Series: Earthbound, #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
Books like these make me seem like I have mental issues. The cliché, predictable and cheesy type. They make me my head sore from banging it on the wall so much. They make me talk to the book in great rage. Earthbound was pure fury and despair for me, nothing really worked out at all.
‘I relaxed, stopped struggling, and watched out the window as the ground rushed to swallow me.’
It’s been a while that I have found the idea of a novel unsurprisingly unoriginal. That has come to a stop as the premise of Earthbound just could not click with me. We have Tavia, an extremely sensitive and stereotypical girl, the sole survivor of a plane crash. She has a huge crush on her best friend and is absolutely obsessed with Chapstick. It’s like her drug. Then one day she discovers that strange things are happening to her, soon, she discovers the truth behind the plane crash and what’s with the new mysterious guy. Sounds familiar? Earthbound’s plot and foundation idea is wholly monotonous and calculable. Tavia’s narrative point clearly was not a helpful factor. Rarely, at times she came out as thoughtful, yet it was overpowering and exhausting to read her fretting thoughts.
The romance was a weak point in Aprilynne Pike’s latest novel. Angsty, undeveloped, instant, trite and cheesy would all be some very accurate descriptions of Earthbound. Not to mention that there’s a love triangle. Run away! Benson, is the cute, outgoing and jocular guy. Tavia’s best friend and secret crush. He’s always there for Tavia, and she just can’t resist him. But honestly, why can’t they just stay as friends? Is there some rule that declares that all guy friends have to be crushes in disguise? YA genre, you leave me in great distress.
Now, on the other darker side of the love triangle is Quinn. Utterly mysterious and cryptic, but apparently swoony on the inside. He seems the know what’s going on with Tavia but doesn’t let information out easily. I never really found Tavia and Quinn a likeable couple; the two seemed artificial and it was awfully inconsistent. Moreover, she declared she loved Quinn about only 100 pages in, how do you fall in love with a stranger?
Despite the lovely writing skills showing up in Aprilynne Pike’s work again, I was saddened by the plot, world building romance and characters of this novel. Not only did everything scream cliché and predictable, but also a handful of scenarios were too dramatic and convenient for my tastes. Unfortunately, I cannot recommended this.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for the copy!~
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