Terra (Terrestrials, #1)
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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.
Genre: YA dystopian
Gretchen Powell weaves together a complex world set in a dystopian society. North America is split into two parts: the groundworld and the skyworld. Terrestrials live on the groundworld, where the once glorious United States is divided into four quadrants: North, East, South and West. Skydwellers live in floating cities, far away from the plights of the
Terra, the main character of this novel, is an eighteen-year-old girl struggling to support her thirteen-year-old brother, Mica. They live in the South Quadrant, one of the poorest quadrants of the four. Their mother died and their father ran off on them when Terra was fifteen. After her abandoned them, Terra lost interest in living and taking care of her brother. However, when school officials had to carry Mica
home one day because he passed out due to malnutrition and lack of care, Terra snaps out of her stupor and has ever since then been extremely protective of him. She is willing to do anything to make sure she never fails to take care of him, even if this means she has to become a scav.
A scav, short for scavenger, is a person who makes a living by collecting “trash” dropped by trash barges from the skycities. At the collection
center, scavs can turn in their finds for steel (points), the current currency. However, life as a scav is dangerous. Raiders attack scavs and steal their goods. Sometimes they kill scavs as well. But Terra doesn’t let that little inconvenience stop her.
One day, she finds an unusual item while scavenging. And from that point out, Terra’s life begins to spiral out of control. She meets a skyboy named Adam, who claimed he got
separated from his research team. His team had been sent to the groundworld to collect data. Okay, I’m not going to say anymore about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away….there’s plenty of twists and turns though, so consider yourself warned!
Onto the characters…I liked them well enough, but I thought they were rather dramatic. Adam is the classic “mysterious-and-sexy-boy”; I would’ve appreciated some
more dimensions to his character. Terra is very edgy and independent. Personally, I sometimes find her acting more like a sixteen year old than an eighteen year old. There is some romance between Terra and Adam, but I find it kind of forced and awkward. Nevertheless, the plot makes up for any lacking in characters.
As mentioned before, I absolutely adore the plot of Terra. It was fast, it was intense and it never let me off the hook.
I finished the entire book in one sitting. Also, there were many curves I didn’t see coming as the novel progressed and I love surprises.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a fast paced, YA dystopian thriller, then this is the book for you.
*ides and plot were original
*love the new inventions/gadgets the author created
*a lot of action
*the characters to some degree—not enough to make me put down the book, but some of their actions really annoy me (what’s with all those cocky/sly/half grins?)
*the romance part of the novel