Book Review: Split Second by Sophie McKenzie (Buddy read!)

Today I’m reviewing and crying over Split Second! I buddy-read this with Charli, who runs the To Another World book blog. You can read her review on her blog today, too, if you click on her blog name above! (:

Published by Simon & Schuster, 12th September 2013.

18369082Goodreads Synopsis: Bound together by the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market, teenagers Charlotte (Charlie) and Nat appear at first to have much in common. But, as Charlie gets closer to Nat and his family, she begins to wonder if perhaps he knows more about the attack than he has let on. Split Second is an action-packed thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit.

My Review (TINY spoiler in the third paragraph! Apart form that, spoiler free (: ): OH. I was not expecting to be that blown away by this. Whoa. I’ve been delaying writing this review because it’s actually kind of hard to put it all into words, because… whoa.

Split Second is set in a grim but possible future of the UK: A country torn to shreds by the lack of money, and terrorist gangs bent on pushing foreign people out of the country are raging. I was so excited to read about this, though I started Split Second around the same time as BOMBMAKER by Claire McFall, a book set in almost identical conditions. I guess after realising it was really similar, I was a little scared I’d keep comparing the two books. Ditto to Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, also around racist gangs, but the book turned out to be entirely unique and something really memorable.

I think my only big problem with the book was Charlie… I didn’t like the way that she was so snappy and quick-tempered for the most of the book. I didn’t enjoy the beginning as much as I wanted to because I couldn’t get used to her at first!

Nat, on the other hand, I instantly loved- he was really realistic and three dimensional (though, Charlie was, too!). Their romance was really interesting and complex, because they both find themselves growing close to each other whilst at the heart of something really dangerous.

Split Second is full of thrilling plot twists and surprises, there’s literally no way to figure out the end result! Charli and I were tweeting each other about it all the way through reading. We thought we’d figured it out…. and then BAM. Massive twists threw the book upside down and left the book completely unpredictable. Split Second is definitely for people who love to keep guessing!

The ending left me in a bit of a fangirly, emotional mess. That is all. Split Second probably has the most evil cliffhanger in history… it was a brilliant, but mean way to end the book! I’ve spent the last few weeks brainstorming what could have happened next, but I guess I’ll have to wait until book two, Every Second Counts… *cries*

Overall, Split Second was really thrilling and clever. It’s set in a scarily realistic world, and I really loved the plot. It was evil, but it was so good. Sophie McKenzie is just the Master Of Plot Twists And Consequently Making Georgia And Charli Twitter-Cry. ;D The dual narrative was powerful and captivating, and I really couldn’t predict anything! Really highly recommended to fans of crime mysteries and dystopians. Not to be missed! (:

My Rating:


I purchased a copy of Split Second (SIGNED!! ;D *FANGIRLYSCREAMS*) at a local bookstore.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Split Second by Sophie McKenzie (Buddy read!)

  1. Audrey Geddes

    Oh my goodness – Split Second sounds like a great book! Thank you for sharing this and for such a wonderful review :-). It reminds me of another good thriller I just finished entitled, Chasing A Miracle, by Eliot Hartford Bailey. It is the first book in a trilogy, which captured my attention right away. I could see this one getting made into a film one day! You can find the author’s website here:


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