Book: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike
Published July 2013 by Penguin|282 pages
Where I Got It: Nook store
Series: Earthbound #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
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Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon to discover that she’s an Earthbound—someone with the ability to create matter out of nothing—and that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. Tavia will ultimately have to make a choice: to come into her powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata or to choose free will and a love of her own.
What I Thought:
After reading Pike’s Wings series, I’ve been looking forward to reading anything new she had coming out, and so I started off with Earthbound. Which is very different than Wings, but in a good way!
It’s a really interesting take on the paranormal, and I like the idea of people being Earthbound. I liked the addition of the Reduciata and the good guys (I just wish I could remember who they were). I liked that small details were added throughout the book, and that you had a fairly decent sense of the “mythology” of the world by the end of the book. Granted, I wanted to know more, but you learn things as Tavia learns things, so I’m sure there’s a lot more to come in terms of world-building. I just wish the towns had more description to them, because I couldn’t get a good feel for them, and it was hard to picture.
There is quite the love triangle in Earthbound, which does make sense by the end of the book. It definitely made the book more interesting, once things started unraveling. But I also didn’t particularly care for either guy, and they really didn’t stand out a lot. Still, I’m curious to see how things go with Logan, given what we know about this world.
Still, I felt like things were all over the place, and I felt like things were a tad uneven. There were definitely some things I should have predicted, since they were pretty obvious. But the plot is different enough that I’m willing to overlook the obviousness of some things.
Let’s Rate It:
I liked the mystery in Earthbound, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book to see where things go. I didn’t love it, but it’s definitely interesting. Earthbound gets 3 stars.