Split Second Solution and Trump: The Rise of Young People to Save the Future
Split Second Solution, by Denny Taylor, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, and through your local bookstore through IndieBound. SALE 20% OFF the paperback book on Amazon, just $14.35.
Book Excerpt: Chapter Twenty-Five
You decide. The Ginger Tom in Split has already taken almost every action taken by Trump. Every day there is a new edict that Split predicts. The novel was written as a “hats off” to young people. They are the ones who will save the future from Trump – the Ginger Tom and his Lunatic Eight who are intent in destroying the free world for their own self-aggrandizement and world domination.
Briefly, Split Second Solution is set in 2022. Word, who was born in 2000, is the last Truth Keeper, and she is recounting what happened in 2018 in New York City. Death, who has assumed her Cat persona, is listening to Word. And so is the Old Crone, who is an extraterrestrial observer, present at the birth of the Universe, whose real name is Eternity, and is affectionately called Et by Death who is in love with her. X-it is mentioned. He was also born in 2000 and he and Word are inseparable. Sick-Reapers have hunted them since 2008 and they live and love and are prepared to die for each other.
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“Better move on quickly to 2022 then X-it will come back,” Cat said, avoiding Et’s gaze.
“In 2018 there were book purges,” Word said, missing the significance of the quizzical look. “Organized militias, mutants with the Ginger Tom’s insignia, in full riot gear with balaclavas and face shields, went street-by-street, building-by-building, and apartment-by-apartment, confiscating books and hauling them off to landfills. If anyone protested they were taken away. Rumor had it some people were shot.
“‘The wrecking madness in the mind of man’,” Word said, “that’s what H.G. Wells called it.”
“I’m going to remember that,” Cat said.
“Great libraries of precious books were burned,” Word said, speaking quickly. “There were big bonfires in Central Park of the rare and irreplaceable books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It took almost a week to burn all the books in the New York Public Library at 42nd Street and Bryant Park. It took another week to burn the immense holdings of the Morgan Library, which ranged from Egyptian art to Renaissance paintings, illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.”
“The Morgan also contained some of the earliest evidence of writing on the planet,” Et said. “Ancient seals, tablets, and papyrus fragments from Egypt and the Near East.”
“Like the ones tattooed on your body?” Cat asked.
“Yes,” Word said. “Some of the earliest evidence of writing still in existence was in the Morgan Library, but I think the very earliest evidence of a sign in the Universe is in the package my mother gave to me.”
“Is it safe?” Cat asked.
“Yes,” Word said. “It’s safe.”
“Where?” Cat asked. “What if someone has found it? And, if we only have a moment, how are we going to get it back?”
“Shhh!” Et said.
“People were hauled off if they kept books after the purge,” Word continued, not admitting she was also wondering how she was going to get the package when they left the split second. “The purge was not just the books it was really the stories books contained – the knowledge inside them. It was our collective memory, the fabulous human mind that was being exterminated – who we were, who we are, who we will be, everything we believe in. The dark side of men’s imagination was expunging it all.
“The Ginger Tom wanted people to be burned with their books because he’s a monster, while the Freaky Geek was a Truth Slayer. He wanted books eliminated because he’s obsessed with transcending biology by using neuro-technology to merge humans with the advanced computers he’s building.
“But then the unexpected happened,” Word said. “Young people stopped being spectators. Betrayed by their elders, who did nothing to stop the political masters and the Ginger Tom and the Freaky Geek, they began to organize, hold meetings, plan protests, and fight back. They used social media to spread the word – psychic contagion – literally at the speed of light.
“It was an extraordinary moment. Within twenty four hours young people covered nearly every building in New York City with graffiti – identical copies of the pages of book – words and illustrations.
“It was a well-organized effort,” Word said her eyes sparkling. “The entire works of Shakespeare were written on the apartment buildings along West End Avenue. There were almost two million young people in the five boroughs and I would say over a million of them participated in making New York City a giant pop-up book.”
“Where’d they get the books?” Cat asked.
“X-it and I gave them the books we’d been hoarding,” Word said. “The location made it possible. Just above 79th Street there are so many routes – paths, roads, and river walks – to, in, and through Riverside Park. It made it easy for young people to come and get books.
“Many of them knew us you see. Since the time we arrived on the Upper West Side we’d been supporting book clubs, reading novels, participating in poetry slams. We met with many young people who shared their own writing. It was the way they rebelled.
“The reaction of the Ginger Tom and the Freaky Geek was swift and deadly. They shut down all the substations and Manhattan was paralyzed without electricity. Supermarket shelves were empty within days. Supply chains were disrupted. But the biggest problem and what transformed the lives of young people – all the people in New York City – was the very deliberate shutting down of the Internet and social media – that’s a whole other story that would take many split seconds to tell you. The city had become a bleak and dangerous place for young people, for everyone, especially kids.
“What’s important here is that young people knew what it was like to have books taken away, because their books had been taken away in schools,” Word said. “When there were schools for them to go to they did test prep hooked up to galvanic devices that monitored their emotions as they sat at the Freaky Geek’s computers being programmed all day,” Word said. “That’s another whole other story there isn’t time to tell – and yet it’s such an important part of what happened to us.
“We could sit here for hours while I tell you about the young people who we met on the Upper West Side who had come from all over the city,” Word said. “The word got out – excuse the pun – that a new civilization with books at the center was being created by young people who were rejecting the brutality of the political masters, the Ginger Tom and the Freaky Geek. The confiscation and elimination of books was years in the making and young people knew that life was being forced out of them. It was as if we were using books to conjure a new world into being that was magical and, and kind and filled with love,” Word said. She looked at Et.
“You’d better tell us what happened next when X-it’s back,” Et said, “so he can fill in the gaps.”
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Split Second Solution is about survival, a call for youth to respond to the deadly conflicts occurring within political arenas … Profoundly allegorical and woven with allusions, the conversations and encounters of the characters go beyond “genre tradition” – challenging perceptions of race, gender and love. – Josefa Pace, Sonoma State University
Denny Taylor’s futuristic urban fantasy, Split Second Solution, supposes a very different world, albeit less than a decade away, but one that’s all too frighteningly plausible considering today’s culture … Split Second Solutionchallenges your imagination and makes you see the world and its potential in an entirely different light. – Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite
Split Second Solution reminds me of the works of Neil Gaiman– especially the Sandman Series. Denny Taylor has created a unique love story filled with mystery, science, and myth … I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves a tale well told that challenges the reader as it entertains. – Kris Moger, Readers Favorite
There’s a lot going on in the futuristic novel Split Second Solution … The more you read, the more you learn, and you still feel like you want to know a whole lot more. I loved this book and I would love to read the next one in the series as well. – Samantha Dewitt (Rivera), Readers Favorite