Format: E-Galley, 288 pages
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
The Ruling Lord of the House of Galton is dead and the nation is divided. Kit Franks, a nobody escalated to infamy since her mother bombed the House capitol city, wishes she were dead, too. Then Mom-the-terrorist starts showing up on feeds and causing planet-wide blackouts and Kit becomes a target.Kit’s inundated with half-truths, betrayals, and the coded subtext in Mom’s universal feed messages meant for her alone. Everyone from family to government enforcers seems to have a vision for Kit’s future. The question is, does Kit have a vision for herself?
"Beware no one more than yourself, for we carry our worst enemies inside." Gilken
Split the Sun, by author Tessa Elwood, is the second installment in the author's Inherit the Stars series. Elwood's story is a young adult, science fiction romance that takes place in a galaxy far, far away. It is a galaxy that is ruled by three houses; Fang, Westlet, and Galton. This story focuses on the House of Galton, the largest of the houses. 18 year old Kreslyn "Kit" Franks, is the only daughter of Millie Oen, former Archivist, data technologist, and person most responsible for bombing Galton House's Archives.
Kit feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. Everyone seems to want something from Kit including the government, and some Brink kids who believe she has the link to what her mother intended to do. She feels responsible for her mother's actions so she feels as though her life shouldn't go on. Tough to question her motives when she loses the job she loves at Gilken Museum because of her mom. Later, she ends up with her dead beat dad on her doorstep, and an aunt who wants everything that Kit was left with by her grandmother.
The most interesting secondary characters are her neighbor, Mrs Divs (House of Westlet) who seems to know a whole lot of stuff about Millie and the past exploits of Galton, and Niles who may have his own agenda when it come to Kit. The most curious aspect of Split the Sun is that Kit really isn't all that important in the general scheme of the House of Galton, but finds her self struggling with many issues that are not only related to her mother, but to visions she is having that put her in contact with rebels fighting against Galton.
Apparently, Split the Sun timeline follows closely to the ending of Inherit the Stars. Kit is not Asa. Kit doesn't rush foolhardily into things, whereas Asa made some really bad choices right from the start. Regarding whether or not there will be a third book, as initially reported. No. Per the author, the publishing house who bought the trilogy was sold, therefore Split the Sun ends the series after only two books. Kind of sad actually. There is a whole lot more that the author could explore if she was given the chance. Maybe one day she will.