Schism by Britt Holewinski

A virus created by the government is discharged before the testing was complete and it kills every adult in this world. Only children survived. Andy and her four friends travel to numerous places to accomplish something more than survive day-to-day basis. This is what Schism by Britt Holewinkski is all about.

Dystopian books are extremely well known these days. A couple of years prior, I read every Dystopian book that I could get my hands on however I now realize that all of those books (with the exception of Hunger Games) are all the same. It generally begins with a brunette or blonde girl, Andy, that has a feeling that she needs to overthrow the government. Their parents always die in the first few chapters and the main character always meets an extremely good looking guy that is into her. Even though her main goal is to overthrow the government, she still has time for her crush! Something happens to one of Andy’s friends, Morgan, and after a few weeks, Andy’s friend is fine! The author neglects to say Morgan’s considerations at all or difficulties that she is experiencing. In each awful Dystopian book, there is always a guy that the main character likes and because of his reserved/cold personality, they’re naturally charmed by him. The only character that was somewhat fascinating was Maria. She stays in a desolated place with her siblings so they won’t be in harm’s way. In any case, the most irritating part was that the only Latinx person in the book is the daughter of a Mexican drug lord. Seriously? It is extremely cliche and disappointing that many authors connect the only Hispanic person to something gang and/or drug-related.

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Schism can be kind of unenthusiastic when you know the entire plot of the story just by reading the first two chapters because it’s so cliche. There were numerous parts of the story that were exceptionally interesting yet the author hit the forward button and focused on building the exhausting relationship between the main characters, Andy and Ben. A few things happened in Bermuda, Colorado, and California, which in my opinion, were far more intriguing than what was happening in New York. All of the characters were either black or white when it came to personalities, none in between. They were all one dimensional not memorable at all. There was no inner monologue which could have been intriguing since you could read the characters’ thoughts and could have created more mind boggling characters. I would be lying if I did not say that the background characters were more interesting than the main ones. I think the main problem that Schism had was that it was excessively hurried. The author wanted to do way too many things for the first book. 

The ending of this book was a bit of a cliffhanger which the author did it intentionally so you would read the second book however the writer overlooked that in order to read the second book, you would have to like the debut book first. Schism would be viewed as a stunning book if the readers have not read a plot so similar to it at least a couple of times.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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