Thanks so much to Dave @TheWriteReads and Kristin @YA_Author for the opportunity to participate in this Blog Tour for Rise of Gaia!
I got an e-copy of the book for this tour.
That hasn‘t affected my opinion in any way, shape or form.
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.
Don’t you just love this feeling when a book surprises you? I mean, I expected to like Rise of Gaia. I really enjoyed Kristin Ward’s previous book After The Green Withered so I was confident it wouldn’t be any different with this one. But I expected it to be a more difficult and heavy read which wouldn’t have been the right thing for me right now. That’s the reason I was a little hesitant of picking it up. (I could feel a reading slump coming … I think Rise of Gaia cured that!)
Rise of Gaia is actually a really engaging read and I kept reading another chapter and another chapter and another one without really realising I finished half the book!
It is written in first person (from Terran’s perspective) which makes the strange and horrifying visions Terran gets all the more impactful. The descriptions were detailed and you could imagine how awful Terran must have felt experiencing them with all her senses.
The character development Terran goes through was very well crafted. Very believable. The denial, the wish that‘s it‘s not what she secretly already knows is true and finally acceptance.
The thing I loved most though is definitely the friendship and support between Terran and Beth! You can really feel their bond, that they grew up together and care immensely for each other. It‘s so heartwarming to see such close friendships in book and I also really love how they immediately turn and ask Beth‘s mother Celeste for help! Really refreshing and feels so good to read. Celeste is a darling! I loved her from the very first second she appeared. The discussion the three of them have are just funny and feel so realistic! In fact, all the characters reactions are on point!
Oh and I loved Gaia! The connection Terran had and the way it worked … loved it! I don‘t want to give anything away, so I‘m gonna stop right here, just: I love Gaia.
Kristin‘s lovely writing makes this such a captivating book and if my life didn‘t rudely interrupt my reading time I‘m sure I could‘ve finished it in one sitting. The pages fly by.
The theme of Rise of Gaia is very relevant in today‘s world and I really appreciate that there are books about this! Especially ones as great as Kristin‘s! Even more so because, while it‘s about climate change and the devasting way we treat our planet, it‘s not preachy. It‘s just here to show us what is happening through a fictional lense.
I can really recommend picking this up if you want a fast and engaging read about current topics with strong themes of friendship.
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.