by Sharon M. Johnston
I got the chance to read an ARC of this book in exchange for a review, and I am so thankful for this opportunity, for this book was remarkable and so great. It’s probably one of the best reads this year, and I found myself unable to put it down.
Divided is a unique and very interesting story about a young woman, Mishca, who struggles with finding who she is after a heart transplant. The story hooks you from the first sentence and never really lets you go.
The author writes so well and makes Mishca’s feelings pop off the page, and it lets the reader feel her struggles with accepting that her life meant someone else had to die. It all seems so real and every page you want to reach into the book and give Mishca a comforting hug. The characters and the settings also feel real, and it’s all shown with just the right amount of descriptions.
As the story moves on it turn into a very interesting love story, which end up getting extremely exciting as Mishca starts discovering she has extraordinary powers. As if Mishca didn’t already have enough to struggle with, but together with Mishca’s determination to discover the truth about her background, this makes for such an exciting read.
And just when you think that you have it all figured out, you get a pleasant slap in the face for being wrong. The way the story twists and turns is remarkable, and in the end I simply found myself gawking at the last page with my mouth wide open. But that’s very much a good thing.
It feels mainly like a romance novel, but with some very interesting elements of Sci-Fi, which also happened to be the part I loved the most. It can be a bit slow at times, especially in the beginning, but the writing feels so real that it didn’t affect me that much. The book also spans over a pretty long period, and time can pass a lot between chapters, which sometimes made me a little confused. However, these things do not take away from the story in any way, and it’s just a minor thing for me.
Overall, I’m blown away with the way Sharon M. Johnston made this story come alive, and how she managed to make it fun and romantic while at the same time dealing with deep and heavy subjects.
I’ve given this book a very strong 4,5 stars (rounded up to 5) on Goodreads, and this is a book I can highly recommend to anyone.
The book is scheduled for release in November 2015, but you can head over to City Owl Press and pre-order the book right now, and I highly suggest you do so. It will become available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo later on too.