Monday, 16 September 2013

Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)Eighteen-year-old Tavia is the only survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents. Grieving and lonely, she starts having strange visions; of a boy she's never met but feels compulsively drawn to. A boy who tells her to do things she never dreamed of. Tavia begins to suspect that secrets are being kept from her, and that her kindly aunt and uncle know more than they are letting on. Was the plane crash really an accident? Or is Tavia part of something bigger than she ever imagined?

Wow... this book was just... wow. I was skeptical as to whether I would like this book or not as I had absolutely no interest in Pike's #1 New York Times Bestselling Series "Wings". But this was different, sometimes when you pick up a book for the first time and start reading the first few sentences, you just know that is going to be a book. The book started off with Tavia recounting the plane crash that killed everyone but her and the book immediately became gripping.

I really admired Tavia and I think this is because she is so strong in spite of going through so much and although she does have her aunt and uncle they don't ever quite relate to how she feels. She is so isolated and a very lonely character that doesn't often show how heartbroken she is over the death of her parents. One other thing I found really interesting about her was that she was one of those very rare people that despite everything that has happened to her, she just keeps going and never stops. Tavia is so desperate to uncover the mess that has become of her life that courage overpowers every other part of her personality. I have read many books about many different characters and other than Harry Potter, I have never felt so sorry for a character before. 

The plot of this book was just incredible. It was skillfully slow paced and so everything was explained very clearly and all these different supposedly dead ends, or questions are eventually entwined so horrifyingly together, placing Tavia in a situation that tears her apart. The book is also set in late Autumn or early Winter and the settings are described beautifully and so vividly that it seemed like I could almost imagine events taking place right in front of my eyes. 

Other than that the only thing that adds onto the sadness of this book is that nobody, not one person by the end of the book is actually who they were assumed to be at the beginning. That was a great plot twist but it did leave me feeling so, so sorry for Tavia. This was an excellent book and I would definitely recommend it to anybody who is prepared to wait for the sequel, which comes out in Summer of next year.

Holly x

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