Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Terra by Gretchen Powell Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Terra (Terrestrials #1) by Gretchen Powell

Terra (Terrestrials, #1)Title: Terra

Series: Terrestrials #1

Author: Gretchen Powell

Published: 12th December 2012 by Hopewell Media

Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review


A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

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 is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

Book Links
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My Review

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!

4/5 Whales

Author Bio - Gretchen Powell

Gretchen PowellHalf-Chinese and the daughter of a US diplomat, Gretchen Powell spent her childhood growing up in far-off places. She made it all the way to her mid-twenties whilst maintaining her deep-seated love for young adult novels, so she decided to write one of her own.
Her creative process involves copious amounts of Sour Patch Kids and sleeping fitfully. Her many interests include anything with polka dots, Harry Potter, and playing the ukulele. When she isn't crafting devastated futuristic worlds and fiery heroines, Gretchen also writes a healthy living blog, entitled "Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!" She lives in Northern Virginia with her two adorable miniature schnauzers. They wear many sweaters.

Author Links
Website - Goodreads - Facebook - Twitter


One winner will receive a signed copy of Terra by Gretchen Powell + 3 signedbookmarks

-Ends 21st May 2013

Find the rest of the TOUR HERE!


  1. A city in the sky. I'm imagining beautiful white clouds. I think storm clouds would be just as beautiful.

  2. A city in the sky
    Thanks for the giveaway : )