Split Second Solution

Bill Moyers called Split Second Solution a “fascinating study.” Split is a dystopian urban fantasy set in New York City in 2022 that is now frighteningly real. In the genre of 1984 and Brave New World the novel foretells a future we do not want to live. Trump and his billionaire white supremacist cronies are on the same path as the Ginger Tom and the Lunatic Eight who have seized power in Split. The principal characters follow.

  • Word: Born 2000; French/North African; Last Truth Keeper; ancient texts tattooed on her body hold keys to the future; hunted by Super Recognizers; mother killed when she was eight.
  • X-it: Born 2000; French Creole heritage; super intelligent; father an astrophysicist; loves Word.
  • Death: Counter to all human stereotypes; hates people dying; trans; other personas include Cat, Bat, Bowie and Gaga.
  • Eternity: Extra-terrestrial observer; pure energy; not time bound; appears as the Old Crone and Botticelli’s Venus.
  • Grann: Creole wise woman; ancient Truth Seeker; ready to die to protect Word.
  • Ginger Tom: Seized power before the novel begins; consumed by idolatry of self; protected by personal militia and Super Recognizers; gaslights the public; orders purges of people and books; hunts Word because she is the Last Truth Keeper. 
  • Lunatic Eight: Includes the Freaky Geek and Posh Boy; ultrarich predatory power mongers; destroy the infrastructure of society; lose control.
  • Super Recognizers: Controlled by Ginger Tom and the Lunatic Eight; known as “Sick Reapers”; by 2022 Sick Reapers are in power; psychopathic obsession with capturing Word.
  • A.I.: Artificial intelligence hostile to biological intelligence; global surveillance machines; collude with Sick Reapers in vicious endgame; can hack consciousness; hack X-it; obsessed by capturing Word.

At the beginning of Split, the Sick Reapers and A.I. have seized power and captured Word. To escape being raped and killed, Word jumps into the Hudson River and Death splits the last second of her life to save her. And, it is in the last split second of Word’s life that the entire story is told.

This is the first book in the Split Second Trilogy and, while the novel is an urban fantasy, the story mirrors what is happening to us in the wake of Trump’s ascendency. The ending of Split is devastating, but there is a chance that by splitting time, X-it, Death, and Eternity will save Word, and use the secrets she protects to stop the Ginger Tom, Lunatic Eight, Sick Reapers and A.I from destroying the future for young people and the planet. Let us hope we are saved too.

Hardcover: 978-1-942146-46-9
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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

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

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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 Solution challenges your imagination and makes you see the world and its potential in an entirely different light.

Jack Magnus

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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)

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DENNY TAYLOR

Denny Taylor has organized more than 30 international scholars forums. She speaks to diverse national and international audiences on a broad range of issues, especially the interconnections between the rapid acceleration in climate change and the dismantling of US public schools, which are not widely recognized. Taylor is particularly interested in bringing to the attention of the public what many parents and teachers already know, which is that in the US, children are being taught to work for the corporations that are using up Earth’s resources, contaminating the planet, and causing the climate system to adversely change, making Earth and unsafe place for our kids to be.

In 1983, Taylor published Family Literacy, which is regarded a classic in the field; Growing Up Literate received the MLA Shaughnessy award in 1988; and Toxic Literacies, published in 1996, was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 2004, Taylor was inducted into the IRA’s Reading Hall of Fame. She is Professor Emerita of Literacy Studies at Hofstra University, and the co-founder and CEO of Garn Press. Her most recent books are Nineteen Clues: Great Transformations Can Be Achieved Through Collective Action, Save Our Children, Save Our School, Pearson Broke the Golden Rule, Rosie’s Umbrella, and Rat-a-tat-tat! I’ve Lost My Cat!

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In 1983, Taylor published Family Literacy, which is regarded a classic in the field; Growing Up Literate received the MLA Shaughnessy award in 1988; and Toxic Literacies, published in 1996, was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 2004, Taylor was inducted into the IRA’s Reading Hall of Fame.

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In 1983, Taylor published Family Literacy, which is regarded a classic in the field; Growing Up Literate received the MLA Shaughnessy award in 1988; and Toxic Literacies, published in 1996, was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 2004, Taylor was inducted into the IRA’s Reading Hall of Fame.

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