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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Terra by Gretchen Powell

Publication Date: December 12, 2012
Publisher: Hopewell Media
Series: Terrestrials #1
Young Adult
Pages: 286
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
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A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.
A discovery that will change everything.
In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth's population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.
Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.
The first book in debut author Gretchen Powell's anticipated Terrestrials series, Terra catapults you through a story filled with blood-pumping action, intrigue, and surprising twists that will both wrench and warm your heart. As the hidden truths of this world unfold, new dangers that loom on the horizon are sure to leave you waiting breathlessly for the sequel.
*Digital review copy provided for blog tour*

Now the synopsis may be a monster to handle, but I can honestly say that reading Terra is worth it. The cover happened to be a huge part of what drew me into reading this engrossing tale, but the story is hands down wonderful as it is gripping.

As far as dystopians go, Terra does fall into a category of the many others out there: two duo worlds--one in poverty and the other flourishing; Earth in cataclysmic dismay; main character fights to survive while caring for a younger sibling; there are no parents to care for them. Though there are some underlying similarities to the Hunger Games, I honestly don't believe that it really impacts the story. Now and again most dystopian novels have underlying connections to each other that everyone just goes mad with fury, but I feel that Terra had enough going on that it can weave away from Hunger Games objectifying connections. And generic as the average dystopian trail this book strolls down, Gretchen Powell does a magnificent job with detail, relaying information in a way that there are little to no informational dumping, and there are merit to her character's actions and resolves.

Terra (the character not the title) is a wonderfully developed female protagonist. I thoroughly enjoyed how she reacted to the situations that she was brought up against, her reasoning behind what she was doing, and how things were executed. She made this book very enjoyable for me to read.

Through, like all characters in romance, there can be faults when the execution of said romance begins to take place (i.e., the meeting of boy and girl, the merging relationship of boy and girl, and the actual relationship of boy and girl). Everything happens for a reason in novels. Terra though swayed from a (and here we see my manga/anime terms being used in yet another review!) tsundere character. Now, for all of my readers that do not know what a tsundere character is, I will prescribe some GIFs that will obviously exaggerated what I am trying to conduct in this review. Now please direct your attention to the moving pictures below:

Basically, to sum this up into words, tsundere is when a character comes off mean or violent in the beginning and then eventually eases up and becomes sweet and loving. Though Terra isn't really violent, she does display some attributes to the despising and loving in a very thin line towards insta-love. That is really the only problem I have with Terra.

Final Summation: The world of TERRA was honestly a very enjoyable and engaging read. For dystopian fans who also enjoy some romance in their despairing world along with great character development, this should definitely be your next read. Keeping you on your toes throughout the entire novel, making you pose questions and demand to know the answer, TERRA does justice in that department. I wait in anticipation for the sequel!

First Line: “Terra?” Mica’s voice, heavy wiTh sleep, seeps out his half-open door.
Story: S
Cover: S
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