Monday, June 30, 2014

Earth by Jessica Frances

Title:  Earth
Series:  Invision Trilogy #1
Author:  Jessica Frances
Published:  June 19/14
Format:  ARC ecopy
Genre:  NA SciFi Romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★


Earth is being invaded. There was no warning and no time to stage any kind of defence. Instead countries started to go silent. They were no longer reachable and no one knew what was happening.

So when Canada went dark; everyone knew America would be next.


My name is Matilda, but everyone calls me Mattie. I was at college in Oregon when the attack began. By the time Canada went quiet, we’d had enough. So two of my friends and I decided to join the fight in Vancouver and find out what was really happening.

That is when everything changed. What we found was death, destruction and machines that were slaughtering humans. There would be no escape for us; no place to go where the machines couldn't reach us.

I had no future, but then I met him.


My name is Marduke and I’m part of the reason Earth is being invaded. I’m from a different planet and even though I look human, I’m not. But when Earth was invaded, I began running from my family and running for my life.

Then she saved me.

She made me feel something I’d never felt before. She saved my life and opened my heart to the possibility of love, she changed me forever.

What are the chances of finding your true love right when the world is ending? What kind of cruel fate places them together under those circumstances?

What is she supposed to do when he tells her he is not from Earth? When she finds out that he is one of the invaders?

What does she do when she finds out everything she thought she knew was wrong?

What does he do when he has to make a choice between protecting her and saving himself?

How can they overcome everything standing in their way?


The truck moves again and this time we do topple over. Neither of us have put seatbelts on, so we both crash to the ceiling, my head taking most of the impact as my legs fall into the steering wheel.

I scream in shock, and as my mind catches up, I realise there is no way Hank and Lisa would be okay after being crushed into the road.

“Hank!” I scream out again, panicking as the truck is hit once more and we slide along the road. “Lisa!” I screech when we finally stop and hands grab hold of me, dragging me through the windshield which broke long ago.

It’s Hank, and as he drags me free, he quickly moves back to take hold of Marduke. Blood pours down from my forehead, but I don’t bother checking myself any further. My eyes first find the machine as it leers over us then I see Lisa off to the side, hiding by some bushes.

“We need to get out of here, now!” Hank has Marduke up and on his feet. The truck shakes as the machine shoots at it, and I’m half expecting a fireball to burst out at us.

“Take this!” I thrust the grenade into Hank’s hand and then wrap Marduke’s arm over my shoulder.

Hank begins shooting with the handgun, heading around the truck and jogging in the opposite direction to Lisa.

I stumble her way with Marduke, hoping Hank can keep the attention on him while we get away.

Marduke grunts in pain as he has to put heavy pressure on his knee, and I cry in shock when I feel his body jolt forward from the impact of a bullet hitting his back. He pushes me off him and I lose my balance, falling to the ground.

“Run!” he yells at me. But before I can even consider moving at all, an explosion erupts and everything goes black.
My Review:

This is a quick, enjoyable read that takes the dystopian genre in a refreshing direction. Her descriptions of earth from the views of an outsider were extremely accurate, yet made me giggle. Seeing yourself from the POV of an outsider isn’t always flattering. Frances writes this tale with a haunting voice that will leave you with chills. You can’t escape the impending sense of doom.

Watching these characters come to know one another allows you to get to know them in an intimate yet guarded manner. Also, by telling the story from both characters’ perspectives you get a well-rounded view of themselves and of the situations they find themselves in. Frances also adds an element of realism to these characters by allowing you into their innermost thoughts, as scatterbrained as they may be sometimes it makes them much more approachable. That said, I did find the male lead to be a bit whiny at times, especially for being a warrior prince. Not that he ever voiced this, it was his inner monologue that tipped you off to it, just enough to make you question his character.

Frances definitely things outside the box with this one. She has created an enjoyable read that makes you think.

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About the author:

Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. After having the Taken Trilogy taking up space in her head for years, she was relieved to have a break and her mind clear. But apparently the free rent was spoken to Mattie and her friends, because now she is hearing new voices and a whole new story. The Invasion Trilogy was then born.

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