Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
Release Date: October 10, 2013
Goodreads Rating: 3.83
My Rating: 4.5
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Humanity has colonized on the tidally locked planet Pendomus.
Residing between extreme heat and frigid cold is the complex known as the Helix. Within lies a highly sophisticated society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose as determined by their natural aptitudes and daily brain scans.
Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem has found her calling studying the ancient trees nearby and anxiously awaits a professional placement which will allow her to continue her work.
Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked and left for dead in those woods. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived without the Helix. Fueled by a yearning to understand and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa tries to make a new life for herself. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet, and the forces controlling her from afar.
What she needs are some answers.
My Take On The Book:
I’m not exactly sure what drew me in when I think about this book. I remember reading the synopsis and looking at the cover but I don’t recall the exact moment or why I chose to review this title. It’s different from my normal picks as it’s not quite a paranormal read or a full on romance, it has more of a sci-fi dystopian feel so that’s the genre I’m labeling and listing this book as. (If I’m wrong, please let me know via comment so I can change it). Regardless, it was a thrilling fast paced rollercoaster with surprising dips and turns.
Right off the bat, you are thrust into this deliriously confusing world of action and intrigue. Once your done reading your heart will still be racing and you’ll just want to pick it up again and re-read it.
I adore this world and the characters that inhabit it. Their development is slow, steady, thrilling and believable. I could sit here and discuss all the ins and out, all day if you let me; but then I’d be giving all the good stuff away and trust me there are a lot of good bits. So, I’ll just let you read it for yourself.
The imagery is spectacular. Different, yet eerily similar to our own world with obvious differences and slighter one that may take you a while to catch. I can say, that not just once but multiple times, I was left question our very own society and the way we do things.
If there was one thing I was to say I didn’t particularly enjoy was the all-around pace. At times it raced through and got your heart pumping then it slowed down to a screeching halt that is comparable to a snail’s pace. I could work with either but both just leaves you feeling out of sorts and dissatisfied. But then you get caught up in this intricate web of information and descriptions and your sucked right back in. It’s honestly an excellent read with a very unique view on society and other worlds.
The Great (Pros):
- The World of Pendomus. It was so unique and refreshing. I loved how much history we read about regarding the colonization of the planet. It’s refreshing to read a story that takes place almost in its entirety in one foreign world.
- The Romance. ::sigh:: They were just so believable and cute. It was all about the innocence and the way it can turn into something more.
- The Group Dynamic. I loved the playful bickering and banter and the seemed like a perfectly synchronized unit. A makeshift family of sorts.
- The Helix. Not exactly a good place, but I loved the science behind it. It was really interesting!
- The Lateral. The Lateral. The description was just beautiful, but I admit it may not be too much better than the Helix other than they attempt to allow their population so sort of freedom.
- The Cover. I loved it. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s just as creepy. I loved seeing the cover every time I open the book!
The Not So Great (Cons):
- The Pace. Exactly as stated above. It was fast at times then slow.
- Vagueness. Mainly at the end of the book. I hate riddles (but I secretly love them) in books. They are usually a horrible prophecy that dooms a character or multiple character that you’ve forged an emotional connection with. A character you love. I swear if something happens to Trae, Runa or Kani I’ll have a spaz attack and flip out.
It’s rare to find a dystopian I enjoyed as much as this one and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Hoping that it’s just as much of a page turner as this one. This book has heroes and villains, history and romance. Its as intriguing as its cover! Seriously guys, this one is worth your time. With Dystopians such as this, I may have to rethink my stance of Sci-Fi book and Paranormal.
Born and raised in central MN, Carissa Andrews has always loved books. She started her career at 15 in a bookstore, just to be able to afford her book fetish. By 19, she worked for a magazine publisher. At 22, she was working for printers to learn their trade. At 27, she went back to school for graphic design, and became an award winning designer. Little did she know all of her experiences would lead her to becoming a self-publishing power house.
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