The Bridge by Jane Higgins

The Bridge

Nik is still in high school but destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services. 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.

Details The Bridge

TitleThe Bridge
Release DateAug 1st, 2011
PublisherText Publishing
GenreScience Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult, War, Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Survival, Teen, Speculative Fiction

Reviews The Bridge

  • Reynje
    3.5 starsWhy do you believe what you believe?How much of the way you see the world is filtered through a lens built by your community, your education, the media? ‘We rode to war in a taxi-cab’. This is the cracking opening line of The Bridge, an intensely thought-provoking novel that tackles head on the issues of war, propaganda, racism and class distinction, and the way political and religious ideology play into conflict.The story follows N...
  • Arlene
    Rating Clarificaiton: 4.5 StarsThe 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 hostil...
  • ~Tina~
    3.5 starsAussie Book challenge 2011 #12The Bridge is a ruthless, intense and heart pounding survival piece that is plunged deep within the setting of a chaotic war.Tornmoor Academy is a school where kids go to be educated in physics, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, genetics and scripture in hopes to be added as an intelligence weapon for the ISIS (Internal Security and Intelligence Services), to be recruited as an elite and be apart of a tea...
  • Shirley Marr
    The Bridge is the 2011 winner of The Text Prize, an annual X-Factor contest of the Australian publishing world where the prize is a publishing contract and a $10,000 advance (which btw, is huge, trust me - starving authors are salivating from a distance as we speak). I admit it - I've been watching this contest like a hawk since its inception. The inaugural winner was The Billionaire's Curse. Like Johnny Ruffo - it's young and immature and when i...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    2015-03-05's no secret that I absolutely adore the dystopian genre as a whole, the oppression, the revolutions and characters that rise against adversity to save the world. Every so often a book comes along that breaks the typical mould that readers expect, The Bridge is that book. More political than pure dystopian, Nik's world is divided by two classes at war, his own in which children are trained to become elite...
  • Rashika (is tired)
    ***This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoI went into The Bridge expecting something that involved more secret agents but what I got was an intense dystopia that did not hold back on the realities of war. I have to say, with two good dystopias on my recently read list (this being one of them), I might just be ready to give dystopia another chance. I had thought I was done but The Bridge reminded me why I had once been so thrilled b...
  • Marianne
    The Bridge is the first novel by New Zealand author, Jane Higgins. It is the winner of the Text Prize for YA and Children’s Writing in 2010. Since he was orphaned at the age of five, Nik Stais has lived, learned and excelled at Tornmoor Academy, hoping to be chosen by the Internal Security and Intelligence Service to use his talents in the fight that Cityside wages against the hostiles on Southside. Now seventeen, he and his friends are surpris...
  • Sally906
    Jane Higgins is a New Zealand Author and THE BRIDGE is her first book. The location of the story is an unspecified war-torn divided city that could be located anywhere in the world; little is said about the rest of the world. The two sides of the city are Cityside and Southside and they are separated by a fast flowing river and only linked by a series of heavily defended bridges. Both sides want to be in control. After the explosive start to the ...
  • Paula Weston
    This is an excellent novel. It’s got everything a great YA story should have: strong characters, gripping plot, nail-biting tension, and a powerful message (in this case, the futility of war).I love the way narrative character Nik’s view of the world is shaken – and ultimately widened – when he crosses into enemy territory to find a captured friend.Jane Higgins does a great job of depicting how a society might respond to ongoing conflict....
  • Skye
    This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.Firstly, that's one hell of a cover. The artwork is just incredible.Secondly, this quote: Over the Bridge, it's dark not day Over the Bridge, the devils play Over the Bridge, their souls are BLACK Go over the Bridge and you won't come BACK.Anyway, I borrowed The Bridge from my library solely because it won the Text Prize, an award that went to the amazing This Is Shyness last year, and it d...
  • Bec
    This is the 2010 winner of the Text Prize. While I can't post a review prior to another review that I've written being published in Bookseller & Publisher. I can say that this book is amazing. Absolutely incredible.
  • Trisha
    Gosh, tight and tense.And really sad.I hate war.Read for a spec fic talk
  • Sarah
    Realized I forgot to review this one... Oops!Hello, my name is Sarah and I'm obsessed with adding Australian YA novels that I can't get in the US to my Goodreads TBR.
  • Megan
    I don't think that I have read many better first lines, 'We rode to war in a taxi-cab.' certainly drew my attention. Nik is a scholarship student at an elite school, and at the beginning of this book he is expecting, along with his 'girl friend' Dash, to be selected as a recruit for ISIS (International Security and Intelligence Services) only, as a reader, you kind of know that he won't be chosen. And you also get the idea that he isn't really at...
  • Joy (joyous reads)
    This book gave me grief; it was like staring at the sun, you know it's harmful to your eyes and yet you can't look away. It was a brutal read but try as I might, I couldn't refrain from reading. It was harsh, it tugged at my heart strings and it put my brain into some calisthenics its never been through before. The City is at war, divided into settlements where some are living in impoverish, deplorable conditions. If you're living in the Cityside...
  • Chiara
    A copy of this novel was provided by Text Publishing for review.Okay first up I’m going to say that I totally understand why The Bridge won the Text Prize back in 2010. Because it’s awesome.Secondly: if you have ever wanted a dystopian novel that isn’t full of romance and unbelievable teenage revolutionists leading a country, then please read The Bridge because it fits the bill perfectly. That’s not to say that there wasn’t any hint of ...
  • Hayley
    "We drove to war in a taxi-cab." So the adventure begins.In this dystopian YA novel, Higgins builds us a broken civilisation, separated by a bridge. Cityside are the haves, run with military precision by intelligence agency ISIS. Then there's Southside, with the Breken (an interesting inflection on 'broken'). They've been shut out by the citysiders, who fiercely guard their privileges against rogue attempts to cross the bridge.Nik is a Citysider ...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I received this book from Librarything Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.The Bridge by Jane Higgins follows Nik, who is an outsider of sorts in his prestigious boarding school. The cream of the crop become part of a secret elite group called ISIS who are the prime defenders against infiltration of the other side. Nik, for some reason, doesn't get selected even though he's top in his class. After war breaks loose, Fyffe, a g...
  • Khalil Green
    Here is something to think about: Have I ever read anything like "The Hunger Games"? Unless you have read the Bridge, you haven't.The bridge is an action packed story about a boy, named Nikolai Stais, stuck in between a war between two people: The Citysiders and the Southsiders. Nikolai was born was raised in the Cityside This takes place in the future of America but not as futuristic as the "Hunger Games". Also in this story, there are these bri...
  • Katrina Ly
    ok so i guess its only fair to say that this book was written really really well and that as soon as i began to read the first words, i was totally and completely hooked from start to finish. however having said that, i am not very happy at the ending and i'm still wondering, is this a series or what? cuz if it is, then i definitely, hands-down, totally give it all 5 stars. however if its a stand-alone novel, i'm sticking to my all thos...
  • Fabian Lozada
    I absolutely love this book. Most of my books involve fast paced action and adventure that gives me a need to turn the page and does not release me until the very last sentence. This book however is not like those, its more slowly paced, much more calm. I was able to sit down and read through this book, and although it kept me turning the page, it did not choke me with so much action and adventure (which is not bad, just always need a break from ...
  • Kathleen Dixon
    I'm writing this while battling a nasty head-cold so the mind isn't working too well. Added to that I finished reading it 5 days ago, and have read another entire book since then and started two others, so the clarity of recall isn't that great. What I definitely remember is that I enjoyed this book and it kept me engaged the whole time. I have taken to reading as I walk from bus-stop to work (and back the other way) and found myself wishing I ha...
  • Nomes
    [image error]blurb: 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 abou...
  • Adele Broadbent
    Spoiler Alert!In a world where the city is divided in two by many closed bridges, Nik has worked hard at his grades to become a recruit of ISIS (Internal Security and Intelligence Services). But when they come recruiting he is not chosen. No one understands it – least of all Nik. That night their boarding school is attacked – killing all the staff and many students including his best friend Lou. Nik soon discovers the bombers were the Breken ...
  • Lectus
    I really don't know why I keep trying dystopia. They are so... repetitive. In the years I've been reading them, I've come to know their lines, plot, and endings by heart. The only thing that changes are the names, but we will always have a country diveded in two... or into many camps/districts.So The Bridge is another mass produced/written YA dystopia that bored me within the first pages. ZZZZZ going to sleep now.
  • Pam Saunders
    Appeal to teens who enjoyed Tomorrow When the War Began series.
  • Jack Salton
    Extract read aloud page 36 to 37
  • Brin Murray
    This is a well-written, multi-layered dystopian dealing with themes of belonging, identity and betrayal. The world is a city at war: Southside is the poor, ethnic riverbank, while Cityside is whiter and privileged. But the lines aren’t clear-cut. Southside factions are divided, with some as narrow and fanatical as their Cityside adversaries. So spies and counter-spies, political plotting and misinformation, are all part of a complex landscape.N...
  • Jessica Strider
    Pros: thought-provoking, characters are three dimensional, shows war for what it isCons: Southside people accept Nik's story too readily, some names are mentioned without context so when they're mentioned again it's hard to remember who the person wasFor Parents: minor swearing, violence (not excessive, but it's a war situation, so: assassination, bombs, beatings, minor torture etc.), no sexual contentSeventeen year old Nik's brown skin marks him...
  • Helen
    Another dystopian novel but this one was different enough to be quite intriguing. When everything you’ve ever expected to be your future is turned on its head, everything you’ve heard about the enemy is brought into question and your loyalties are stretched to the limit. Looking forward to reading the next one.