Planet Urth (Book 1)

Planet Urth (Book 1)

by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci
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Planet Urth (Book 1) by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci

The world has changed. It’s dangerous, deadly. Inhuman creatures rule the planet. Animals have mutated. The land is hostile. But it’s all I’ve ever known. Hunger. Fear. Panic. Those emotions are my reality. They are my every day. I am Avery, and I am seventeen. My father died a year ago. Since then I’ve been responsible for my eight-year-old sister, June.

I worry we are the only humans left.

Humans have been hunted for centuries, to the brink of extinction. I must fight each day to protect my sister. It is the reason I wake, the reason I breathe. But how long can I go on fighting? How long will it be before they find us?

More than two hundred years into the future, human beings are an endangered species. The planet has been battered by war, its inhabitants plagued by disease and death. Few humans survived and remained unaffected. Most changed dramatically and evolved into something else entirely. Irrevocable alterations caused by chemical warfare have created a new species. North America is in ruins and has been overtaken. Humanity has fallen at the hands of mutants known as Urthmen.

Seventeen year-old Avery is alive and unchanged. But she has not been immune to the harshness of the new world. She has lived on the run for much of her life, in terror.

After losing her father, Avery is the sole guardian of her eight-year-old sister, June. Avery is now charged with June’s safety as well as her own, a nearly impossible task.

Forced to hide deep in the forest and away from the cities overrun by Urthmen, Avery and her sister are constantly hunted. Danger awaits them at every turn. They fear they are the only human beings left, that they are the last of their kind.

But are they truly alone?

Find out in this raw and riveting first installment of the Planet Urth series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045563741
Publisher: Jennifer and Christopher Martucci
Publication date: 10/02/2013
Series: Planet Urth , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 17,807
File size: 235 KB

About the Author

Jennifer and Christopher Martucci hoped that their life plan had changed radically in early 2010. To date, the jury is still out. But late one night, in January of 2010, the stay-at-home mom of three girls under the age of six had just picked up the last doll from the playroom floor and placed it in a bin when her husband startled her by declaring, “We should write a book, together!” Wearied from a day of shuttling the children to and from school, preschool and Daisy Scouts, laundry, cooking and cleaning, Jennifer simply stared blankly at her husband of fifteen years. After all, the idea of writing a book had been an individual dream each of them had possessed for much of their young adult lives. Both had written separately in their teens and early twenties, but without much success. They would write a dozen chapters here and there only to find that either the plot would fall apart, or characters would lose their zest, or the story would just fall flat. Christopher had always preferred penning science-fiction stories filled with monsters and diabolical villains, while Jennifer had favored venting personal experiences or writing about romance. Inevitably though, frustration and day-to-day life had placed writing on the back burner and for several years, each had pursued alternate (paying) careers. But the dream had never died. And Christopher suggested that their dream ought to be removed from the back burner for further examination. When he proposed that they author a book together on that cold January night, Jennifer was hesitant to reject the idea outright. His proposal sparked a discussion, and the discussion lasted deep into the night. By morning, the idea for the Dark Creations series was born.The Dark Creations series, as well as the Arianna Rose series, are works that were written while Jennifer and Christopher continued about with their daily activities and raised their young children. They changed diapers, potty trained and went to story time at the local library between chapter outlines and served as room parents while fleshing out each section. Life simply continued. And in some ways, their everyday lives were reflected in the characters of each series.As the story line continues to evolve, so too does the Martucci collaboration. Lunches are still packed, noses are still wiped and time remains a rare and precious commodity in their household, but it is the sound of happy chaos that is the true background music of their writing. They hope that their work, though penned for a young adult audience, will be appreciated by the young of every age, and that all enjoy reading it as much as they enjoyed writing it.

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Planet Urth (Book 1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is great. I love all of the action, the plot the hole thing. Cannot wait to see what happens next. So ifyou like to read about monsters, the end of the world, a litte bit of family, and love. You will like this book. L.J.B.
MrsBakon More than 1 year ago
I don’t know how many times I said to my sister, “This could be the next Hunger Games.” I got Planet Urth and randomly decided to read  it. The moment I started reading this book I was sucked in. Your placed through the eyes of a teenage girl named Avery who has to take care of her 8-year-old sister June. The Earth has now been transformed into a very terrifying place—forcing them to live in caves and survive in the forest. The descriptions in this book blew me away. I loved the almost poetic twist to the way things were described. This book made me feel  emotions unlike most I’ve read. I don’t usually rave about character development in books, but this one was amazing. I could FEEL Avery’s emotions which is so rare in books today. The action was also very well written and my heart would start pumping alongside  Avery’s. I seriously, seriously hope this book does awesome, cause honestly it’d be fun to see on a big screen one day. I already told a couple readers about this one, and they are reading it now! Can’t wait to see what comes next!!!
HuntersvilleMan More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be an interesting read, but the plot is slow. Very slow. The flashbacks would have been better at the beginning so I could understand why the main character thought and behaved as she did. By the time the flashbacks occurred, I didn't care. The action is slow, and there is no reason to care for the characters. I have no interest in reading book 2.
wfd14 More than 1 year ago
I loved the book and can't wait for the next one.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book enjoyed it so much! Can't wait til book 4 is out. June is not coming quick enough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice change. Look out zombies the urthmen could be the new kids on the block.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was ok. Premise was decent but dialogue was too formal and overly explanatory . Won't be reading the rest of the series .
Arrat More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. About 130ish pgs. The book is about a teenage girl and her sister June 8, who live on Earth after it's been transformed by chemical warfare. It was well written and the descriptions of the new creatures are well done. I thought Avery acted too mature for her age, while it's great she is doing everything to protect June, their relationship seemed too perfect. When Avery meets other "humans" she is very trusting which would surprise me in a world where humans are struggling to survive. I felt her attraction to the teenage boy was too quick and again in such a tough world I'm not sure she would even be thinking such a thing. Avery just seemed to perfect a sister, I'm not sure many adults would be as mature as her. In other situations I thought she acted just like a teenager, stunned to find other humans. I think the story has potential and wish the Martucci's best of luck.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good job the book is very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good writing and good pace. Love the setting. You've got me hooked. On to book 2.
GoPete More than 1 year ago
This was a small book, so a quick read. It took a bit to get into, but was a good start to a story, which means several more books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
frogslunch More than 1 year ago
I don't think I could do what this young lady does all for her sister!!!!! In fact, I know I couldn't and I'm an adult in my 40s!!!! Sometimes the  story goes a little too fast and other times too slow but I guess in a world changed for the worst does that all to well when you don't know  how, when, or where things are going to happen.
224perweek 4 months ago
Interesting. Shorter then I thought it would be. I was confused about the urthmen and the humans. Aren't they the same?? Apparently not in this story.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Cat wait to read the next in the series
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icetiger More than 1 year ago
Great read, i really enjoyed it, excellent characters, good story and well developed, wish there was a sequal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey you lied i posted it and nothing happened and my mom walked into my room asking why i was kissing my hand
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure that this was a book I would enjoy but it surprised me and not only did I really enjoy it I am going to continue reading the series. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading till I ran out of pages. Getting the next one now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up way to late because I did not want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its not bad. Less than 200 pages, but Im interested enough to buy the box set and see where it goes.
cb_wordsmith More than 1 year ago
This sounded like it would be a great story, but the blah writing and lack-luster characters didn't even keep my interest through the first chapter
Benjoalis More than 1 year ago
My Wife and I just finished reading this book. (We got it a while ago as a free book) Good well thought out writing. The heroine is strong and very much a teen girl. Some bits are predictable but written so they are still enjoyable and keep you on your toes. The first book stops a little abruptly but if you are keeping track of your page numbers it is expected and logical. This series may have the potential to be a “Hunger Games” But with much more at stake.