The Divide by Elizabeth Kay {Book Review}

I’ve found myself reading a lot more young adult novels now than I did in my actual young adult years.

While I did enjoy reading back then, I wasn’t all too focused on it as I am now. I could say that I’m playing catch up right now.

It was easy to see that The Divide is a book for young adults, but it’s suited for even younger readers. For an adult, the book is a breeze to read through and for younger readers, it won’t be a challenge either. The language is easy and the story isn’t that difficult to follow and understand.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Felix is spending time in Costa Rica with his parents and it may be his last summer due to his weak heart.

When he loses consciousness and falls through The Divide, he finds himself in a world where magical creatures are real and humans are believed to be a myth.

He knows he needs to get home but when something sinister starts brewing, and killing off magical creatures, he decides to stay and help. Maybe even find a cure for his heart-before he runs out of time.

With his new magical friends, he sets off to save the strange world that could possibly end up saving him.


As I’ve mentioned before, the language is very easily read and to the point.

The book also has cute illustrations scattered throughout to show the readers the magical creatures and play out some interesting scenes in the plot.

Most of the main characters in the story show great character growth and each one reaches the place they personally need to finds themselves in.

The different names of the creatures were creative and should you get confused as to who is who (not all of them have standard magical creatures names), there’s a helpful index in the book (thanks, Felix) to help you remember. The perspective of the outsider in the magical world was also great and fresh to usual fantasy books, and an interesting read to see humans as the odd ones out.

There are many detailed adventures and the world building deserves credit as it was well thought out. When science and magic clash, it can be disastrous but this book combined them spectacularly.

I found myself rooting for Felix more and more as the plot continued to develop, found myself tearful towards the end with his sacrifices and hard decision-making moments which showed his maturity to put the lives of others above his own.


The book is full of lessons on courage, determination and loyalty.

It’s definitely a book that will be staying on the bookshelf for my kids to read too. I’d go as far as saying it’s a great choice to introduce kids to fantasy books.

I do want to read the rest of the books in the trilogy as the ending was so well-written, I have to continue with the series.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.38 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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