Earth is being invaded. There was no warning and no time to stage any kind of defense. 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?
Review by Sarah
“Earth” by Jessica Frances – 3 stars
“Earth” is about Mattie and Marduke, who fall in love during an alien invasion of Earth. The heroine, Mattie, is a college-aged girl from Australia living in Oregon at the time of the invasion. Marduke is an extraterrestrial who came to Earth on a reconnaissance mission with his brother at their father’s behest ahead of the invasion their father is planning. Marduke and his brother end up having a falling out over whether or not the humans should be wiped out, and Marduke ends up on the lam with Mattie and a couple of her friends.
The premise of this story is great, and the summary intriguing, but I ended up having a hard time believing anyone in the book was really that concerned about the entire world as they knew it ending. Some of the secondary characters were great. Hank, Lisa and Logan were all entertaining, with Hank being the definite alpha male type who was very much needed in this book. The dialogue between the alien Marduke and others was at times entertaining, since he didn’t fully grasp slang or how things were done on Earth. I particularly liked his reaction to drinking alcohol the first time! And as a reader of epic fantasy, too, I loved the addition of strange creatures, machines, the tattoos explanation and the argu vest the hero wore for protection.
In general, though, I found the two main characters hard to connect with. Marduke was supposed to be from a warrior family known for its “ruthlessness,” honor and cunning. Oh and super sexy, of course. Marduke was called too “passive” by the heroine and a “coward” by his brother. I had a hard time disagreeing with them and found him unimpressive as a hero. He basically fell in love with the first human girl he saw in person and spent the book fawning over her while not really contributing much else to the heroine’s life or struggles. In fact, she almost got killed multiple times because of him.
Mattie was a much stronger character – tougher and sharper with a good head on her shoulders. I liked her a lot more than Marduke and really kind of thought she could’ve done better in terms of the guy she ended up falling for. Their romance was lukewarm at best. They talked about how attractive the other person was, but I didn’t really feel a real connection between them. Even the sex scene seemed to support the idea Marduke was in puppy-love with her – but she wasn’t really feeling it for him. The relationship between Hank and Lisa was much more convincing and charming.
There was also a lot of telling not showing in this book, which watered down the danger, action scenes and the reactions of the two main characters. Instead of being worried about the characters, I ended up flipping through pages of exposition-in-place-of-action to get to dialogue. To me, this book didn’t start getting interesting until the last chapter. No spoilers, but I really liked how it ended and the prospects of maybe a more lively story in the second book.
I love reading and writing. I’m sure there is more to my life, but who cares, right? I love reading and writing paranormal and sci-fi, however I will read almost anything if it is written well. My kindle is FULL of books and I continue to add to them daily. I am a book hoarder and will never change. I love entering new worlds and finding new perspectives to view life through.
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