Author: Aprilynne Pike Series: (Earthbound #1) Published: Razorbill Publisher: July...
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Even though I know that this book is composed of every trope that YA genre has been offering to its readers in the recent years, I still find myself reading and even finishing it. I wasn’t supposed to read it now but what I’m currently reading wasn’t all working for me. So I have to extract myself from the brewing boredom emerging from me because of that book and pick up something easy…something predictable. Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike was indeed predictable but at least it was enjoyable enough for me to finish it.
Tavia Michaels had survived a plane crashed that killed many people including her parents. But after the tragedy she experiences mysterious things, like a boy that appeared to her one night. She feels that he knows something about what is happening to her. She thinks that he has connection to the mystery that begun to literally materialize on her. With the help of his friend Benson, they decided to seek out the truth. But it was larger than she anticipated because she was different and she was in danger. And she doesn’t know who to trust because these people have reason to kill her.
I liked the groundwork of the story, the very essence of the plot. It wasn’t all that original; it’s like a melting pot of different ingredients that are already present in other books. That said, the execution was favorable and amidst the predictability I find myself enjoying it. What frustrates me though is how the relevant information surrounding his real identity was revealed. It tried to prolong the information as possible as it could because if it revealed them already it will lose the interest of the readers. I would have like if it was gradual so that I don’t look like this crazy person hungry for information, salivating for answers. Although I must say that it was good method to motivate me to continue reading but not exactly the best way. It could be better.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out that this book is indeed has a love triangle (the cover & the summary). Although I’m few of those like this plot device I can safely say to those who don’t like it that it wasn’t a frustrating romance. Benson was Tavia’s best friend who happened to have romantic feelings for her. With everything that was happening to them I can understand why she slowly broke down and caved in. He was her refuge. But there’s a twist in story that made her doubt him (which I think will give way to boy number two). For Quinn, well they share a bond, I might spoil you with this but her it goes: they are kind of reincarnated lovers. The story between her and Quinn (Logan) didn’t really begin (it haven’t actually really that begun) until the last remaining pages of the book. So with that I’m intrigued to read the sequel.
Preview Quote: “I thought that desperate feeling of obsession was love. And maybe it’s a kind of love. But it isn’t the kind I like.” — Tavia