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Earthquake
     

Earthquake

3.5 2
by Aprilynne Pike
 

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Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence. 
 
Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with

Overview

Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence. 
 
Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Rebecca Smith
Though filled to bursting with interesting characters and complex subplots, there were several areas of the book that simply did not resonate well with this reviewer. Without having read the first novel, it was difficult to truly connect with the storyline. It felt as if I was always missing out on some inside joke; the story felt incomplete. Earthquake fails to stand well on its own. The characters are not relatable; Tavia is intriguing, yet too fantastical. While this may work for those who have read the previous installment, as a stand-alone book, it falls short. Reviewer: Rebecca Smith, Teen Reviewer; Ages 15 to 18.
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Jonathan Ryder
Tavia Michaels has recently discovered that she is an “Earthbound,” a goddess who has been trapped in human form and has spent the past several centuries living a series of human lives. Unfortunately, although she knows that she has lived those all those lives, she does not have any concrete memories of them, only vague hints from her dreams. What she does know is that (a) there is a virus threatening to destroy not only the population of the planet (both human and Earthbound), but even the planet itself, and (b) buried within her is the key to unlocking the cure. Now Tavia is in a race against time to discover the secret to the virus before a group of other Earthbounds, called “the Reduciata,” finds her and uses her abilities to their own nefarious purposes. On a less global scale, Tavia finds herself caught between her feelings for Benson, a young man she fell in love with while she was still “human,” and Logan, her eternal lover without whom she cannot access the full extent of her powers. Will Tavia discover the secret to curing this virus? Are those who are helping her discover this cure being truthful, or do they have a sinister agenda of their own? The book feels like two separate stories that have been skillfully welded together. One tale is a familiar “race against time” plot, as Tavia attempts to find a cure for the virus. The other is a “romantic triangle” plot as Tavia attempts to figure out her feelings for both Benson and Logan. The narrative itself is told exclusively from Tavia’s perspective, and allows the reader to join Tavia as she discovers new secrets. Although this is the second book in a series, it stands alone well. Matters from the previous book are brought up and explained without being overly summarized. The ending makes it clear that a third book is already in the works. The book deals with issues of trust, discovery of abilities, and romance. This would be a worthy addition to most high school library collections, and would appeal to fans of the urban fantasy subgenre that is so popular these days. Reviewer: Jonathan Ryder; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—After discovering in Earthbound (Penguin, 2014) that she is a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth, Tavia is imprisoned along with eternal lover Logan by a rival faction that is set on destroying humanity with a virus. Mankind's fate hangs in the balance. A tense read that will leave fans of the series eager for the next book.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-28
Following Earthbound (2013), Tavia’s missing memories hold the key to saving the world.Reincarnated goddess Tavia has found the boy/fellow Earthbound that she’s spent her past lives loving—a good thing, as they needed to reunite to “resurge,” or recover their full powers and renew their immortality for another set of reincarnations. In a slow start, before Tavia can make progress with Logan, the Reduciata capture them. Attempting to escape, Tavia discovers a dangerous special ability—just in time for the Curatoria to rescue them. Though long suspicious of the Curatoria, Tavia accepts their help in triggering Logan’s memory, in return helping the Curatoria’s leader in his quest to cure the Reduciata’s virus. In addition to ravaging the human population, the virus has made its way into the Earthbound population, with catastrophic implications—a Transformist, Tavia’s the only one who can stop it and save the globe’s population. At the same time, she must figure out whom to trust—she’s been warned against the Curatoria’s leader, and everyone seems to be keeping secrets. Additionally, she discovers she and Logan were not the only ones taken by the Curatoria—her former love interest, Benson, returns to anchor the love triangle. The farther into the pages, the deeper the intrigue gets—revelations fly so fast in the conclusion that readers may struggle to keep up.A twisty, fun read for the paranormal faithful. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101594308
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/08/2014
Series:
Earthbound , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
278,025
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Readers who loved Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games (2008) will find much in this series to enjoy." —Booklist 
  "A worthy addition to most high school library collections, and would appeal to fans of the urban fantasy subgenre." —VOYA

"Pike is a master world-builder and this novel will not disappoint." —Library Media Connection

Praise for Earthbound:

"[A] riveting page-turner. . . . Sure to satisfy romantics, mystery fans, fantasy aficionados, and thrill seekers alike."—Booklist

"Pike's . . . solid writing, particularly in her descriptions, will have readers hooked."—Publishers Weekly

"Readers of supernatural romance will be clamoring for this one."—School Library Journal

"The premise of Earthbound is enough to give even the most jaded of readers the shivers."—Romantic Times

"Promising start to a new series that offers history, romance, and action."—Kirkus Reviews

"A magical, mythical tale, The mystery simmers." –Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush

Meet the Author

Aprilynne Pike (www.aprilynnepike.com) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series. She has been spinning stories since she was a child with a hyperactive imagination. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, and (of course!) reading books about magic and kissing. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids.

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Earthquake 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sue5 More than 1 year ago
Definitely a teen series.  An action filled SCI FI that will keep the young reading for fun.
jenniferstrand More than 1 year ago
WOW.  This one is action packed!  While I felt that something was missing from EARTHBOUND, the first book in this series, EARTHQUAKE hit the spot. I really enjoyed this one! It might not be a bad to idea to skim through EARTHBOUND before diving into this vat of spun sugar.  While I certainly remembered the major plot points from the first book, specific events from that time are referenced here and some of those details were a bit fuzzy for me.  Pike does a good job of recapping but there are just SO MANY NAMES to remember. Be prepared for a love triangle of epic proportions.  (That alone should tell you that things are NOT what they seem in book one.)  I don't envy Tavia.  Both of her love interests are good guys (probably?) and have her best interest at heart. (maybe?)  It's an interesting decision she has to make--the boy she's fated to love or the boy she's fallen in love with of her own accord.  There's not an easy answer. Turns out that who Tavia thought she wanted isn't who....oh never mind. You'll have to read the book for THOSE kind of details. :) Carve out a good chunk of time to read this one.  Seriously.  The action will captivate you and the mystery will make it impossible to put down. White knuckled reading is almost guaranteed.  And don't let all the science make you feel inept.  I'm pretty it's 100% factual.  I haven't heard of one Earthbound complain about Pike not getting her facts straight. :) Count me in on the "anxiously awaiting book three" club.  I'm metaphorically dying to see the conclusion!