Title: Planet Urth
Series: Planet Urth Book 1
Author: Jennifer & Christopher Martucci
Published: September 7, 2013 by Smashwords
Price: $0.99 on Kindle.
Blurb: More than two hundred years into the future, human beings are an endangered species. The planet has been battered by war, its inhabitants plagued by disease and death. Few humans survived and remained unaffected. Most changed dramatically and evolved into something else entirely. Irrevocable alterations caused by chemical warfare have created a new species. North America is in ruins and has been overtaken. Humanity has fallen at the hands of mutants known as Urthmen.
Seventeen year-old Avery is alive and unchanged. But she has not been immune to the harshness of the new world. She has lived on the run for much of her life, in terror.
After losing her father, Avery is the sole guardian of her eight-year-old sister, June. Avery is now charged with June’s safety as well as her own, a nearly impossible task.
Forced to hide deep in the forest and away from the cities overrun by Urthmen, Avery and her sister are constantly hunted. Danger awaits them at every turn. They fear they are the only human beings left, that they are the last of their kind.
But are they truly alone?
Review: This actually had a lot of promise. I think I really would have enjoyed this a hell of a lot more had there been any emotion in the writing and the use of contractions. Because of the authors decision to not use contractions, save for the ones just kind of lightly sprinkled through out, this book was the most robotic thing I’ve ever read.
All of my notes and highlights are pretty much all about the fact that there are no contractions. Which didn’t give me any sense of urgency in the urgent situations, I didn’t feel the emotion when I should have. I need to feel the emotion but it just felt so disconnected.
I liked the story itself, but my problems with the writing just made it fall short of me enjoying it. Everything had the same montoned sound in my head because it was so formal.
Also, the character seemed to not even start in a new chapter without plugging in how important it was to stay alive for her sister. All of that could have been used for more world building or for what the characters looked like.
All-in-all, I enjoyed the story, but the writing needs work.
Thank you for reading my review.