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->''The world I know is flooded. The water's black. You don't go in the water. You don't touch it. If you do, it will get you, drag you down, and you're gone.''
-->--'''Harry Iskinder'''

''The Sundered'' is a 2012 sci-fi dystopian novel by Creator/RuthanneReid.

The world is flooded, and the water eats people. The only way humans survive is by forming psychic bonds with the deranged mutants called "The Sundered Ones." But using the Sundered kills them, and the creatures are treated worse than slaves. Harry Iskinder is a boy with a legacy--his family builds maps and searches for "The Hope of Humanity," which supposedly can save the planet. When the story opens, he has spent years with his fellow Travelers as a run-of-the-mill scavenger, but everything changes when he finds and binds two Sundered Ones in one day, one of whom seems to be more than meets the eye. Much, ''much'' more.
!!''The Sundered'' contains examples of the following tropes:
%%* AfterTheEnd
%%* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:implied to be Harry's fate at the end. "Reward and punishment," indeed.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Aakesh really banked a lot on the Hope being activated in the proper way.]]
%%* ArtifactOfDoom: The Hope is going to be this for either humanity or the Sundered Ones.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Some of the humans who seem nice at first turn out to be quite the opposite. Likewise, the cute and helpless Sundered might not be.
* BishonenLine: Aakesh is the most humanly attractive of the Sundered Ones. He's also implied to be the most powerful by a wide margin.
* CastFromHitPoints: Any time a Sundered is forced to do anything, whether it's changing reality or sweeping the porch, it dies a little inside.
%%* TheChosenOne: Harry, though not in the way you'd think.
%%* CoitusEnsues: It's part of the plot, but it is rather sudden.
%%* CrapSackWorld
%%* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Tenisia invokes this trope just a little.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Harry about half of the time. Aakesh is this all of the time.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Harry wonders this several times after binding Aakesh.
* DownerEnding: From a certain point of view. [[spoiler:it turns out that humans were the real alien invaders, and the Hope of Humanity is their original spaceship. Activating it frrees all the Sundered, who then destroy humans and restore their world to what it was before the "alien" invasion. Humanity dies, but the original inhabitants of the planet are saved.]]
* DrugsAreBad: Aakesh gives a few brief statements on why drugs are harmful even if they do not hurt you.
* EldritchAbomination: Motherwater is built up to be this, [[spoiler:but really isn't.]]
%%* EvilEmpire: Bek.
* EvilMentor: Played with. Is Doctor Parnum evil and genocidal, or simply trying to prevent another extinction?
* {{Expy}}: The black water seems more than a little similar to Dark Water from ThePiratesOfDarkWater.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "The water hates you."
* GenocideDilemma: The Sundered could be called "Genocide Dilemma: The Novel."
* TheGhost: The empire of Bek is never really seen, but their attacks sure are!
%%* HumansAreBastards: And ''how.''
%%* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Except for Harry.]]
* LiteralGenie: All Sundered Ones to an extent, but definitely first-tier Sundered.
* LostTechnology: The only tech that still works!
* MeaningfulName: Harry Iskinder is kinder to the Sundered Ones than anybody else is. Also, his name means "defending mankind."
* PinballProtagonist: Harry. Even though he makes a lot of decisions himself, he is really propelled forward throughout the plot.
* RealityWarper: Most of the Sundered Ones, particularly higher-tier Sundered.
* RedHerring: You'd think that the "testy" weapon would be a major part of the plot. You might be wrong.
%%* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:The last few pages.]]
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Jason Iskinder seems to have set everything up really well for the Sundered's eventual freeing.]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Humans are the aliens.]]
* TrueCompanions: The Travelers are treated as such, even when a few leave for better business opportunities.
%%* UglyCute: Gorish, Quimby, Jambi
* WhamLine: Two:
-->[[spoiler:"What would you do if I told you a tale of aliens?"]]
-->[[spoiler:"This was never earth."]]
%%* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The premise of the book.