Series: Earthbound #1
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published by Razorbill on July 30, 2013
Cover Artist: Piotr Stryjewski
Reviewed by: Abigail
Love, fate, and power collide in this new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike!
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 will soon discover that she’s an Earthbound—someone with the ability to create matter out of nothing—and that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. Tavia will ultimately have to make a choice: to come into her powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata or to choose free will and a love of her own.
There is a wonderful sense of mystery and intrigue throughout EARTHBOUND that perfectly compliments the utterly unique mythology that Aprilynne Pike has created. It is a complex story with a robust supernatural world that is as elusive to readers as it is Tavia for most of the book, but even though my head was spinning with questions while reading, all the answers were provided by the end.
As far as protagonists go, it isn't often that we get one who is recovering from traumatic brain damage along with severe physical injuries. It added such an interesting layer to Tavia and provided real credibility to her fears that she may be loosing her mind when she first begins seeing things. I also really appreciated that Tavia's injuries and limitations were dealt with in such a realistic way, even when she learned more about her supernatural abilities, she wasn't able to 'fix' herself. It's who she is.
The romance was the one element that was a little underwhelming for me. I thought Tavia's crush on the cute librarian who was helping her catch up on on the school she missed was initially really sweet, but once they started looking into Tavia's abilities, the romance stumbled. Feelings and huge declarations came fast and free and there were a lot of make-out scenes at really inopportune moments.
Overall, EARTHBOUND is delightfully surprising from beginning to end and packed with inventive mythology and tons of action laced danger. The setup up for the next book in the Earthbound series actually has me more excited for that story than I even was for this one. I'm looking for more twisty-turny fun and the promise of a romance that has epic potential.
- Wings series by Aprilynne Pike