Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Blog Tour: Terra by Gretchen Powell

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A broken and desolate Earth.  A young girl struggling to survive.  A lost boy with a powerful secret. 

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth's population, humanity is split into two: the rich and powerful live in the skycities that float overhead. while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet.  Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodan is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav.  Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit.  One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genisis X-16.  When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer.  Her search for the truth lead her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any other she has ever met.  But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel.  Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

The first book in debut author Gretchen Powell's anticipated Terrestrials series, Terra catapults you through a story filled with blood-pumping action, intrigue, and surprising twists that will both wrench and warm your heart.  As the hidden truths of this world unfolds, new dangers that loom on the horizon are sure to leave you waiting breathlessly for the sequel.

The crunch of multiple footsteps sounds in my ears, and I know the unseen speaker is not alone. With achingly slow speed, I bend my knees to pick up my bag and pivot in the direction of the voice. 

Three huge men stand about a yard in front of me, lined up in a row. All three of them sport shaved heads, making them almost indistinguishable from one another, save for their differing skin tones. Their long brown coats hang open, revealing bare chests covered with tattoos that creep from below their waistlines all the way up to their chins.


The man in the middle has a chain of thick golden links hanging around his throat. As I watch it bounce against his dark chest, I realize I’ve never actually seen raiders up close before. All that time spent thinking about Lee’s final moments, what his murderers had looked like. Turns out I had it pictured all wrong.

How did I not hear them coming? I always hear them coming. 

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