Gretchen Powell’s debut is a YA dystopian with a sci-fi twist. The science fiction part was a surprise, a pleasant surprise nevertheless.Thanks to Powell’s attention to detail the book had exceptionally amazing world building. This dystopian world was described vividly allowing the reader to picture the skycities and Terra Rhodon’s life on the barren earth. Terra also earns brownie points for originality because I haven’t seen the concept of ‘scavenging’ in any other YA dystopian novels.
The protagonist, Terra Rhodon was forced to grow up too fast due to the absence of parents. Because of this she’s forced to take care of her 13 year old brother, Mica. It was easy to like Terra because she was a brave, stubborn, sarcastic and strong character who was willing to do whatever it takes to survive the harsh conditions. She also has a great sense of humor especially when it comes to her little brother. The interactions between Terra and her brother were adorable and helped lighten the tone of the book.
“Why aren't you at school?" I ask suddenly.
"It's a holiday," he says, a little too quickly.
"Right. What holiday would that be? National Talk Out of Your Ass Day?”
Adam, Terra’s mysterious, blue-eyed love interest enters the story claiming to be a researcher. Their romance was cute and awkward but sadly it lacked depth. Their relationship progresses way too quickly so the romance falls into dreaded insta-love category. I hope to see their relationship explored a bit more in the next book.
“Looks like sunsets are growing on you.”The book was well paced, not too fast and not too slow. There were quite a few unexpected turns and the little plot twists kept me on the edge.
Overall, a great debut-one that I'd recommend to fans of dystopia and post-apocalyptic genres. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger so yes I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel.