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Lindley 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 Lindley 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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Lindley 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 Lindley 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.

30 review for This Splintered Silence

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peachy

    "I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it’s even happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once under too much weight, and without warning." Themes: survival, friendships, relationships, growing up together, evolving bonds, science, technology, space station, leadership, stepping up, grief, trust, asking for help, virus, mutation, murder, contagion, space, stress, pressure Nothing quite like what I expected, This Splintered Silence is a surprising mix o "I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it’s even happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once under too much weight, and without warning." Themes: survival, friendships, relationships, growing up together, evolving bonds, science, technology, space station, leadership, stepping up, grief, trust, asking for help, virus, mutation, murder, contagion, space, stress, pressure Nothing quite like what I expected, This Splintered Silence is a surprising mix of familiar and well-loved genres: mostly scifi, somewhat dystopian, a little romance and a healthy amount of mystery, thriller, and suspense. If you liked Kayla’s debut novel, The Sandcastle Empire, this one will come as a pleasant surprise – it’s a sort of evolution, retaining all of the qualities I loved in TSE – strong character development, engaging plot, incredible prose, solid world-building – and then it ups it a few more notches! Although the plot is certainly engaging, I would say that TSS is more character-driven than anything. Written in Lindley’s POV, the focus is on how she’s reacting more than what’s happening around her. It’s about how Lindley deals with leadership and the pressure and stress that comes with the role, but also with how she decides on what to trust, who to trust. It’s really quite astonishing to get into the mindset of such an intense character like Lindley! I first fell in love with Kayla’s prose in The Sandcastle Empire, and this only rekindles my love for it. The words fall so naturally together on the page – it seems effortless. I’m not really sure how to describe it, but there’s a distinct trademark in it, quite inexplicable. Maybe it reminds me of a modern Tolstoy – Tolstoy can write countless scenes of groups of people merely sipping tea but never do they seem too dull, but also never overly elaborate. I say this because one of my favorite chapters in the book is just the main character eating chocolate – and it’s forever seared in my memory! But my favorite parts are also the metaphors that aren’t far-fetched at all but are so unique and I’m all admiration! I wish I could come up with half the stuff that she comes up with! I would have loved some more details about the world, but it’s solid enough to not leave you distracted about it. The entire mood of the novel kept me on my toes – and there was this point in the novel where you can feel the fraught nerves, the intensity of the situation – when things have reached the tipping point. For the few of us who appreciate a love triangle, there’s something to be excited about – it’s not at all the focus, but the few scenes dedicated to it are really good – the love interests are totally swoonworthy! Overall, if you couldn’t tell yet – this was everything I was hoping for and more! I tried to wait it out before I wrote this review to give myself some time to tone down my enthusiasm to a more reasonable proportion. Part of me is so happy I got to read this early, but part of me is regretful because that means I have to wait who-knows-how-long for Kayla’s next novel! I highly recommend it to those who like scifi / mystery / thriller / survival reads! BLOG REVIEW: https://goo.gl/vNonbD AMAZON ASSOCIATE LINK: Buy your copy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5* This was quite a fun book! While not perfect, I found it to be quite enjoyable and I was certainly invested in the mystery aspect of the story. Let's break it down into likes/dislikes, because I cannot really talk about the plot too much for fear of spoiling! The Stuff I Liked: •It was incredibly entertaining. Despite any other flaws, I just plain really liked the story. Is it murd You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5* This was quite a fun book! While not perfect, I found it to be quite enjoyable and I was certainly invested in the mystery aspect of the story. Let's break it down into likes/dislikes, because I cannot really talk about the plot too much for fear of spoiling! The Stuff I Liked: •It was incredibly entertaining. Despite any other flaws, I just plain really liked the story. Is it murder? Is it a virus mutation? Something else? I am not telling obviously, but you get the idea- there are a lot of possibilities. Which keeps the reader engaged, as you'd imagine. And while I thought I might have figured it out a few times, I didn't actually until much later. •The explanations seemed legit. I mean, okay, I don't actually know from a scientific perspective because I am not some kind of... space biologist or something. But to my common sense it sounded reasonable. And really, that is all I need. Sometimes in the "adults are gone" shtick, the reasons are... suspect at best. Here, that isn't the case. •I really felt for Lindley and the other characters. Can you imagine all the adults just dying over a few week period? Because it sounds awful. Not only do you have to figure everything out on your own, but you have to deal with a crap ton of emotions while you're doing it. Then throw in dead friends and well, it's not a great scenario. •The stakes are crazy high. I mean, they're in space by themselves with who knows what killing them. I don't actually think stakes get much higher, as a rule? The Stuff I Didn't: •Especially at first (but really throughout the thing) I had a hard time keeping track of who's who. Lindley is the main character, and narrator. And we spend a ton of time in her head, obviously. And she does spend time with other characters, but there are just so many of them. Even her "inner circle" is six people, and man, I had trouble keeping them straight. •The romance situation is a veritable Gale-Katniss-Peeta love triangle. But where the aforementioned triangle added something to the story, I didn't feel like this one did. I didn't really care who, if anyone, she ended up with, though I didn't dislike either guy either. Bottom Line: Super entertaining and full of action and mystery, it's definitely worth checking out if you're a sci-fi fan!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily Murphy

    A gorgeously written, tautly plotted thriller. I inhaled this book and relished the twists and turns it took. I love the way This Splintered Silence weaves science, technology, grief, panic, and the nuance of human relationship into a tightly woven web--and an ending I never saw coming.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    4 stars The Sandcastle Empire was one of my favorite reads from last year--an action-packed read full of deadly situations in a unique setting. And This Splintered Silence did not disappoint, with its cast of characters who you doubt every step of the way and a main character struggling to maintain captainship of the spaceship, you're definitely invested in what's going on with these teens in space. I mean, they're going through a whole lot with all of their parents dying and having to control 80 t 4 stars The Sandcastle Empire was one of my favorite reads from last year--an action-packed read full of deadly situations in a unique setting. And This Splintered Silence did not disappoint, with its cast of characters who you doubt every step of the way and a main character struggling to maintain captainship of the spaceship, you're definitely invested in what's going on with these teens in space. I mean, they're going through a whole lot with all of their parents dying and having to control 80 teens on a ship as their food supply dwindles and people appear to be dying from a mutation of the virus that killed their parents. Or, well, they appear to be. But as the main character, Lindley, soon finds out, this is no virus. There's a murderer on board, and This Splintered Silence is a murder mystery full of twists that will leave you guessing as to who the culprit--or culprits--are. I loved the murder mystery portion of this novel, and that's definitely my favorite part of this book! Reading Lindley go around trying to figure out the murderer--who might be among her friends--was definitely suspenseful and kept me on edge and guessing. I had a guess, but then I scrapped it because it was too obvious, and in the end I didn't really end up getting the right person as the murderer as I had chucked my guess (which was incorrect, so). Definitely twisty and makes you doubt a lot of people, everyone is under suspicion except Lindley. One of the things I love about Olson's books is just her writing style--a lot of her chapters are a little shorter, but it's still enjoyable with how she writes the book and pushes the plot along. Where the star came off was honestly because I found it to be less--deadly feeling as The Sandcastle Empire, which is largely why I ended up liking this less. A lot of the boo is a mystery, and there's not a lot of threats that you can see, which was more present in The Sandcastle Empire. Like, the threats are largely hidden and a big part of the story is finding out who the threat is, not necessarily encountering that action. So although This Splintered Silence wasn't as action packed, I love the mystery behind it. It's just a different vibe, and I like how flexible Olson is with her writing. Similarly, Olson writes really good premises without a lot of infodumps, and you understand the situation that led these teens to live on this spaceship with their (now dead) parents. And, I really enjoyed the character dynamics with the romance. I liked how Olson portrayed the main character under a lot of stress and not necessarily knowing what she wants, and I like how it wasn't really resolved by the end. The romance dynamics were very different, and I got the vibe that it's okay to not know what you want, which I really enjoyed! Overall, This Splintered Silence was a great sci-fi murder mystery read that I definitely recommend to fans of The 100 and One of Us Is Lying, as well as anyone who has enjoyed Olson's work in the past. And if you haven't read any of these, well, you know you want a space book anyways! Thank you so much to Kayla Olson for the ARC and Edelweiss + Harper Collins for the digital review copy in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Twitter AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amber (Books of Amber)

    I didn't finish this book because I didn't like the writing style. Every sentence was so horribly dramatic. You know that character in Inside Out who says "I would die for Riley" in THAT voice? It was like that. Every. Single. Sentence.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carlie Sorosiak

    Ooooooooh my goodness, y'all. Please prepare yourselves for this book, because it's going to absolutely blow your mind.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI ♠

    Another book about a young girl trapped in a sudden position of loneliness and leadership on a ship hurtling through the dark vacuum of space???

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    * 3.5 stars * A book I wanted to love ended up being a murder mystery I’m not sure I buy but overall it wasn’t a bad novel. “This Splintered Silence” begins at the end of a contagion that took the lives of the first generation of those who made the jump from Earth to space leaving behind a community of children to take the reins when a sudden death of one of their own with eerie similarities to the original plague threatens to unravel an already fragile social order as those in charge are forced * 3.5 stars * A book I wanted to love ended up being a murder mystery I’m not sure I buy but overall it wasn’t a bad novel. “This Splintered Silence” begins at the end of a contagion that took the lives of the first generation of those who made the jump from Earth to space leaving behind a community of children to take the reins when a sudden death of one of their own with eerie similarities to the original plague threatens to unravel an already fragile social order as those in charge are forced to make decisions and rally the troops before it all erupts into chaos. This book is definitely one of those somewhat bleak if it can break it’s definitely going to sort of vibes and that really plays to its strength as it wears down these young adults who were forced to grow up when those in charge died making them more susceptible to missing the signs of a killer amongst themselves. Not only are they dealing with the deaths and the threat of another disease they are also dealing with the more mundane problems of defense, food shortages and managing to help 80+ kids deal with their grief. What didn’t work for me first and foremost was the love triangle aspect. In a book like this with so much going on I understand the distraction of a romance being a godsend but in this case we’re shown two very different people and a running theme of conflicted feelings that never get resolved. If you’re going to drag us along through a romance like that at least give us some sort of conclusion to it! Another thing that sort of bothered me was I really didn’t get the overall motive behind the killings, I think our main character made better points when going through her potential list than the actual explanation and maybe it’s just me which is fine but I like a better more rounded out why than what this book offered. This isn’t a bad novel and once it starts it never lets up as it builds to this crescendo where everything’s gone wrong and bodies keep dropping but instead of being left on my seat waiting to see where we’d go next I’m just sort of laid back about it? I don’t know I think if you really enjoy that kind of tone of a book one Illuminae Files you’ll be disappointed but if you’re looking for something similar if not lite this is for you. **special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

    I had such high hopes for this book, but sadly I was disappointed. It's got great reviews, too, so looks like I was the black sheep yet again *shrugs* Mostly I was bored. The mystery of not knowing why people were dying kept me going, but I found the plot and the book overall to be very dull. The prose was choppy and awkward and I had trouble getting into it. We are given ZERO description whatsoever, so I had trouble picturing the setting or any of the characters. They're in space. That's about I had such high hopes for this book, but sadly I was disappointed. It's got great reviews, too, so looks like I was the black sheep yet again *shrugs* Mostly I was bored. The mystery of not knowing why people were dying kept me going, but I found the plot and the book overall to be very dull. The prose was choppy and awkward and I had trouble getting into it. We are given ZERO description whatsoever, so I had trouble picturing the setting or any of the characters. They're in space. That's about all we get. The world building was abysmal. I didn't care about any of the bland, uninspiring characters, least of all the main character. I forget her name and honestly can't even be bothered to look it up because I hated her anyway. She was one of those girls - the ones that like to "keep their options open." -insert violent eye roll- She kept bouncing back and forth between Leo and Heath - sometimes even kissing one then the other within mere pages of each other. It pissed me off, and ruined what tiny bit of enjoyment I was getting from the story (infinitesimal already). (view spoiler)[She also wastes water when they were on low supply - it was before she found out about it, yes, but there was absolutely no feeling of regret over wasting it, and she was being all judgy and bitchy to other people for wasting water. Hypocrite. (hide spoiler)] I felt so apathetic toward this story that by the time things actually started happening, I couldn't muster up any fucks for it. The big reveal was just meh, and the ending was anticlimactic. I barely remembered anything - this book was forgettable at best. This review was originally posted on Novel Heartbeat. To see a breakdown of my assessment, please visit the full review here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Shaw

    I've been looking forward to THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE since I first heard of it. As a fan Kayla Olson's debut, I was extra psyched because books set in space have a special place in my heart. The YA market has blended quite a bit into the adult market, and I'm happy report that THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE was, most definitely, a book written for teens. Lindley's decision making process reminded me a lot of my younger years, where immediacy trumps all. By that, I mean that every problem feels like an I've been looking forward to THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE since I first heard of it. As a fan Kayla Olson's debut, I was extra psyched because books set in space have a special place in my heart. The YA market has blended quite a bit into the adult market, and I'm happy report that THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE was, most definitely, a book written for teens. Lindley's decision making process reminded me a lot of my younger years, where immediacy trumps all. By that, I mean that every problem feels like an emergency, and when problems are *actually* an emergency, the tension feels like it will break you in half. Using the space setting also added to the urgency, as there was a thin line between life and death to begin with, so when things started to go wrong with the space station itself, Lindley used every bit of strength in her reserve to keep it together. Non spoiler alert: it only sort of worked. Combining grief and a lack of sleep, some decisions were doomed for failure, but Lindley and her crew never gave up. There were a few areas that I wished were stronger, storylines that could have been more fleshed out, but because Lindley's internal journey took centre stage (in first person POV) there wasn't much room for others. That said, I'm not sure the story would have worked in third person. Overall, I didn't connect as strongly to THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE as I did to Olson's debut, THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, but for actual young adult readers, I think it's a solid choice. Big thanks to HCC Frenzy for an ARC!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kath (Read Forevermore)

    An arc of this book was sent to me by Harper Collins and Kayla Olson for a book tour. All thoughts and opinions on this book are honest and my own. Rating: 4.5 / 5 Beautifully written, engaging and character driven book. This book is a perfect mix of science fiction, romance, thriller, and suspense. The prose of this book was just so beautiful and natural, and it brought the development of this story so perfectly! It was perfectly paced, and I found myself devouring this book real quickly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    trufflebooks

    3.75/5 ⭐. Great thriller, full RTC once I've got my writing mojo back x

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    *4.5 stars* I really liked this one! The main character was so well developed and the writing/plot was so gripping.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessie_Book

    Guessed who the murder was in under 100 pages.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sya

    Thrilling, chilling and altogether unputdownable the predictability of the core whodunnit doesn't take away from the overall success of this creepy space opera. Sadly it features a rather dull love triangle but hopefully that will be swiftly resolved in any sequel as the romance feels shoehorned into what is otherwise a tight plot that would have benefited more from exploring the strong friendships involved than any non-platonic relationships. This, however, didn't stop me reading it in one sitt Thrilling, chilling and altogether unputdownable the predictability of the core whodunnit doesn't take away from the overall success of this creepy space opera. Sadly it features a rather dull love triangle but hopefully that will be swiftly resolved in any sequel as the romance feels shoehorned into what is otherwise a tight plot that would have benefited more from exploring the strong friendships involved than any non-platonic relationships. This, however, didn't stop me reading it in one sitting and generally enjoying it all very much.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura Holt

    "I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it's happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once." What's the last book that kept you up at night? For me, it was This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson! This book was, in a word, phenomenal. It had so many twists and turns that I couldn't tell which way was up and which way was down! Needless to say, the ending completely took me by surprise. Plus, Kayla's writing is stark and fresh, with the kind of perfect p "I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it's happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once." What's the last book that kept you up at night? For me, it was This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson! This book was, in a word, phenomenal. It had so many twists and turns that I couldn't tell which way was up and which way was down! Needless to say, the ending completely took me by surprise. Plus, Kayla's writing is stark and fresh, with the kind of perfect pacing that keeps you engaged regardless of what else is going on around you. Her mc has a strong, relatable voice. The setting (space!) was super cool, and she described it so vividly it made me feel like I'd really been there. Aaand, for those of you who enjoy a good love triangle like me, this book has one that will tie your heartstrings into knots. Needless to say, if there was an above-5-star rating, this book would get it. But, since there isn't, 5 stars! All the stars!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Hatfield

    Insert thoughts that make sense. i cannot even wrap my head and formulate thoughts about this book right now 😂😂 better review at a later date !

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I couldn't put this down! The main character is SO relatable and the story was intense and unpredictable. One of my favorite reads this year!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lifecatsandbookchats

    No one who remembers them, no legacy left behind: those are lies, if I really break them down. Even if I die for this choice- possible self-sacrifice, me for my people- a legacy of integrity is the greatest thing I could offer. It's certainly preferable to a life propped by fear and lies. Sooner or later, that life would collapse. What another glorious read from Kayla! It was everything I had hoped for and then some. Think about it, really think about it, if you were 16 and lost every adult you ca No one who remembers them, no legacy left behind: those are lies, if I really break them down. Even if I die for this choice- possible self-sacrifice, me for my people- a legacy of integrity is the greatest thing I could offer. It's certainly preferable to a life propped by fear and lies. Sooner or later, that life would collapse. What another glorious read from Kayla! It was everything I had hoped for and then some. Think about it, really think about it, if you were 16 and lost every adult you cared about around you and thrust in to taking on a major roll how would you react? I don't think I truly appreciated Lindley's character until writing out this review. I found myself frustrated at times at how our main character would act to situations or even the things she would say, but really I think Kayla is that much more brilliant in writing a very fictional story from a very realistic teenage girls point of view. Characters today are always the unexpected heroes and always know how to handle pressure even when never being taught how to. Kayla gives a real perspective on how a 16 year old might handle a situation like this, such as: crying all the time, finding it hard to make decisions, making wrong decisions (repeatedly), lying, worrying about not so dire drama, etc. I love her writing even more for it! Don't expect to be sitting back in your seat while reading this either. I found myself so anxious to uncover the truth behind the deaths on the ship and which, out of the ever growing problems, would be their demise that I actually skimmed pages (which I never do) to get to the answers! You will most certainly be yelling at the book in the best possible way for answers. I really thought I knew the outcome and source of their problems that when the truth came out I laughed at myself because I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong. If you enjoyed reading Illuminae, One of Us is Lying, and/or Lord of the Flies I believe you won't be disappointed!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a chance to review this title This book thrusts you into a virus-ridden space station commanded by seventeen-year-old Lindley who is forced into the position after the adults are killed off. This book was fun and exciting and I shall break it down for you. I really liked the mystery of the story. We've got this virus which may or may not is killing the second generation crew aboard the station. BUUUUUUUT we don't know if it's the virus. It could be murd Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a chance to review this title This book thrusts you into a virus-ridden space station commanded by seventeen-year-old Lindley who is forced into the position after the adults are killed off. This book was fun and exciting and I shall break it down for you. I really liked the mystery of the story. We've got this virus which may or may not is killing the second generation crew aboard the station. BUUUUUUUT we don't know if it's the virus. It could be murder. It could be aliens. It could all a bad dream. I feel that, even though I didn't connect with Lindley at first, I grew to like her character a lot as the book went on. She grew as she strived to maintain a ship and its surviving crew, dealing with food shortages and other real problems. The others main characters were very well done, as well. I felt as though I cared for them which is a must for me in survival stories like this. The love triangle thing wasn't necessary, but it didn't bother me much. It did feel as though nothing really came of it as it should have. With so much going on, I'm not sure that aspect should have been presented if it wasn't going to be fleshed out. This was an interesting and quick read for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It was just okay. It didn't waste any time thrusting us into the action which, for some, can be jarring. For myself, it did take a minute to settle into the plot, but once I did, I was good to go. As with Sandcastle Empire, the writing style was not my thing, but I liked this one far more. If you liked books like Illuminae, Contagion, The 100, and Sanctuary, this is the book for you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    This Splintered Silence is written in a very specific style, one that leans very heavily on repetition and emdashes. It's a style that heightens drama and can be quite quotable, but it's not a style that I personally enjoy. Here's a sample so you can see if this book might be for you. "My mother once told me—before she died, before her colleagues died, before everyone who wasn't born here on the station died—that each soul is tied to a star, a trail of stardust the tether. As long as the sky is f This Splintered Silence is written in a very specific style, one that leans very heavily on repetition and emdashes. It's a style that heightens drama and can be quite quotable, but it's not a style that I personally enjoy. Here's a sample so you can see if this book might be for you. "My mother once told me—before she died, before her colleagues died, before everyone who wasn't born here on the station died—that each soul is tied to a star, a trail of stardust the tether. As long as the sky is full of stars, and as long as there are people alive to see it, there is hope. She was the first to flicker, fade, blink to utter blackness. She never saw the sky after the disease left its mark on us. One hundred stars have gone out in the past six weeks, extinguished and smothered and choked and simply—whoosh—blown out—by the CRW-0001 pathogen. One hundred out of the one hundred who were sent here eighteen years ago. One hundred percent. We are parentless. Mentorless. Medicless. Chefless. Commanderless. Less and less and less. It's been five days since the last of them passed: five days of embers and ashes and choking down the stench of death, and our grief, so we don't fall apart. Five days spent picking up the pieces of all the broken everything. All the broken everyone."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Chaplin

    *3.5 stars* My heart is still pounding. When Lindley steps up to take command of the remaining survivors on her ship after an extremely contagious virus wipes out the adults, I couldn't help but be proud. Score one for teenagers. It was quite an interesting ride, trying to guess what was happening (and trust me, there is a LOT happening), I can't even begin to understand how these tough teens pulled it off. And, I think that's part of the problem I had with this book, that everything that transp *3.5 stars* My heart is still pounding. When Lindley steps up to take command of the remaining survivors on her ship after an extremely contagious virus wipes out the adults, I couldn't help but be proud. Score one for teenagers. It was quite an interesting ride, trying to guess what was happening (and trust me, there is a LOT happening), I can't even begin to understand how these tough teens pulled it off. And, I think that's part of the problem I had with this book, that everything that transpired wasn't as believable as I would have liked. However, it was still a page-turner. Beyond entertaining. And, I couldn't applaud Lindley enough.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christen (GoldiloxReads and Whimsify)

    This one doesn’t waste anytime jumping right into the story and I absolutely love this author for that. We get into the main plot right off the bat and the story never slows down until the very last page. This one is part sci-fi, part murder mystery and I was trying to figure it out until the shocking reveal of what was really going on. But, the star here is really the writing. Short chapters, straight and to the point writing style, and fantastic descriptions of emotion and loss. Highly recomme This one doesn’t waste anytime jumping right into the story and I absolutely love this author for that. We get into the main plot right off the bat and the story never slows down until the very last page. This one is part sci-fi, part murder mystery and I was trying to figure it out until the shocking reveal of what was really going on. But, the star here is really the writing. Short chapters, straight and to the point writing style, and fantastic descriptions of emotion and loss. Highly recommend!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah (The Clever Reader)

    This YA Sci-Fi turned thriller kept me on my toes! In the most dire of circumstances six teens are forced to navigate the intricate workings of a space station after the most horrific event leaves them in charge of 85 people, a possible food shortage, and radio silence from Earth. You’ll learn that friendship, loyalty, and trust among the lead characters will be tested and in the end you won’t know who to trust.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Faubion

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have been in a bummer of a reading slump, and This Splintered Silence totally yanked me out. I was on the edge of my seat.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    DNF - too slow paced and boring for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    Oh, this book was so awesome! Go space thrillers! Very quick paced, and I really enjoyed it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I won an arc of this gorgeous book from Kayla, and I'm so glad that I did! Not only was the plot gripping, but I was also so drawn in to each of the individual characters. Though the story is from Lindley's perspective, I found myself often trying to put myself in the shoes of the other characters as well. Lindley's (and I suspect Kayla's) love and devotion to them immediately made each of them important in their own right. The story, which was so much more emotional than I was expecting, centers I won an arc of this gorgeous book from Kayla, and I'm so glad that I did! Not only was the plot gripping, but I was also so drawn in to each of the individual characters. Though the story is from Lindley's perspective, I found myself often trying to put myself in the shoes of the other characters as well. Lindley's (and I suspect Kayla's) love and devotion to them immediately made each of them important in their own right. The story, which was so much more emotional than I was expecting, centers around relationships, especially friendships, and the bonds that make and break them. There is so much depth to the connections between Lindley and each of her friends-turned-family that I very acutely felt her love and turmoil and hope and every other emotion under the sun. "One hundred percent of us have lost someone who meant the entire universe." The impact of that simple, but gut-wrenching, sentence is felt throughout this entire book. Every action and every decision made by Lindley, thanks to her new leadership role, is rooted in such a deep and honest place that I never questioned her. Not once did I feel like she did something unrealistic or out of character. There was no useless drama or obnoxious characters just to further plot, everything felt authentic and true. I can't say that for many YA books, and I truly appreciate it. This is the first book I've read by Kayla Olson, however I have already ordered The Sandcastle Empire and now can't wait to read that one! Kayla has a way with words that often took my breath away. More than once I found myself rereading a sentence because it was so beautiful and/or so thought-provoking. I can't wait to read more by this incredibly talented author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    J'ai adoré ma lecture du début à la fin. J'ai rigolé, j'ai eu peur, j'ai pleuré... Tout ça en 359 pages. Encore une super oeuvre signée Kayla Olson !! UN COUP DE COEUR INTERGALACTICAL (oohh un jeu de mot ! Coïncidence?! Non je ne pense pas !)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Lambert

    I have never read a thriller in space, let alone one with such mystery and suspense. Put this on your TBR for its November release, because you don't want to miss it! I received an ARC of TSS, so I will not be quoting any lines at the moment, but there were so many chilling, gorgeous sentences that were 100% worth quoting. Kayla's writing is atmospheric and beautiful, and her story-telling completely sucks you in. TSS takes place on a space station with the original purpose of performing scientifi I have never read a thriller in space, let alone one with such mystery and suspense. Put this on your TBR for its November release, because you don't want to miss it! I received an ARC of TSS, so I will not be quoting any lines at the moment, but there were so many chilling, gorgeous sentences that were 100% worth quoting. Kayla's writing is atmospheric and beautiful, and her story-telling completely sucks you in. TSS takes place on a space station with the original purpose of performing scientific tests of terra-forming endeavors on new planets. The setting was very limited (it only took place on the station), and while you may expect that to create a dull, boring atmosphere for the story, it was anything but! In fact, the close quarters enhanced the suspense. TSS is a space thriller, where a deadly virus wipes out half the crew, and then begins picking off its youngest members -- members who were thought to be immune. Soon, though, revelations call the virus into question, and Lindley (the newly-appointed acting commander) begins to suspect that there is a murderer among them. This book is completely different than Kayla's first novel, The Sandcastle Empire (which is one of my faves -- a 5 star read as well). While there is definitely a stamp that makes it Kayla's, this story blazes its own path. The whole concept of being trapped in a steel-and-glass death ship, floating in endless space, with members mysteriously dying each day, was eerie and gripping. I read the last third of TSS on a flight, and I was flipping the pages madly, fist pressed to my lips, silently trying to swallow my rising panic. I absolutely devoured it! The woman next to me on the plane even leaned over and said, "Is that a good book?" And I, of course, said YES. The thing about this book is that it is less of a spatial story, and more of a depth-based one. Instead of a sprawling narrative where the characters move and explore and discover things, Lindley and the other crew members are trapped in a station. Much of the story is Lindley's internalization of events. That by no means makes it boring, as Lindley's voice is so rich and deep and engaging. Also, the love triangle was up there as my top favorite complicated love stories, not because I equally rooted for each of the guys, but because I fervently changed my mind over and over. In the beginning, I despised the idea of her ending up with one of her love interests, but as the story progressed, I grew to ship him with Lindley, and then I rooted for them. But then there would be a scene with my first pick, and I'd switch teams again. By the end of it, I had thrown up my hands in frustration. I couldn't pick a favorite! But I loved that. Both of their characters were so three-dimensional and interesting. There was so much angst within the triangle that just added a great dynamic to the story. I mean, nothing goes better with murder than complicated love, am I right? In regard to the ending, I did have a hunch of the big reveal, but only within the last 50 pages or so, and I was always second-guessing it. Kayla made it so difficult to settle on one definitive idea, because then the tables turned and threw a wrench in everything. Everyone is suspect, nothing is certain, and I loved that mystery! The metaphors relating feelings to stars and celestial events just MADE this story. There were parallels drawn between fading trust and dying stars, exploding panic and ravaging supernovas. The imagery was really wonderful and immersive. I haven't read another book like this one. It felt so fresh and new, and that, along with the edge-of-my-seat, WHAT-IS-HAPPENING feeling, made it another amazing read which I thoroughly enjoyed! Mark your calendars for November 13th 2018, people.

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