Series: Earthbound #1
Edition: Hardcover, 338 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.
Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.
Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.
Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.
I feel like I’ve read a ton of Aprilynne Pike this year, I guess two books from one author in a year is a bit odd for me. Unfortunately this one didn’t really hit me the way Life After Theft did and parts of it fell a little flat, that being said it was still interesting and unique enough that I enjoyed it.
Earth Bound has a sort of interesting yet hidden concept that relies on the mystery and intrigue to pull you in than outright concept alone. I think this is sort of a double-edged sword. I enjoyed the process of trying to piece together what was happening and seeing the over all reveal, but at the same time I wasn’t as invested as I feel I would have been if I had more to go on initially. There were moments where I hated the plodding pace of the novel and practically begged for something to be given to me, and it was an up and down kind of ride for me that went between warm and lukewarm in terms of interest.
I can’t really say too much about the paranormal aspect of the story without giving a ton away, and I fully believe that spoilers for these types of novels would probably ruin some of the positive aspects. I did like the idea once I found out what it was, but it felt rushed since you don’t get the full story until the last third of novel. The lead up to the reveal is interesting and it did have me on a completely different track, so I enjoyed the originality of it. I liked learning more about Tavia and the mysterious boy (whose name escapes me for some reason), and I enjoyed the relationship she had with Benson. I can say I didn’t expect any of the outcomes for the relationships, which was somewhere between a pleasant surprise and an huge sigh of resignation.
While I did enjoy Earth Bound for what it was I didn’t find myself pulled into the story or invested in the characters. I wanted more and I got it way too late in the book. I may check out the second one when it releases because I have hopes for it and maybe with the initial setup out of the way it won’t be weighed down by the extra information.