Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Grounded by G.P. Ching

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author G. P. Ching and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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, bakes 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 home to visit him. 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 by G.P. Ching

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Grounded(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author G. P. Ching and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Lydia is Amish, and intends to get married and have kids without ever seeing the English way of life, until her father suffers a stroke and is taken to an English hospital for treatment.

Talked into partaking in rumspringa in order to leave her community and visit her father in hospital, Lydia and her best friend Jeremiah leave their sheltered way of life, and venture into the city.

Once in the electrical world things start going wrong for Lydia, and she soon finds herself arrested for being a ‘scamper’ – someone who steals electricity. It seems that Lydia is instead an energy source herself though, and she is able to create electricity and use it as she wills.
Why can Lydia produce electricity? What do the government want with her? And will she ever see home again?

This was an entertaining YA sci-fi/romance, and I liked the action.

Lydia was a girl who had been raised Amish and had no problems with her life. She wasn’t interested in being anyone other than who she felt she was, and would have never have even taken part in rumspringa had her father not fallen ill.

I liked the storyline in this book, although it did seem like a bit of an odd idea to turn human beings into batteries. While it would be very useful to be your own source of electricity, I can’t even begin to image what havoc that amount of excess electrical energy would do to the body on a cellular basis, and can only hope that this idea is indeed only ever found in fiction.

There was some romance in this one which I liked, although I could see why Lydia was a little confused when she found herself in a bit of a love triangle! Especially considering her Amish background. Thankfully this love triangle was of the ‘unrequited friend that likes her’ sort of variety, so wasn’t really all that bad at all.
There was also quite a bit of action in this one, and I liked that something was constantly happening. I liked the threat and the chase, and the special effects and explosions were also pretty good.

I liked the ending to this one, although I really think that the author could maybe develop this story into a series. I thought that the ideas were quite unique, and the story flowed really well, and I would certainly be interested in reading a sequel.
Overall; a good YA sci-fi romance.
7 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Now this one sounds good. Happy it worked for you.