I am beyond excited about this book. Here is a bit about the book and my thoughts on it. Oh and you could win $100 at Amazon, B&N, or Apple…. whoot!!!
“All my life I’ve worked to be simple, but I can’t pretend anymore. Nothing about me is simple.”
In the year 2050, a secret government study nicknamed Operation Source Code injects eight volunteers with a retrovirus. The goal? To abate the energy crisis by reprogramming human DNA to power personal electronic devices. The experiment works but with disastrous consequences. Seventeen years later, Lydia Troyer is far from concerned with the energy crisis. Growing up in the isolated community of Hemlock Hollow, life hasn’t changed much since 1698 when her Amish ancestors came to America. She milks her cow by hand, makes fresh bread every morning, and hopes to be courted by Jeremiah, the boy who’s been her best friend since she could walk. But when Lydia’s father has a stroke and is taken to the outside world for medical treatment, Lydia and Jeremiah leave Hemlock Hollow. An ordinary light switch thrusts Lydia into a new world where energy is a coveted commodity and her own personal history makes her the most sought-after weapon on the planet.
Grounded is an unputdownable multi-layered Dystopian read. Filled with adventure, mystery and a bait of romance, this book drew me in from the first page. I loved this book and have already have list of people who I know will NEED to read it.
Here are some of the things I love about this book:
*The premise for this story is very unique. Not only does this book have the nonscientific elements and Dystopian elements, but it also has the tie to our world through Lydia’s Amish community.
*I was sucked into the book from the first page of the prologue and the book did not let me go until the very last page. My husband would argue that it did not even let me go then because I keep telling him about the book.
*The whole back story of how this world came to be is, while I hope not probable, very believable. I can see society making those decision. I will not get all spoilery and give those decisions away, but they are not out of the realm of possibility given the right circumstances.
*The characters were so well written that I felt like I knew them. Lydia stayed true to who she was and her personality even when she had to make decisions that were not at all what an Amish would have ever imagine anyone would have to make. Korwin grew up in a much less loving, supportive, and peaceful fashion, yet has this innate goodness that just makes you immediately signing up to be his number one cheerleader.
*Unlike most Dystopian books, the heroine from this book is not really an “insider” or someone from within the society who realizes that things are not how they could be. Instead, because of her Amish home, she is the outsider and that made this story really different. I love how it did not take the standard path.
*I have read that this is planned to be a trilogy and I will for certain sure be reading them all, but it did not feel like one. What I mean by that is that it felt like a complete story in and of itself. If it ended with this book, I would feel quite content. There are some loose ends, but it felt done. This was quite a relief since the other books are not out yet.
*While this book is YA in nature, it is “deep” enough that it had completely enthralled at almost *cough40cough*. I would feel comfortable recommending this book to a mature 14 plus audience. Some of the topics in this book were intense, as is the case with Dystopia. There was some violence (nothing was graphic). There were no sexual situations (kissing and sexual tension…yes).
I simply loved this novel and highly recommend it to anyone who loves dystopia, science fiction, Amish novels, or simply loves great YA. I would not, however, recommend starting this book if you only have 15 minutes before you need to go somewhere because it will make you late. It takes a special kind of will power to put this book down.
About Author G.P. Ching
G.P Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series, The Grounded Trilogy, and a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and one very demanding guinea pig.
“I am seriously impressed with how the author took the simplistic Amish life and combined it with a futuristic, almost dystopian story line as seamlessly as she did. I highly recommend it.” Crafty Cauldron
“I am also a sucker for Amish stories, and love the idea of the new paranormal/supernatural/dystopian twists using them. This book is electric. You are pulled into Lydia’s story and keep on reading, trying to find out what happens next.I tried to figure out what I would do if I were in her situation. I am impressed by the strength she is able to find within herself.” Andi’s Young Adult blog
“I never know what to think when I start reading a book by a new author. But this one was electrifying!!! his book had me on the edge of my seat all the way to the last page. “ Taking Time for Mommy
“It begins with the perfect bang, and lights up your mind in ways you may not have thought. As much as it is dystopian it is speculative, and I am all for challenging the minds of the human race.” Literary Sweet
“The characters were so well written that I felt like I knew them. Lydia stayed true to who she was and her personality even when she had to make decisions that were not at all what an Amish would have ever imagine anyone would have to make.” Delphina Reads too Much