This blog tour is hosted by Dave from The Write Reads and I’m really honored to be part of this. Let’s get on with the book right away because I’m excited to share my thoughts.
BY: Kristin Ward
GENRE: Fantasy, Science Fiction. Young Adult
Beneath rock and soil, trees and oceans, she lies.
Under concrete jungles and poisoned rivers, she slumbers.
She is Mother Earth.
And mankind has turned its back on its mother.
The visions begin on Terran’s seventeenth birthday. Horrifying images pummel her brain, while a voice commands her to see beyond the world she thought she knew and into the heart of it. Gaia has awakened, brought to consciousness by the greed of a species that has tainted every aspect of her being in a tide of indifference. With this awareness, comes rage. Gaia calls upon her children to unleash her fury, wreaking vengeance on humanity.
Terran will emerge in a world on the brink of collapse, to face a being whose wrath is beyond imagining.
Impactful and entertaining. Rise of Gaia did a great job at educating the readers without forgetting to entertain.
Right from the prologue, I know I was in for a great read. Not only because of the promising story but by the writing itself. I found the writing style really good that I’m regretting the fact that I haven’t read anything from this author before now. I mean I’ve been a reader since I was 8 years old and that’s 19 years ago. But at least, I now have another author to watch out.
This book really exceeded my expectation. Aside from having a fascinating concept, I think the plot is well-constructed that both the realistic and heavy theme and the fantasy aspect blended perfectly bringing out such a wonderful story. That said, I think even though the plot tackles such important issue regarding nature, it was handled very well and without being too caught up on lecturing. It still managed to be entertaining as fiction books should be but still expressing what its trying to say.
I think it’s important for books like this to be balanced in its goals. There are so many books that we can call as “important” but most of those books make us feel condemned. You know, like its torture to read them, making them boring. This is not the case with this book. Rise of Gaia managed to be EQUALLY educational and entertaining.
I think part of the reason why this book is such a great read is because it has a likeable main character. Terran is likeable in a way that she always acted maturely. Mature in a way that she doesn’t act alone and stupidly. When she doesn’t know what to do or understand what’s going on, she asks for help or advice. I think asking for help when we don’t understand things is the maturest thing we can ever do.
I also love the dynamics of all the characters in this book. Sure, some of them weren’t developed completely but it’s okay, I still enjoyed their significant roles in the story. I adore Terran’s relationship with her parents, that’s really nice. But my favorite would be Terran and Beth’s friendship. Seriously #friendshipgoals. Regarding Silas, I find him really intriguing and glad that he’s part of the story.
Another thing to note is the romance. I like that it didn’t take over the main story. Though, I think it happens a little too fast which is common in YA so I’m not surprised, besides I also like Raife.
RATING: 4 Blissful Pages with Lilies
Overall, this is a fantastic read and I highly recommend this to everyone, really.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kristin Ward has loved writing since middle school but took thirty years to do something serious about it. The result is her Best Indie Book Award-winning novel, After the Green Withered, followed by the sequel, Burden of Truth. She lives in a small town in Connecticut with her husband, three sons, and many furry and feathered friends. A SciFi geek to the core, she is fueled by dark chocolate and coffee and can be heard quoting eighties movies on a regular basis.
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