Earth Bound by Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (338 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Peppermint
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.
This is one of the best Young Adult stories I have read in a while, so much so that I wasn’t ready for it to end.
Tavia is anything but your average eighteen year old. She had to suffer the tragedy of her parents dying and getting complete uprooted from her life, as well as fight for her life. This is just in the first chapter. Tavia is someone that I sympathized with immediately because she has had to deal with more in her life than most people ever do. These experiences have made her a recluse both physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
While Tavia keeps people at a distance it does not mean she goes unaffected and Benson certainly has an effect on her. I immediately recognized the connection they had. Benson and Elizabeth, her psychologist seem to provide a semblance of a normal life for Tavia. That is until her world is turned upside down and she doesn’t know who to trust, the mysterious yet hot guy that keeps showing up or the people who have helped bring her back from the brink of death.
Once I started to read this story I was immediately addicted. The author just had a way of making me feel like I was part of the story. The words seem to come off the pages and act out scenes right in my home. I was so intrigued and encased in the story I found myself up at the wee hours of the night telling myself just one more page. On top of that the end was such a cliff hanger that I cannot wait to read the next installment, because there is no question in my mind that Tavia’s story has only just begun.