Earthbound – Aprilynne Pike

16101072Title: Earthbound
Series:
(
Earthbound, #1)
Author:
Aprilynne Pike
Category: Young Adult
Rating: 3

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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.

MY REVIEW

When I first heard of Earthbound, my reaction was something like this: “A girl who can create matter?! SIGN ME UP!” In hopes that it had some of cool pseudo-science that the late show Fringe had left behind, I quickly added this to my TBR list.

The beginning sucked me in with the suspense. Tavia is the only survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents along with countless other passengers. She shouldn’t have survived. Tavia is sent to her aunt and uncle whom she barely knows in order to get away from the media and their obsession with the sole survivor of a horrific plane crash. Tavia’s trying to work through things, both physically and mentally after this tragic accident shifted her entire world. Until she starts seeing things. People that aren’t there. Soon after meeting the mysterious otherworldly Quinn, Tavia begins to develop strange abilities and make things appear and disappear out of thin air.

As Tavia delves into her past and trying to find out her connection to Quinn and her newfound abilities, Tavia learns the deadly truth about what really happened on the plane, and her “aunt and uncles” possible involvement with it.

With the help of her crush, Benson, the two run off to Camden, Maine, where Tavia thinks Quinn may be waiting for her.

What could’ve been a great novel felt short and lacking to me. A majority of this novel is spent with Tavia going back and forth, “Oh Benson, I love him. But ugh, Quinn, I love him too. I love both of them. Hey, Benson, come back here, I love you!” Tavia keeps going back and forth of her feelings for her crush Benson and Quinn who she has these complicated feelings for despite talking to him twice, and even that wasn’t real.

If Pike had spent more time on the plot and actually fleshing it out rather than flesh out a boring love triangle, this book could’ve been amazing and epic. The summary was so interesting, and the concept was fun and original. The execution, however, not so much. Three stars, because the last few pages picked up and interested me, especially after getting rid of some annoying characters for the time being.

 

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