- File Size: 860 KB
- Print Length: 398 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: ELCK Publishing; Kindle Edition edition (December 18, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 19, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GNFUSO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Terrene: the hidden valley Kindle Edition
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There is a serious plot twist at the end that leaves me speechless, as I just don't know how to put my reaction into words without giving away any surprises. I immediately texted my daughter and told her she HAD to read this book.
Eric Liu has brilliantly combined entertainment with the ability to increase public awareness of our planet's looming destruction. Some ... well, a lot ... of the technobabble was way over my head which made some parts of the book kind of hard to wade through, but it was definitely worth the effort.
Boy, was I wrong. I loved the dynamic of Jane being stuck on nature, the world, and Ashton being stuck into the future. Plus, Flora in the far future after the Earth only has one valley left for life whose purpose is to find the key to bring back Earth, the rest of the planet, so it's no longer barren. But, my stars damn. My reaction when I found out Flora was just a realistic computer model, WITH NO BRAIN. Only a combination of the past scientists and Jane Ingram. My heart broke for her when she realized she wasn't real, she was freaking out of how she could feel pain when an arrow hit her, despite being not real.
The ending, with Jane speaking to Flora, telling her she saved their world. It's very bittersweet. I thought it was entirely a different ending. This. I just don't know. I've been sitting here for a week. This book ending is bothering me so damn much. I suppose it's a good thing? I'm not going to forget this. But, Mr. Eric Liu, if your next book dare does this to me again my Kindle may end up in a fireplace.
With every word in this story, the author brings the characters to life & creates a hope for real-world change. Delicately dancing between an ideal future & a carbon footprint troubled present, this novel combines ecology & technology in a way I never imagined possible, while staying true to what history has taught us: humans repeat cycles of learning & cycles of destruction.
The characters are well-developed and honest. Most reveal several layers (not just the primary characters) while showing true emotions throughout the story: from our tendency to judge people as good or bad based on how they make us feel to the fatigue that comes at the end of an arduous journey that seems to have been in vain. The plot is well-planned and flows seemingly effortlessly towards a conclusion that cannot be predicted, utilizing nicely done transistions to form a very cohesive dual-storyline.
Flora's story is one of hope & faith. She is a unique heroine and her story is one that should be destined as a classic work of written art.
This book is well written, suitable for all ages and sexes, and interesting. It starts well and ends well, but drags a little in the middle, so just press on, the ending is worth it.
It's a complete book, with a single story with an end, not part of an ongoing endless series (trilogy anyone?) like so many free books are. I almost put it down in the middle, but was glad I didn't.
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I am sure that the author could do much better and may sometime write a book worthy of the 5 stars that too many reviewers have given this story. I wonder whether they gave the rating for the story or the theme.
The book's solution to developing ways to deal with climate change didn't stretch disbelief too much. The fact that we are making technological advances all the time certainly makes it plausible.
Well worth a read.