4 July 2014

Earth by Jessica Frances Tour & Review




New Adult Sci-Fi Romance
Date Published: June 19, 2014




   
Earth is being invaded. There was no warning and no time to stage any kind of defence. Instead countries started to go silent. They were no longer reachable and no one knew what was happening.
So when Canada went dark; everyone knew America would be next.

Mattie:
My name is Matilda, but everyone calls me Mattie. I was at college in Oregon when the attack began. By the time Canada went quiet, we’d had enough. So two of my friends and I decided to join the fight in Vancouver and find out what was really happening.
That is when everything changed. What we found was death, destruction and machines that were slaughtering humans. There would be no escape for us; no place to go where the machines couldn't reach us.
I had no future, but then I met him.

Marduke:
My name is Marduke and I’m part of the reason Earth is being invaded. I’m from a different planet and even though I look human, I’m not. But when Earth was invaded, I began running from my family and running for my life.
Then she saved me.
She made me feel something I’d never felt before. She saved my life and opened my heart to the possibility of love, she changed me forever.

What are the chances of finding your true love right when the world is ending? What kind of cruel fate places them together under those circumstances?
What is she supposed to do when he tells her he is not from Earth? When she finds out that he is one of the invaders?
What does she do when she finds out everything she thought she knew was wrong?
What does he do when he has to make a choice between protecting her and saving himself?
How can they overcome everything standing in their way?



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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!



What I say (review): As far as dystopias go, I like mine with a side serving of aliens. So you can imagine how excited I was by the premise of Jessica Frances's Earth. Not only do aliens exist but they are on Earth, ready to take over (in a War of the Worlds and The 5th Wave kinda way). 

We discover from Marduke these aliens are cold, unfeeling and have very low opinions of humans. It's not until he arrives on Earth and sees Mattie (Matilda) that he realises there is a lot more to humans than fighting and crime. The aliens sort of reminded me of the gods in the new Thor movies or the Superman aliens with their Krypton-esque society. 


Australian born Mattie, is in America studying when they aliens arrive and has to fight to survive from the alien invasion. She meets Marduke who helps her and her friends go on the run. Unlike most alien YA stories, the reader is always aware Marduke is an alien, but Mattie is not. I enjoyed getting Marduke's POV and seeing him discover about life on Earth and how to be a human. He's very robot like in his mannerisms.

Marduke sometimes comes across as a little strange and his dialogue was a little stunted at times, but then again he is an alien. His language did lack a certain flow at times and as much as I liked Mattie I did find her a little immature. This didn't really lessen my enjoyment of the story, which I found to be a stellar starting point for Frances's new series. I would have liked a more developed ending because it seemed rather abrupt, but Earth is the first instalment so I can understand why Frances would want readers asking for more. Plus when it comes to aliens and good stories, I'm just greedy - you know you've enjoyed a story when you don't want it to end.

3.5 - 4 Spacey Stars in my Sky!



Excerpt:


The truck moves again and this time we do topple over. Neither of us have put seatbelts on, so we both crash to the ceiling, my head taking most of the impact as my legs fall into the steering wheel.
I scream in shock, and as my mind catches up, I realise there is no way Hank and Lisa would be okay after being crushed into the road.
“Hank!” I scream out again, panicking as the truck is hit once more and we slide along the road. “Lisa!” I screech when we finally stop and hands grab hold of me, dragging me through the windshield which broke long ago.
It’s Hank, and as he drags me free, he quickly moves back to take hold of Marduke. Blood pours down from my forehead, but I don’t bother checking myself any further. My eyes first find the machine as it leers over us then I see Lisa off to the side, hiding by some bushes.
“We need to get out of here, now!” Hank has Marduke up and on his feet. The truck shakes as the machine shoots at it, and I’m half expecting a fireball to burst out at us.
“Take this!” I thrust the grenade into Hank’s hand and then wrap Marduke’s arm over my shoulder.
Hank begins shooting with the handgun, heading around the truck and jogging in the opposite direction to Lisa.
I stumble her way with Marduke, hoping Hank can keep the attention on him while we get away.
Marduke grunts in pain as he has to put heavy pressure on his knee, and I cry in shock when I feel his body jolt forward from the impact of a bullet hitting his back. He pushes me off him and I lose my balance, falling to the ground.
“Run!” he yells at me. But before I can even consider moving at all, an explosion erupts and everything goes black.


Author Spotlight:

Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. After having the Taken Trilogy taking up space in her head for years, she was relieved to have a break and her mind clear. But apparently the free rent was spoken to Mattie and her friends, because now she is hearing new voices and a whole new story. The Invasion Trilogy was then born.






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