Book Review – This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson

this splintered silenceLindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. The disease was supposed to be over; the second generation was supposed to be immune. But as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality that either the virus has mutated or something worse is happening: one of their own is a killer.

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I adored this book! I have been complaining about the lack of proper mysteries in YA, and this really fit the bill for me; plus combining it with sci-fi? Yes please!

I gave it 4.5 stars because the plot kept moving nicely and every time I put it down it was so hard not to pick it right back up again. I found it fast paced and intriguing. Other than the love triangle, which I’ll come back to, the characters were really good too – I really felt the pressure for Lindley to keep up with what she felt was good enough, and to look after the others on the station. And her worries and concerns were so plain, my heart broke for her!

The boys were a bit argh though, it felt that heath was sort of taking advantage of her being flustered and then Leo got jealous, and honestly guys?? NOT THE TIME!! You know? I loved the part of Lindley that was like that, and going “um no, don’t have time”! And surprisingly, I actually sort of like that we got a bit of a triangle and a little drama, because it felt natural. She’s stressed and confused, she’s allowed to have a moment of weakness before going back to her duties. I didn’t love the storyline overall, but I did like that it made her seem a little more human, and a little more like a teenager.

I had a couple of guesses on who was behind it all, but nothing concrete, it was pretty well done from that angle. Though, I think there could have been a *tiny* bit more suspense (on the mystery side, there was plenty on the what happens next side lol) – more mystery and less space virus or confusion with earth, maybe? But honestly that is such a minor quibble.

I loved everything about this, and highly recommend you try it out 🙂

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