Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy Publication.Date October 10th 2013 Pages: 286 Published By: Self Author Carissa Andrews Pendomus on Goodreads My review copy: Received from the author via Book Nerd Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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Humanity has colonized on the tidally locked planet Pendomus.
Residing between extreme heat and frigid cold is the complex known as the Helix. Within lies a highly sophisticated society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose as determined by their natural aptitudes and daily brain scans.
Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem has found her calling studying the ancient trees nearby and anxiously awaits a professional placement which will allow her to continue her work.
Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked and left for dead in those woods. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived without the Helix. Fueled by a yearning to understand and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa tries to make a new life for herself. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet, and the forces controlling her from afar.
What she needs are some answers.
I can stare outside for hours, trying to imagine what life was like before humans terraformed Pendomus. Most of the time, I ponder the life outside. Why the trees no longer grow leaves like the ones on Earth did.
She creates the food that nourishes our bodies and keeps us healthy. I suppose that would be really impressive to most, but all I really ever wanted from her was love and attention. Neither of which have been in supply, despite their demand.
At a very young age, we're taught that emotions - particularly for other people - don't lead to rational thinking. Close relationships are discouraged even inside our own family hierarchies. Yet, if you are passionate about your work, that's considered ideal. The whole thing has always seemed backwards to me. Isn't passion for your profession still an emotion?
I had so much fun with this book! Carissa Andrews created a fascinating, gorgeously imagined world full of interesting new technology, cool gadgets and secrets. The Sci Fi parts can be quite overwhelming at times, but once you get used to the lingo and all the unfamiliar names of places and things, you'll definitely appreciate Andrews creativeness. The world development is top-notch and I couldn't help but be impressed with how thorough and detailed Andrew's vision was. She re-imagined almost everything, from the way people communicate, eat and sleep to the way they look and interact with each other. I had so much fun learning all the ins and outs of this bizarre yet completely mesmerizing world of Helix! I particularly loved the idea of the regenerative sleep therapy (let's call it a "power nap", shall we?). I mean, how cool would it be to have a machine that could completely recharge your brain in 5 to 30 minutes?! No more sleeping for hours! So much more time for reading!
At the same time, while life inside the Helix was definitely intriguing, I loved reading about the outside world and the people who lived in it! Andrews descriptions of both worlds were very detailed, at times even mind-blowing. I loved the contrast between these two worlds and the mystery behind the planet. Andrews did a fantastic job creating an entire new mythology, complete with eye-popping fauna and flora.
The characters in Pendomus were really well developed, too. Some were badass and mysterious while others were quirky and downright hilarious. I had so much fun getting to know them all! I liked the lead female protagonist, Runa, and thought she was quite a kick-ass chick. At times I felt sorry for her, especially when seeing how cold her mom was towards her and how much that hurt her. She was so different from everyone around her, so much more emotional and sensitive. She was also very thoughtful and clever, and she wanted more from life than the cold-hearted Helix society could offer. I loved that she was not afraid to search for answers and that she was willing to sacrifice her comfortable life to find them.
I really liked Traeton, too! I think I enjoyed reading the chapters written in his POV a tiny bit more than the ones in Runa's. He was such a fun and colorful character, and I loved seeing the world through his eyes. Not to mention his rebellious blue-hair look and hilarious inner-thoughts and monologues.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I didn't necessarily feel very emotionally affected by this story, but it was definitely a quick and entertaining read. Pendomus has quite a complex, well thought-out plot line. It's a very fast-paced read that could easily be finished in one afternoon. In fact, once you start reading, it's really hard to put it down, as there are twists and turns at every corner and you just have to keep going to find out what will happen next. It's quite a breathless read for sure! I'm looking forward to the second book!
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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.
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