Monday, September 9, 2013

Book Review: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Author:  Aprilynne Pike
Publisher:  Razorbill, 338 pages
Publication Date:  July 30, 2013

From Goodreads:
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.

I was a bit underwhelmed by this book.  It started out so promising, with Tavia being the sole survivor of an airplane crash and having issues with her memory and having an instant attraction to a mysterious guy.  She's on the run, trying to figure things out.  But I just never connected with any of the characters, especially the two love interests.  There's a reason for not connecting to one of them, but still.  And what happens with the other love interest was a bit predictable (I won't say anything more because I don't want to spoil it).  There are some twists and turns and I like the fact that you don't know who Tavia can trust.  The mystery aspect is pretty decent (how did Tavia survive this plane crash?) but when I found out why, it was sort of like...meh.  In the end, the book feels more like a big set-up for the rest of the series.  I did like where the characters were at the end of the book, so I may pick up the next one.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I'm sorry that you didn't connect with the characters. If you're anything like me, that connection can make or break a book.

    1. Yeah, if I don't get emotionally invested in the characters, it really affects how much I like the book. ~Pam