Tuesday, April 2, 2013

[Book Tour] Terra by Gretchen Powell (Review, Scavenger Hunt & Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours... 

Terra (Terrestrials, #1)Terra
by Gretchen Powell
Paperback, 286 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Hopewell Media

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.

About the author

Hello there! My name is Gretchen Powell. I am 24 years old, half-Chinese, and the owner of two adorable miniature schnauzers. I am an occasional drinker of classy wines, and I wrote a book.
By day, I work for a government contractor in our nation’s capital.
By night, I binge on episodes of Doctor Who and sleep fitfully.
Sometime in the mid-afternoon, I write another blog called Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! about weight loss, food, fitness, and my life.
Some of my favorite things include polka dots, Harry Potter, pretty much any TV show that airs on Thursday nights (yep, I'm talking Vampire Diaries #notashamed), and playing the ukulele.


My thoughts: Terra is the first book of the Terrestrials series and it is Powell's debut novel. We are talking about a Young Adult dystopia. It's sort of a The Hunger Games meets Uglies meets I am Number Four. And I mean it as a compliment, I think it has a great mix of elements that makes it unique in its own way and creates a fantastic story. 

A devastating plague has hit Earth and now the human society is parted in two. The terrestrials -the poor who live on Earth- and the skydwellers -the rich people who live on the skycities. 

Terra -as well as the title of the book-  is the name of our protagonist, an eighteen-year-old terrestrial girl who is the head of her little family. The story is narrated from her point of view and I really liked Terra's voice. She's a strong character, a real fighter, brave and toughed from what she's been through. She takes care of his younger brother when she's just another child and learns to cope with the pain of being left alone by her father and her grandmother's death. She takes responsibility and start working in the toughest job: being a scav. 
I have mixed feelings about Mica, the little brother, I'm in between of finding him adorable and  a little stupid and annoying. But, well, I suppose that was the point, he's thirteen years old, after all. 

When Terra finds a mysterious object in one of her recollection trips to the woods, everything changes. She goes from being just another poor girl trying to survive to being one of the few on Earth that has money to live a decent life. But she's not used to just accept the things she's told and start asking a lot of question. When none of her question is answered, she goes to find truth by herself and that's when she meets Adam.

I loved Adam from the first moment, he's mysterious and kind and just keeps saving Terra's life. He doesn't answer many of the question that Terra has for him, and this is where I started to have some issues with the girl. I mean, it seems to me that she was being a little too naive about Adam's origins, she just gave up asking question about where he came from and just assume what suit her the best. Well, when you read it, you'll know, she had it coming for giving up!  Other than that I liked the way their relationship grows from distrust to being able to depend on each other.

The story is full of turns and twists and some of them I didn't even see coming. I loved the whole conspiracy thing going on near the end of the book. The ending? Are you freaking kidding me? You can't throw me something like that and just leave me to wait for the next book! The story looks pretty round to me, but there are still some mysteries to be solved and I hope to find out in the next books.

Overall, I think it's a great contribution to the Dystopia genre and I'll definitely be looking forward to read the next book in the Terrestrial series. 


I would recommend it for: Lovers of YA dystopias. If you read Under the Never Sky, The Hunger Games, Uglies or any other book like those, you CAN'T miss Terra!


“Don't you see? We were meant to save each other.” 

“You want to hide,” he says. “I know. Because you feel like you’re not allowed to think the things you think. Or feel the things you feel.”
“Welcome to the human condition,” I say wryly.” 

"Leave it to my sister for a guy to affect her more than near-death raider-related trauma"

Terra: "I don't need anybody"
Adam: "Cause if you don't need anybody, it won't hurt if they leave you, right? You were forced to grow up fast, in the wake of so much loss. It's natural that you'd want to protect yourself from experiencing more of it, that you'd become so overly cautious."

Join the Scavenger Hunt!

In Terra's world, resources are scarce and many people make their living as "scavs," hunting for scraps to turn in on Collection Day in exchange for credits. For this tour, YOU are a scav, and there are scraps all over the blogosphere for you to find! On each participating blog, there will be one of 9 possible questions. Answer the question to receive a keyword that will get you an extra entry in the awesome giveaway!

Find the answer in the excerpt HERE

Giveaway April 1 - 26

One lucky scav will win a Terra prize pack! Get a signed copy of Terra, along with three exclusive (and gorgeous!) bookmarks, as well as a delicate silver watch--just like Terra's!--all packed up inside a scav bag of your very own! US only.

An additional five (FIVE!) winners will get a digital copy of Terra in the format of their choice. International.

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Gretchen Powell. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Terra on Tour!!
April 2013

Check out the Reviews of Terra!! And become a "scav" and track down all the answers to the Collections questions hidden in the excerpts. :-)  Plus, celebrate Gretchen's birthday by bringing something fun to the party!!

1 - April Fool's Day LAUNCH!
 - Colorimetry
 - I Am a Reader, Not a Writer Excerpt 1
 - fuonlyknew Excerpt 2
2 - A Tiffyfit's Reading Corner Review
   - Pause Time - Review
3 - Jessie's Book Place Excerpt 3
4 - Mel's Shelves - Review
   - The Reading Diaries - Excerpt 4
5 - Lovin' Los Libros - Review

7 - Christy's Cozy Corner - Review
   - Total Book Geek - Excerpt 5
8 - The Quiet Concert - Review
9 - LDS & Lovin' It - Review
10 - Jessabella Reads - Excerpt 6
11 - Gretchen's Birthday Party!!
        - Passion & Life - Excerpt 7
12 - Tressa's Wishful Endings - Review

14 - Living a Goddess Life - Review
      - Books, Books and More Books - Review
15 - Marked by Books - Excerpt 8
16 - Blood, Sweat and Books - Review
     - My Seryniti - Review
17 - Bookworm Lisa - Review
     - Mortality Bites - Excerpt 9
18 - Getting Your Read On - Review
     -The Broke Book Bank Interview 10

19 - Grand Finale Blast!!

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