Monday, October 22, 2012

Aussie Review & Giveaway: The Bridge by Jane Higgins


The Bridge by Jane Higgins
Publication Date: October 9th 2012 (first published August 1, 2011)
Publisher: Tundra Books
Purchase: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble
The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside.

Nik is still in high school but destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn’t chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik.

But Nik is on the run, with Sol’s sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail. They cross the bridge in search of Sol, and Nik finds answers to questions he’d never dared to ask.
My Thoughts:
The Bridge by Jane Higgins is definitely an award-worthy story in its own right. Winner of The Text Prize this intricate novel weaves heavy themes such as political power, friendship, self-identity and survival into a perfectly executed example of writing at its finest.

In this novel, Nik and his fellow classmates of Tornmoor Academy live in a world where their city is at war. There’s the Southside where the hostiles live in desperate, harsh conditions and are fighting to cross the bridge to Cityside, where ISIS controls the area and keeps the hostiles at bay. ISIS comes to Tornmoor Academy to recruit the finest for their cause and immediately after being denied by this elite command, Nik’s school is bombed and he finds himself on the run with his best friends Dash, Fyffe and her little brother Sol. As the story progresses and suddenly Sol is kidnapped by Southside, Nik and Fy infiltrate the Southside camp and uncover details about the war that Cityside has so masterfully concealed.

Nik was a flawless narrator for this novel. He makes the story shift and flow at a deliberate pace that makes you feel like you need to work for the details and answers and when they unfold, there’s a sense of fulfillment that kept me digging for more. I loved his quiet strength and constant determination; and my heart broke for him at the end when he was faulted for something that truly he didn’t deserve. Nik and Fy were the true champions in this book and I commend Jane Higgins for not clouding their story with a needless romance, but rather a genuine friendship. There are other characters that deserve a standing ovation, but for this review I’ll dedicate the stage to my favorite ones Nik and Fy.

There is so much about the ending of this story that screams for a sequel. I want to know who the Academy’s insurgent was? I have my guesses, but I want them confirmed. I want to know what will come of Fy. I fell hard for her character and really came to care for her cause and her values. I’m curious what will come of Dash and Jono despite not caring for them as much. The Bridge was great, but I feel there’s more to tell. Overall, I enjoyed every aspect of this story and I’m hoping there’s a sequel to ease my mind. Awesome book!        

4.5 Snowflakes

The Bridge Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY!!
Sooo, if this sounds like an Aussie book you can enjoy, fill out the rafflecopter and tell us about the book you're currently reading. Good luck!
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Please note: If you win and live outside the US or Canada, please allow for a longer delivery time than what our giveaway policy states. Thanks!

44 comments:

  1. Amazing giveaway! After seeing your review for Graffiti Moon, I'll now go with any Aussie Authors you recommend :D

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    1. Currently reading Under the Never Sky

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    2. Aussie authors are THE best. You're in for a treat. :)

      I've yet to read Under the Never Sky. Hope you're enjoying it.

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    3. I'll have to have a rummage through your Goodreads shelf for some more then :)

      It's quite intriguing so far!

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  2. Hey! how did you add the GFC like that to your rafflecopter giveaway?

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    1. I took a screenshot of how I did it in rafflecopter. If you send me an email addy, I'll forward it to you. I'm horrible at explaining, so I'll show you instead. :)

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  3. I'm currently reading Venom by Fiona Paul. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    1. I haven't heard of Venom. Hmmm, must look into it. You're welcome and good luck!

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  4. i'm currently reading Casi Angeles : La isla de eudamon by leandro calderone

    thanks for this giveaway

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  5. I'm reading Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. Thank you for the international giveaway :)

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    1. You're welcome! I have Poison Princess on my "must read soon" queue. My roomie is reading it right now. :) You're welcome!

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  6. I am reading The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    julierupert@gmail.com

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    1. I heard that was good! I hope you're enjoying it. You're welcome!

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  7. This is another Aussie book that I've had on my wish list forever! So thank you so much for the giveaway Arlene! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it! (I never expected any less it is an Aussie book of course!)

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    1. Aussie books are among the best IMO. :) You're welcome and good luck Jasprit!

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  8. I'm reading The Perks of being a Wallflower. And I love it! :)
    Thank you so much for the Giveaway!
    Marijana Sitar

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      You're welcome and good luck!

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  9. Thank you for the great giveaway.

    I am reading Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen and so far I am loving it.

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    1. You're more than welcome! I have to look into Ella and Micha. So glad you're enjoying it. :)

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  10. Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
    Blood of the Sorcerer ARC by B.C. Morin

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    1. My roomies LOVE Julie Kagawa. Thanks for posting Brooke!

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  11. Finishing up Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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    1. I've only read Mockingjay once, but the other two at least 3 times each. Love love love that series! Thanks for posting Taylor!!

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  12. Today I have been reading Blood Warrior by H.D. Gordon and I am really liking it so far :)

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    1. Oh my roomie read it too! I heard it was good Denise. I hope you're enjoying it. :)

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  13. Im reading the Crusade series by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie.

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    1. I haven't heard of that book. I have to check it out!

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  14. I`m about to read The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Latvian translation). Long story short, some days ago I found it on my grandma`s bookshelf and I was actually shocked cause I was sure we didn`t have it (there`s enough books in my granny`s house to build a library, so I had probably skipped it lol). I`ve seen the movie for several times so it`s about the time I finally read it :)
    Thank you very much for the giveaway!

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    1. I haven't read that classic. I hope you enjoy it! XD

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  15. I am reading Slide by Jill Hathaway right now. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you're enjoying Slide. :)

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  16. I'm reading Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron. It's a very halloweeny book to me : )

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    1. Ooooh that sounds perfect! I hope you're enjoying it. :D

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  17. I'm currently reading The Home by Scott Nicholson.

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    1. And another one I haven't heard of! Must check that out. Thanks for posting! XD

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  18. I'm reading The Twelve. It is really good so far.

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    1. I need to check that one out Tia. Glad you're enjoying it. :)

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  19. I'm very slowly working my way through Demon Keeper by Royce Buckingham. It's on eFormat and I'm realizing more and more that I prefer physical books. I read them much quicker and it feels more satisfying.

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    1. I hear ya Diana. When I read on my iPad I get so distracted. I'm reading the paper copy of Quintana and I'm enjoying the ability to hug a book. XD

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    1. I haven't heard of that one Dani. Thanks for posting! XD

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    1. I haven't heard of the first, but I have read the second. Thanks for stopping by Amber! Good luck with the giveaway!

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