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The main character from whose viewpoint the book was told in first person had an odd way of speaking she almost never used contractions , and it just didn't feel right for this book. Another character spoke with a Texan accent yes, it was written that way , and the third was Mexican and only spoke broken English or Spanish, which was l 5 stars for the premise of this book and all the crazy, weird "wtf moments" that kept me reading to the end, but I didn't like the characters or the dialogue.

Another character spoke with a Texan accent yes, it was written that way , and the third was Mexican and only spoke broken English or Spanish, which was left untranslated too often and I don't know a single word of Spanish. The combination of those things made it a difficult read and less exciting than it should have been. It's really too bad because this book could have been amazing, but it ended up more "meh". Mar 20, Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed-by-jessie. A refreshing read exploding with creativity and adventure.

Opening Sentence: Leaning against the doorpost of the smithy, I pretend it is a normal day. Given the unique premise of the book, it would seem harder to set up the book without a lot of verbage, but Webb delves right into the action and just keeps it coming. We actually do not learn a ton about the aliens or anything else until later. Webb does a phenomenal job of building the setting and the characters. Although the setting is in a dystopian era, almost all the elements he uses are familiar.

It is difficult not to think that this story would make an awesome movie, but honestly, since the author did his job in describing each adventure in detail, this adventure is much better as a book for those that enjoy reading. I think there is a lot more connection with the characters this way.

The reader is hit with quite a bit of information at once that is never adequately explained. The experience to get to that point is better this way, and the important loose ends are tied up, but it does seem to leave us a little confused. The point of the book becomes more about her discovery of self than what has happened to the world as a whole, and so we end with the focus on her. Megan is a driven, matter-of-fact character, and in order to complete her journey, she has to start putting more trust in her friends, Luis and Kelly.

This is one element in the novel that is vague and underutilized. As such, we develop a relationship with the horses and actually care about the role they play in the plot, which adds to the experience. There were several things in this novel that were refreshing. The first was that the characters were believable.

Webb's Weird Wild West: Western Tales of Horror

They all had flaws and made mistakes and had to rely on each other. They would be extremely difficult to label, but that made them more relatable. The setting in this novel is perhaps the biggest fresh breath of dystopian air. Nothing about it is predictable, and yet, we can still understand it. It is simply spectacular and this book is a perfect read for those searching for something new and clean. Notable Scene: Wesley leads us toward a cauldron set upon a fire of dung bricks. A tiny crone picks up a net of black shapes and smacks it against the cave wall. She stares at me through her cataracts and guts the bats one by one with a practiced swipe of her cleaver, then tosses the into the pot.

And they done shot with maggots this year.

Webb's Weird Wild West: Western Tales of Horror

The inhabitants of the west have reverted back to the old West, using horses for transportation, etc. I liked Megan Bridgwater and her friend Luis. I think the story got off track for me when they reached a town and Kelly went off on her own, playing poker and using one of their horses to bet with, and it just got weirder from there.

It all wraps up neatly at the end, maybe a little too conveniently, but even so, that was a plus for me. Jan 23, Anya rated it it was amazing. It combines a spooky alien apocalypse premise with the thrills and dangers of the Wild West and I just could not get enough. Strengths: The world in Where the Rock Splits the Sky is just amazing and hooked me all the way through.

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The premise gives you a great idea of the eerie nature of the setting: the Earth has literally stopped spinning and the Moon has been destroyed. Where the Rock Splits the Sky is a different take on that combination than Firefly, but I loved it just as much. Running from outlaws and catching a stagecoach has a whole new meaning when some of the outlaws are corpses animated by aliens ya know? The writing and description in Where the Rock Splits the Sky is just beautiful. The title is an excellent example of the eerie description that Webb is able to capture though :D. Where the Rock Splits the Sky is short so the plot is fast and never has a chance to lag.

Just as Megan has figured out the secrets of one place in the Zone, another mystery or goal presents itself and the discoveries begin anew. Despite my love of the descriptions, the dialogue in Where the Rock Splits the Sky feels a bit off at times. Megan speaks and thinks in slightly stilted sentences for some reason. Summary: I very thoroughly enjoyed Where the Rock Splits the Sky, to the point where my boyfriend started poking fun at how often I tried to describe scenes to him because they were just so cool!

If you are a fan of eerie landscapes and some completely original sci-fi places, you have got to read Where the Rock Splits the Sky. Gah, just go read it! View 1 comment. Nov 29, Kai rated it liked it. Review posted at Amaterasu Reads The Earth is in perpetual sunset. It has also stopped spinning.

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The Moon has been split in half. Only thirteen states remain. All of these happened during the Visitation, and Visitors have come to the planet masquerading as humans. Megan was born in this kind of world, with a dead mother and a father who might be Earth's hope for salvation presumed dead, she lives in a place near the Zone, a place where time and space is distorted.

But Megan believes her father isn't dead, and to find him, she has to travel to the Zone. The whole book has this unusual vibe from the first page, so I had a hard time figuring out how to connect with Megan. She's got a stubborn streak, which works in her favor sometimes, plus she's also serious and quiet. Sometimes she has this single minded desire to get through the Zone which clouds her decisions. It takes her a while to trust people and at first, I didn't know how her relationship will work out with Luis and Kelly. Kelly, admittedly, annoyed me.

I don't know how friendship eventually formed between the three of them, as Kelly makes bad decisions one after another in the story. For a potential love interest, I forget Luis half of the time as he's barely felt in the story. He had his own struggles and motivations, but they paled in comparison to Megan's. Sci-fi books tend to introduce concepts and ideas that are new to the readers, often to liven up the story and the plot and ultimately make it more fascinating and interesting, and for Where the Rock Splits the Sky it's the existence of the Zone.

But when not done right, it can create confusion than help move the story in an interesting place. For the most part, I had to re-read the concept behind the Visitors, taking over bodies, and being a tracker. They're aliens? Body snatchers? Also, the concept of setting up "perimeters" using your mind? Being pushed to do things and go a certain way by the Zone?


How does that work? There are a lot of intangibles in this novel that needed stronger descriptions. What really is the Zone? What is it for? I can't form an idea on what it really is, and most of the story relies on this Zone's existence, so I had a hard time forming a concrete view of the world inside my head. I do, however, like how this is fast paced from the very start. Megan was in a chase immediately when the story opened and that instantly makes the reader focus on the story.

Guns blazing, shooting, running, and that gets the story going most of the time. One thing that I also liked was despite my struggle to build a solid world, there are fascinating and equally frightening places Philip Webb managed to insert into the story that gives the reader an idea on how Earth looked like when it stopped spinning.

The people, the dire situations they are facing, and the kind of miserable, hopeless life they have been dealt with by the Visitation was narrated in good detail. What gets weird for me, was the secret behind Megan's very existence, and the very reason why she was looking for her father.

Yes, it was an unexpected twist in the story, but I couldn't fathom how the story came to that conclusion. Again, how?! I felt like it needed more explanation which wasn't really given and it didn't clear much of the questions that arose throughout the story. Interesting concept for a book, but a bit lacking in execution.

It's a bit disappointing for me as it fell short on the criteria that could've made this one heck of a read. I wish I could connect more with the characters.