The Separation Trilogy, 1
In a world where men and women live on separate sides of a massive wall, seventeen-year-old misfit Eroyn Fairchild has always been too busy with her broken family to wonder why they live the way they do.
When a man from the other side breaks through, Ero holds him hostage, hoping for a ransom large enough to pay for her Elder Grace’s treatment. Things get more complicated as the man is followed by two others who make Ero question everything she’s ever known about her life.
As Ero searches for the truth, the lines between right and wrong blur, leaving her to choose between saving her city and saving herself.
14+ due to adult situations
One of the things I love about Grace is that she is the heaviest sleeper I know. So heavy, in fact, she doesn’t hear me dragging a thrashing body through the front door at two in the morning. For the first time in my life, I consider it lucky that we live on the outskirts of the north side. If we didn’t, I would never have been able to get it this far without attracting attention. A loud, confused sound starts to come from the net, so I kick it firmly.
“Shut up,” I hiss, looking around nervously. I’m not worried about Grace rousing, but I don’t want the neighbors waking up and noticing my noisy cargo. I kick twice more, as hard as I can. Silence, finally. With a sigh, I wipe my arm across my forehead, getting rid of the sweat beading there. I sink down on the couch, staring at the large lump inside the net on my living room floor, unblinking. Little red flowers are blooming all over the heavy white plastic, and they grow quickly. It’s blood, I realize with a sick feeling. It’s seeping through from the inside and leaking onto the clean white carpet of our house. It can’t be real. It just can’t be.
I see Almond cut across the room and sniff at the lump with caution. With one movement, I scoop him up and press him to my chest in horror. For the first time, I realize the danger of what I've just done. I’ve invited a monster into my house.
I’ve made a horrible, horrible mistake. And with my heart racing, I do the only thing I can think of: turn on the videophone and call Luna. When her end of the projection appears on the wall, her eyes are puffy and her hair in disarray.
“Ero, it’s two in the…”
“I know,” I whisper. “I need you. Now.” I can’t bring myself to explain this. I don’t think there are any words that could make her understand. Her eyes widen, but she asks no questions.
“Be there as soon as I can.” Her projected image sputters out on the wall. I stride back across the living room, staying against the wall farthest away from the netting, and open the door to the downstairs bathroom.
“You stay here,” I instruct Almond under my breath. I turn back toward the body on the floor. Next to the netting is my knife, which I took from the security station if only to make me feel safer. With quiet steps, I retrieve it and perch on the arm of the couch, watching. It takes Luna ten minutes to get here five minutes faster than usual but it feels like hours. She lets herself in the back door quietly, but I rush into the kitchen to meet her.
“Where’s Grace?” she asks with urgency, dropping her medical bag on the kitchen table.
“What? No, I … this isn’t about Grace,” I stutter. I open my mouth once, then again, but it’s no use. Nothing is coming out, so I turn on my heel and tiptoe into the living room. Luna wordlessly follows, eyeing the netted form. I kneel next to it, holding my breath. With shaking hands, I slide the knife into the plastic and pull it upwards slowly. I know what it’s going to reveal when I pull the plastic away, but it still makes my breath leave my lungs in an audible whoosh. I can’t seem to inhale again once it’s gone. I hear Luna do the same next to me.
“Is it a…?” She leaves her sentence unfinished, and I nod. The small slit I cut in the plastic shows a thick arm under a rolled-up shirt, far too thin for our recently nasty winter. At the very end of the slit, I glimpse a swollen throat and a jaw covered in a dark shadow of hair. A chill runs down my spine and my stomach turns.
“Is he alive?” Luna asks, her voice small.
“I … I think so.” I stare at the floor guiltily. “I kicked him pretty hard to shut him up.” She scoots closer and with trembling fingers folds back the plastic to see his side, where most of the blood is coming from.
“Cut the rest of it off him,” she tells me quietly. I stare at her in shock.
“But, he––” She cuts me off with a look.
“He isn’t dead yet, but he will be if I don’t stop the blood loss.”
I swallow hard, and comply.
Posted by Unknown on 1st Mar 2017
Estranged from her natural parents, Eroyn is paired with an "Elder" for guidance and nurturing, as are all Genesis females when they reach the age of Mentoring. The Youth then takes care of The Elder for the rest of her natural life. (Hmmm...another institution comes to mind. Seniors Home, anyone?) Eroyn's life and beliefs are shaken however, when her her Elder dies, and her job as a security officer results in the capture of a male from The Other Side. His rescuers present a new portrait of 'male' for Eroyn, setting her and lifelong friend Luna on a path to danger and discovery of the truth about her world. More dangerous still, is the friendship she develops with a brother she's never met, and the unfamiliar but undeniable attraction she begins to feel for his
Book 2 of this series was previously reviewed, and though well done it lacked the necessary backstory to stand on its own. Now that the gaps are filled in, I venture to say The Separation has all the makings of a YA masterpiece. Book 3 can't come soon enough!!
The Separation is a must read and my favorite book of 2017 so far!
Posted by Brenda S. Hartwick on 9th Dec 2016
Been a long time since I was a teen but loved the book. Was hard to put it down a great read can't wait until the next one comes out. Makes you feel like you know the characters personally . Fantastic writing! Great imagination very creative!
Posted by Amazon Customer on 9th Dec 2016
Stormy Corrin Russell has created a science fiction, dystopian masterpiece by building a wall between male and female societies. This great divide has all of the ingredients for impending disaster as misunderstanding and mistrust had grown between the genders for generations.
When the heroine, Eroyn Fairchild, captures a boy and holds him hostage, she and her friend, Luna must learn about this boy and the ones who consequently try to save him. As the two sides interact, many questions evolve. Had their elders told the told the truth about the other species? Who had really won the war? Who was superior gender?
Ultimately, the only questions that matter revolve around who are the real enemies and how do they survive the attacks?
This novel will have the reader wanting more answers as it is easy to get attached to the characters and their trials. Tearing down the physical wall would not be enough without dispelling the myths and uncovering the truths found in both societies. Hurry up with the second book in the trilogy, Stormy!
Posted by Angie on 9th Dec 2016
By Stormy Corrin Russell
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
After the Gender War, the Council in Genesis decreed that the men and women would now live in segregated areas.
“I’m not old enough to remember a time when love existed, a time before The Separation. Women and men have lived apart for almost a century now, and most people who could remember otherwise are dead and gone. But not Grace.”
With this beginning of the first chapter, Eroyn, and her 102 years old Elder, start the journey in the female half of Compound A in Genesis, under the Council rule enforced by the Matriarch. Grace chose Eroyn when it was time as an Elder to choose the Youth who will be her caregiver. Readers will find the two of them not so easily compliant in accepting the norm, and this uniqueness will keep interest and empathy high.
Excellent dialogue and realistic characterizations makes this world come alive.
Reminiscent of the writing of George Orwell, who propelled us into 1984, believing the unbelievable as if we lived through it, so too, the author gives a believable world and plot that keeps readers engulfed in the story, turning pages quickly so as not to miss anything.
Posted by Amazon Customer on 9th Dec 2016
I loved it. It sent me through a whole gauntlet of emotions. I don't think I have ever cried reading a book, but I did. And left me wanting more. Can't wait until author releases the next book! I can see this being a movie!
Posted by Daryl S. on 23rd Apr 2016
If you are a fan of the Hunger Games, or perhaps the Giver, you will enjoy this book. It explores a variety of mature themes, from politics and forms of governance, ideological extremism, childhood indoctrination, along with family, relationships, and coming-of-age, all under the guise of a teenage novel. The mark of any good work is that of something that has a wide appeal, whether it be through cultural barriers, age or gender, and "The Separation" has that in spades.
Even if teenage fiction is too "young" for you, give this book a chance, you won't regret it. I'm sure that Catcher in the Rye, The Giver, Huckleberry Finn (or any of the other classic) still have an impact on you in some way, despite its direction towards adolescents/young adults. The themes in this book will leave a lasting effect on whomever decides to direct their eyes upon its words. Just read it!