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Terra (Terrestrials, No. 1) Paperback – November 2, 2012
"A beautifully flowing story that had me sucked in from the first page." - Back to Her Roots
"From the beginning, I was hooked... There is no doubt that I want - and need - to read more." - Making the Grade Reviews
"It's rare that I tear up or laugh out loud when I read a book, but Terra made me do both of those and on multiple occasions." - Lena Horn, author of Forgotten Fox
"This could be your world... but it's definitely Terra's, and she navigates it with determination, and a longing for answers that makes her story engrossing and entertaining." - A Book Obsession
"The shocking revelations along with the heart-pounding pace had my head spinning and my fingers turning the pages at an alarming rate." - It's a Book Life
From the Back Cover
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 makes her living as a scav, scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. While on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16.
Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth ultimately leads her to Adam - a beguiling boy with a secret that has the power to change humanity's existence forever.
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I really liked the main characters. I really felt like I could connected with Terra she is witty, sarcastic, and tough. And even though she sees the unfairness of the world around her she doesn't spend the whole book complaining about it or feeling sorry for herself.
Boy oh boy and the twist! You know there is going to be a twist. It is obvious that Adam has a secret. Through the whole book I played scenarios in my mind of what it could be. And when the time was almost there I was thinking no that can't be it.. And BOOM there it comes out of left field and I was pretty shocked. Where as most books you can figure it out from the beginning and some just from the synopsis this had you guessing until the time came.
I only have 2 complaints about this book:
1. The romance- I felt like the romance (although not love at first sight like in some books)felt a little rushed. I really would have liked about 50 more pages right in the middle somewhere just to give us a little more.
2. My only other complaint is that book 2 is not out yet :)
If you are looking for a quick engaging read that is inline with The Hunger Games this one is a must.
First of all, I have to say that I really enjoyed reading about all of the main characters in TERRA. Terra was a great character, she was strong and didn't rely on some boy to always save her. Terra is the main custodian of her little brother Mica. I really liked his character, he was so different from Terra - but at the same time, so alike. Mica was more open towards people, more trusting, but also very strong. The last main character was Adam. The love interest. I did not like him at first, he didn't have a bad personality or anything, it was just that something was off with him.
So, my overall impression of TERRA was that I very much enjoyed it, but I have different opinion of the various parts of the book. The beginning of the book was great. Very suspenseful and enjoyable. There wasn't a dull moment during this part. Then came the middle... I did enjoy the storyline, but it was dragged out for too long and I got bored reading the same thing, without any action. I almost stopped reading the book because of how boring it became. Just at the right time the last part of the book began, and it was so good. The action was back, and the plot line really picked up. A lot of things happened, and I didn't see anything of it coming. As for the ending of TERRA I did like how it ended, but not how it was written. I think that it should have been written in a different way to make me feel like Terra was supposed to feel by what she got to know. It was just a good ending, with no special feelings surrounding it.
I love this book. From the beginning, I was hooked. The characters are real and likeable, and a perfect fit for the world that Gretchen has created. I was held captive by the entire story line - the interaction between Terra and the government was as enthralling as that between her and Adam. And the odds they face are unimaginable... Acid rain that keeps them inside for days, a quarantine line that can't be crossed, and meals that come in pill form.
I admit that there are some dystopian novels that I just cannot get through, the characters and worlds that the authors create are far too complicated. Not the case with Terra. And while I can never imagine living in a time or place where the government has divided the people so far, or where I would have to go out and scavenge for recyclables in exchange for currency to live off of, Terra is very easy to empathize with because her character is so REAL. Forgetting about the futuristic theme of the book for a moment, Terra struggles with loss, fear, and desire. Real qualities.
Terra can be compared to the likes of The Hunger Games and Starters. Gretchen Powell can absolutely hold her own in the YA world and will go far with Terra. There is no doubt that I want - and need - to read more. I cannot wait for the next one. In the meantime, I am sure I will read this again and again.
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It's no secret that I'm a fan of dystopian literature. So when a request to read Terra by Gretchen Powell came my way, I had to agree.Read more