The Split Second
Thirteen-year-old Becker Drane works as a Fixer for The Seems. From the Department of Weather to the Department of Sleep, The Seems is a secret organisation that makes sure out world keeps running- and more importantly, sticks to The Plan that's been made for it. In this second book, Becker's faith in his abilities is shaken to the core.
On the way to a family holiday, a bomb explodes in the Department of Time and young 'Fixer' Becker is called in to repair the damage. He discovers a path of destruction way beyond his wildest imagination and his faith in The Seems, as well as his abilities as a Fixer, are shaken to the core.
Help comes from a new and ambitious Fixer, as well as a legend from the past. Perhaps Becker can win his battle against The Tide.
Praise for The Glitch in Sleep
'Hulme and Wexler turn the intelligent design concept on its ear in their children's book debut, a kickoff to The Seems series. The authors
create a complex and intricate world with a sometimes daunting array of gadgets, bureaucracy, vocabulary and capitalisation (a glossary is included- and welcome). These details don't become overwhelming, fortunately thanks to the book's consistently lighthearted tone (the Department of Sleep's radio station, WDOZ, broadcasts tracks like 'The Hum of the Air Conditioner (Remix)' into humans' subconscious minds). The high sense of adventure and an abundance of goofball humour should appeal especially to boys.'- Publishers Weekly Children's Book Reviews
'Offbeat exploration of a universe-tilting idea'- Booklist
'I didn't sleep! I literally stayed up all night flipping pages as fast as I could. I liked it
I REALLY liked it!'- Corey, age 12.
John Hulme and Michael Wexler are the editors of Voices of the Xiled, a short story collection for adults, the authors of other works for adult non-fiction. This is their first book for younger readers. Both authors live in New York City.
The Split Second
Allen and Unwin
Author: John Hulme and Michael Wexler