by Gretchen Powell
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.
It’s very rare, in my experience, to find an indie book that is as good as anything that’s gone through a corporate editing process. In fact, it may very well be the Holy Grail of small press books. And yet, on her first lap out of the gate, Gretchen Powell has birthed a fantastic book, self-published. So….consider me a fan!
I had a difficult time putting Terra down. It’s not that the pace is frenetic, but that the characters (especially Terra) are compelling.
Terra is tough, self-sacrificing, opinionated, curious, untrusting….and yet she’s vulnerable at the same time. She’s witty but she isn’t a know-it-all.
And (much to my utter relief and delight) she isn’t a naive innocent who just happens to be caught up in the whirlwind. Nope. Terra is a catalyst-type character. Her actions have a consequence. And although sometimes the world in which Terra is set is a bit black-and-white predictable, Terra as a character is very real within it. I read to see what she’d do next. And maybe a bit because Adam sounds hot. Maybe.
I will definitely be picking up the sequel, and following along with Terra, Adam, and Mica. Because of course, even though Mica points out their lack of empowerment, we all know revolution is coming. And I have a lot of questions about their father now. And Adam’s people. And the tech. And the Coals.
I recommend this for lovers of YA Sci-Fi, realistic characters (or character- I admit it’s Terra-centric, but you know that by the title), strong female protagonists, romance that isn’t based on the “innocent/first time” trope or the “love at first sight” trope, folks who enjoy getting as many plot questions as answers, and fans of graphic novels- because this would make an EXCELLENT graphic novel.
In Terra‘s world, resources are scarce and many people make their living as “scavs,” hunting for scraps to turn in on Collection Day in exchange for credits. For this tour, YOU are a scav, and there are scraps all over the blogosphere for you to find! On each participating blog, there will be one of 9 possible questions. Answer the question to receive a keyword that will get you an extra entry in the awesome giveaway!
Find the BEST answer to Terra Collection #1 in the excerpt at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer:
Find the BEST answer to Terra Collection #2 in the excerpt at fuonlyknew:
An additional five (FIVE!) winners will get a digital copy of Terra in the format of their choice. International.
Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Gretchen Powell. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.