Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Across the Wire by Stella Telleria Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Across the Wire (Across the Wire #1) by Stella Telleria

Across the Wire (Across the Wire #1)Title: Across the Wire

Series: Across the Wire #1

Author: Stella Telleria

4th November 2013

E-copy from the author for my honest review


When Mia Mitchell, a hardcore but lonely former Marine, steps into an alley to pull some thugs off an unlucky foreigner, she walks into a fight she expects. What she doesn’t see coming is the foreigner making her a job offer any sane person would refuse. So, she takes it. She thinks she’s headed for some third-world country; instead she’s mysteriously transported to an Earth-like parallel world. That’s a mad left-hook.

Mia discovers a matriarchal dystopia where freedom doesn’t exist and fighting for it means execution. Lethal force bends all to the law; women fear for their families and un-wed men suffer slavery. Mia’s job is to train an underground syndicate of male freedom-fighters for a violent revolution. However, the guys don’t want a pair of X chromosomes showing them the way.

Eben, an escaped slave, is encouraged by Mia to become a leader among the men. But when he turns his quiet determination on her, it spells F.U.B.A.R. for cynical Mia. Their unexpected connection threatens more than her exit strategy; it threatens the power struggle festering with in the syndicate.

Haunted by nightmares and post-traumatic stress, unsure who to trust or how to get home, Mia struggles to stay alive as she realizes all is not what it seems.

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My Review

As is generally the case with books I read, when I finally got 'round to read this book I had completely forgotten what it was supposed to be about. When the sci-fi element came into it (which I had mostly forgotten about but I started to remember when events unfolded) I was a little surprised by how quickly the transition happened, it left me feeling a little genre-confused but that soon gave way to awesomeness. Everything else was fantastic and I loved getting to know the characters.

It took the first few chapters for me to get into the book, it wasn't really until Eben came in that I started connecting with the characters. In the beginning the sci-fi/parallel world part seemed to come on too strong, it clashed with the "normal" world and life shown in the first chapter with Mia, and watching that world all of a sudden become almost the complete opposite to everything we've known kind of threw me. Everything starts to come together when Mia sees the city for the first time and we get to learn more about how everything operates. If the start of this book doesn't grab you then I implore you to read on because it just gets better from there.

Eben is definitely one of my favourite characters (I can't say favourite outright in case some of the other characters get jealous!) and I think some of that has to do with me really getting into the book when his character showed up. Eben, (for some reason I keep wanting to right Elan but I think that's just because I'm tired. If you do see 'Elan' written somewhere you can safely assume that I was actually talking about Eben. :P) Eben is also a wonderful character who is kind, selfless, and clever, even if he doesn't have a great education. He adapts quickly to his new situation with Mia and it's wonderful to see him let his cheeky side show! Mia is also a great character with a lot of demons from her past and you can patch together a rough idea of what she's been through from the first few chapters. It's pretty rough.

The characters and the story is intiguing. I've read/seen a couple of other book where women rule but I really love how this was done, I especially enjoyed reading the part about men being called 'men' because though they shared a lot of traits with women, the wo'men' got two extra letters in their title because they not only have the qualities of men, they have extra, better qualities too! ;) I don't believe anyone is less than anyone else, equality is great, but that part of the book did  make me giggle. So if you're looking for a new sci-fi read with a society different from what you're used to, I recommend trying Across the Wire.

4/5 Whales

Author Bio - Stella Telleria

Stella TelleriaAll my life I’ve dreamed of stories or have had my nose buried in one. I live in Edmonton, Canada with my husband and my weird sense of humor. Across the Wire is my first novel.

I love old war movies, dystopian fiction, and any story with action, a good plot, and characters I'd get into a fight at the pub for. Not that I'm a brawler or anything. Unless you think that out-of-print book or vintage piece at the thrift shop is going home with you instead of me. Then, my friend, the gloves are off. 

Some say if you have your nose buried in a book, you're missing out on life. I say my nose is buried in a book because one life is not enough.

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  1. I like the whole woman extra qualities bit ;) This sounds like a really good read! Great review, Myra!

  2. I love your whale rating system. It's hilarious! Thank you for being a part of the blog tour!