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This Splintered Silence

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Kayla Thanks so much, Belle! This one is an unrelated standalone with no connection to The Sandcastle Empire—can't wait to share more details soon! <3

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"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
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


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
Emily Murphy
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Vicky Who Reads
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drcs, arcs, wishlist
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
Amber (Books of Amber)
Sep 08, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
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.
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star

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
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018-reads, sci-fi
* 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
Carlie Sorosiak
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ooooooooh my goodness, y'all. Please prepare yourselves for this book, because it's going to absolutely blow your mind.
♠ 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???

Jennie Shaw
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.75/5 ⭐. Great thriller, full RTC once I've got my writing mojo back x
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harper, mystery, sci-fi
*4.5 stars*
I really liked this one! The main character was so well developed and the writing/plot was so gripping.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, sci-fi-current
3.5 stars. I think most of my issues with this book come from the odd framing of it. We never get to see any kind of "normal" on the ship, and all of the plague that happened is dispassionately summed up to us in the first couple of pages. Since we have no baseline for how these characters interact when they're not dealing with all of this stuff, their relationships feel shallow and don't make sense. We're told several times that the core group of 4 were really great friends, and we see some of ...more
Sep 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
Guessed who the murder was in under 100 pages.
Kelly Chaplin
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
*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
Celia McMahon
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Ann Tamimi
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Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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
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
Kathy Martin
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF - too slow paced and boring for me.
Stephanie Hatfield
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 !
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of murder mysteries and thrillers
3.5 stars
The aspect of this book I appreciate the most is how authentic Lindley’s voice is. Despite how crazy the situation is and how, at times, it may seem unbelievable that a group of teenagers could survive on a space station alone, Lindley’s perspective offers the honest truth to their survival. Her thought process on how to make sure everything is in working order helps smooth out any wrinkles one might have in trying to decipher whether the events of this book were plausible.

But since it’
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Stacy Payne
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-releases
I wish this hadn't been my last read of 2018, but alas. It wasn't very good, and I spent the last 60% of the book scanning pages just to get to the end.

What I didn't like:

It was boring, and not very much happened. The book literally could have been 100 pages or more shorter, and it wouldn't have made a difference. There was very little content, it was repetitive, and took forever to get to the point.

The problem is that I've read so many fantastic science fiction books in 2018, and this one jus
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 ...more
Sarah (The Clever Reader)
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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Kayla Olson lives in Texas, and can usually be found in near proximity to black coffee, the darkest chocolate, Scrivener, and an army of Sharpie highlighters.

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