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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

xpresso book tours presents: PENDOMUS by Carissa Andrews - review and giveaway

Pendomus by Carissa Andrews
(Pendomus Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: October 10th, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult


Humanity has colonized on a tidally locked planet known as Pendomus, a planet of extremes. Half eternal scorching desert and half perpetual arctic night. Surviving along the temperate band between the two, we’ve set up home in a complex known as the Helix. Within the Helix lies a highly sophisticated, highly technological society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose. That purpose is determined and nurtured through a person’s natural aptitudes, as read by their daily brain scans. Eating, sleeping, even procreation is handled by professionals. These basic concepts, no longer a part of society’s every day norm.

Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem longs to be more than part of the Helix machine. Her life inside is anything but fulfilling. She feels disconnected, and longs to be more than society dictates. Inside, no one socializes, no one interacts in a meaningful way. It’s never set right with Runa. She would love nothing more than to reach out to her family, but not even her own mother can show any semblance of love for her. Instead, Runa has found solace in the ancient woods nearby, despite being strictly forbidden.

Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked, and left for dead in those woods near the Helix. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived. Fueled by a yearning to belong, and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa wants desperately to make a new life. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet and the forces controlling her from afar.

What she needs is some answers.

(Direct buy link is not yet available but will be found here come release day:)

A_TiffyFit's Review: Thank you to the author and Xpresso Book tours for my read-to-review copy. The following review is my honest opinion and I have not been compensated in any way for it!

A highly imaginative young adult science fiction tale, PENDOMUS grasped my attention immediately with is descriptive settings and interesting technology such as the e-link. While that is totally unappealing to me in many ways, except perhaps for the vast amount of reading and knowledge I could have in an instant, the sleep chamber thing is a total dream come true for those of us who need more hours in the day to read!

Runa hasn't fit in with her Helix counterparts since she was born. Maybe it's the fact that she has light eyes and white hair whereas everyone else has brown hair and brown eyes, the darker melanin helping to cope with the environment. She loves being outside of the Helix, practicing her words instead of relying on the e-link. I disliked her brother Baxten and her distant mother. I disliked her brother because he told her that the reason the mother is distant is simply because Runa was born, reminiscing about the mother she USED to be before Runa. That's a crappy thing to say to your younger sister; she didn't ask to be born! Jerk.

Excited about her Professional Day and fully expecting a professional assignment to take her outdoors, she is shocked instead to receive a token telling her she is to something completely anathema to her personality. No one can change what you've been assigned in this ordered society; so Runa runs outside of the Helix.

Once outside, Runa is attacked by the Morph and found by Trae, a human living outside of the Helix. She had no idea there were so many humans on the outside or how they survived. And she is in a rude awakening about her RationCaps and all the things that they suppress and brainwash. It is quite an adventure story with a huge dose of destiny; Runa's fate has been written and now she needs to get it in action.

I am looking forward to reading more and see what becomes of Runa and Pendomus!
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Born and raised in central MN, Carissa Andrews has always loved books. She started her career at 15 in a bookstore, just to be able to afford her book fetish. By 19, she worked for a magazine publisher. At 22, she was working for printers to learn their trade. At 27, she went back to school for graphic design, and became an award winning designer. Little did she know all of her experiences would lead her to becoming a self-publishing power house.

At 31, a magical world on a planet far away, invaded her mind.

At 34, she’s learned what she needs to make her work successful.

Pendomus (Book 1 of the Pendomus Chronicles) will be released OCTOBER 10, 2013.

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