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  • Posted May 18, 2013

    I really enjoyed Terra, I thought it was a fantastic sci-fi/dyst

    I really enjoyed Terra, I thought it was a fantastic sci-fi/dystopian read and would recommend it to fans of either genre.

    The story was a little predictable in place but more often than not, I didn't put the pieces together and ended up being totally surprised. The world was fantastic and gripping I would've loved to see more of it and hopefully we will in the next book/books!

    Scavenging was a great job, as long as you get past all the dangers and forget how taxing the work is, it sounds really fun! I would've liked to have seen more of the action/mystery type thrills I got when Terra goes searching again and stumbles upon unwelcome company, it led to some really engaging, intense scenes! The rest of the book was great too but I would've liked to see some more of that gripping, edge-of-your-seat action and maybe a bit more secretive investigation taking place.

    I didn't have a problem with any of the characters but I don't feel I really fell in love with any of them, I think I needed to see them on a deeper level to fully appreciate them. Mica was probably one of my favourite characters even though we didn't see too much of him, and I only began taking a real interest in him towards the end of the book.

    Terra had a lot of elements I enjoyed and mixing up genres gave it a unique flair, making it stand out from the crowd. I thought the two different social worlds and the way the systems (money, trading, food, etc.) on the ground operated were really interesting and fun. I am looking forward to the rest of the series and am excited as to what happens in the next installment!

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

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    I¿ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately. I¿ve enjoyed almo

    I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately. I’ve enjoyed almost everything to an extent, some quite a lot, but it’s been a while since a book has wowed me, has made me sit up and take notice and caused me to think “this has to go on my list of Favorite Books of 2013″. Finally, I’ve found one and I have Gretchen Powell to thank for it.

    Terra, Adam and Mica are three characters that will stick in my mind for a long time and that’s largely because I became invested in all three. Ms. Powell made me feel as though I’ve watched these kids grow up and become a force to be reckoned with. Terra is one of the most appealing young women characters I’ve come across; she’s determined, caring, very brave and she wants nothing more than to do what’s right for her little brother but she’s no goody two shoes. Adam is, if anything, a mite too good to be true but it’s kind of refreshing to have a love interest who’s really an equal with the girl in many ways. Then there’s Mica, such a typical 13-year-old, snark and all, and we get to see him mature within a few months into a 14-year-old who’s still snarky but beginning to show us the man he’ll eventually become.

    And Prime Morrigan Whitlock? My goodness, this is a villain you love to hate and I can’t wait to find out what evil she’ll be up to next along with the rest of her ilk.

    Terra’s world is fascinating with its sharp divide between the terrestrials and the skydwellers and the author has constructed the groundworld with an eye to detail that brings it into sharp focus for the reader. I went along with Terra and Adam during her stint as tour guide around the city and, in fact, that was a very clever way for the author to let us see and experience this world rather than having Terra tell Adam, and the reader, about the city. One of the elements that I’m interested to know more about is the rain—I want to know how it became so acidic and how Adam’s filter works and I hope to find out more about that in the future.

    Hats off to Ms. Powell for her choice of Terra’s name. After all, what better name can there be to represent what Earth of the very distant future could be like? That future is definitely in peril and the ending of Terra, while not precisely a cliffhanger, certainly left me eager for more. I really do hope the second book will be coming soon.

    One last note—from a former naysayer who has learned to winnow the gems from the dreck, Terra is a self-published novel that is head and shoulders above much of the fiction available today from any source and it will definitely be on my list of favorite books of 2013.

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    I have to admit that I went in, not expecting too much from this

    I have to admit that I went in, not expecting too much from this book. The synopsis sounded all right, and I liked the cover, but well, dystopian novels kind of have this way of being either ‘above and beyond’ or ‘under and way under’. Terra was a pleasant surprise, offering engaging, sometimes even sheer amazing characters, a well-constructed dystopian world and a great plot.

    After a plague, earth is split into two parts. The sky is inhabited by skywalkers, the rich people of the world, who live in floating cities more amazing than you could even imagine. On earth all that’s left are the terrestrials, and Terra is one of those. I really loved her name, because of the symbolism (Terra meaning Earth in Latin). She lives there with her brother Mica, and in true scavenger-like fashion she searches what’s left of the earth for anything they can use to survive. Then there’s the supreme goverment, who’s basically evil, and well, it was pretty much like the Hunger Games reinvented at that point. Thankfully that turned around rather quickly, as the author kept on pouring more and more original elements into the story.

    I liked the idea of the floating cities and the terrestrials left on earth. I also liked Adam, and the mystery surrounding him. Especially with the plot twist toward the idea, which left me dumbfounded, and actually made me enjoy the book a lot more. It’s filled with all these little plot twists, some of course more surprising than others, but it’s clear the author put a great deal of work into this book.

    Talking about the book itself, for an indie published book, the editing is stellar. I read a lot of indie and self-published books, and only about 5% of them reach the editing level I found here.

    Back to the characters now. I liked Terra, because she showed initiative and ambition, but at times I felt like she needed a desperate wake up call. She was a well-developed character though, and I enjoyed reading about her and the world around her.

    What impressed me most however was the setting. The author obviously has a lot of creativity, and her world-building is amazing. My only ‘bad’ point here would be that there’s a lot of info-dumping going on at the start, and you have to bite through that to get to the story. But once you get there, it’s a fast-paced roller coaster filled with action scenes, romance and suspense until the end.

    If you’re a fan of dystopian novels, or young adult in general, Terra is a great choice. It’s a highly creative, well-written, enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Exciting debut for fans of young adult dystopian lit!

    As a debut novel, Terra feels very polished! It was a well crafted story that wasn't the least bit sloppy. At first, it felt a little too similar to the Hunger Games (lead female struggling to get by and protect younger sibling, bleak setting, jerkwad government). That's not to say it wasn't good. I couldn't put it down and flew through it in about 2-3 days. The action had me turning pages at a rapid rate to find out what happens next, and Powell has mastered ending almost every chapter with a surprise (I could never pause to put it down at the end of the chapter, had to read the first page of the next one each time!!). My heart was pumping as Terra raced to escape danger; I could really feel the adrenaline! When you get to the big twist, you'll see this story is going to be quite different from the Hunger Games. (Hint, hint, It's making me want to re-watch Battlestar Galactica ;)) Adam's character started out as quite the mystery, but turns out, it's even more than I could have guessed. I can't wait to see where the second book goes!! Another great quality about the book is the descriptive wording. I could clearly see each scene in my mind, and it played out like a hit action movie (I'm sure Hollywood will be calling soon). I could picture each character's gestures, facial expressions and fast actions effortlessly. I wouldn't say I'm completely in love with Terra and Adam yet, I would classify them more as friendly acquaintances now. But I'm very interested to get to know them better in book 2. I can imagine there is a lot more in store for them!

    I look forward to watching Powell hone her craft as her next creations hit the shelves!

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    Posted September 27, 2013

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