Terra by Gretchen Powell Blog Tour

Tuesday, 19 February 2013
About This Book:
Title: Terra
Author: Gretchen Powell
Release Date: 12th December 2012
Series: Terrestrials #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-fi

Rating: 5/5

A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl simply trying 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. 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 wrench and warm your heart. As the hidden truths of this world unfold, the new dangers looming on the horizon are sure to leave you waiting breathlessly for the sequel.

(Mild language; recommended for ages 12+)

I really enjoyed this novel, hence the 5/5 stars rating. This novel is a mix of some of my favourite genres; Young Adult, Dystopian and Sci-fi. This novel had just the right percentage of action in it to keep me interested and also enough information about the world and the characters to make sure you understood everything that was happening. The plot was really gripping the whole way through this novel, I flew through it in about 2 days! The plot contains many twists, some of which were predictable, but some which I really didn't see coming, and they were nicely written by the author.
The characters in the novel were a really strong part of the novel, they had depth, they were complex and seemed real. Terra was a great main character, a strong female character, something that is uncommon in YA novels. She was brave,intelligent and cared deeply for her younger brother. Adam was the other main character in the novel and he was a good character too. I like the twist that was revealed about Adam, it added an interesting twist to the novel.
The relationship between these two characters was good, it seemed realistic. Terra found him attractive in the beginning, but there was no insta-love, which was a relief.
The writing style of the author is good. The writing flows nicely, and reads smoothly. The author's use of description was great, I could imagine the world Terra lives in, and the contrast between that and the floating cities where the sky dwellers live.
I really enjoyed the ending of the novel, even though it ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, it also comes to natural ending, giving a sense of closure too. The last couple of chapters allow the reader to discover more about the world and the political situation in the country, and the imminent danger!
I would like to thank CBL Tourhosts for hosting this blog tour, and for providing me with an ebook copy of the novel.
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Buy the paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Terra-1-Terrestrials-Gretchen-Powell/dp/0988468913/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361222250&sr=8-1


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