Terra (Terrestrials #1) by Gretchen Powell
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 makes her living as a scav, scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. While on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16.Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth ultimately leads her to Adam – a beguiling boy with a secret that has the power to change humanity’s existence forever.
Okay, so this is going to be a pretty short and to-the-point review because I didn’t care too much for this book and I hate writing bad reviews, so let’s just get it over with…
I thought the story was okay. It’s a Young Adult Dystopian told from the perspective of eighteen-year-old Terra. While the world-building was decent and I was able to picture this world — for the most part — the storyline fell short. I just couldn’t get into the story. It was one of those books where I was reading and I would have to flip back because it turned out I was daydreaming instead of paying attention to what I was reading.
The characters were mediocre at best. I didn’t feel any real connection to any of them.
I didn’t see any clear uniqueness in the storyline. It was pretty much been there, read that to me. For one, the dystopian world reminded me a lot of the world portrayed in the animated movie, Astro Boy. And there were a lot of other aspects that reminded me of other things. But, that’s the one that comes to mind at the moment.
The writing wasn’t bad, but it was not written in a captivating way and there definitely wasn’t anything special about the writing. But, it was decent.
Unfortunately, I would not recommend this book. But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read it. Each to his/her own. Terra actually has an average rating of 4.14 after 228 ratings on Goodreads, so it might just not be my cup of tea (which is weird, since it’s my favourite genre). Oh well, decide for yourself…read the other reviews on Goodreads as well. 🙂