Monday, March 24, 2014

Across the Wire by Stella Telleria [Tour Stop and Giveaways]

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Across the Wire by Stella Telleria
Publication date: November 4th 2013
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

When Mia Mitchell, a hardcore but lonely former Marine, steps into an alley to pull some thugs off an unlucky foreigner, she walks into a fight she expects. What she doesn’t see coming is the foreigner making her a job offer any sane person would refuse. So, she takes it. She thinks she’s headed for some third-world country; instead she’s mysteriously transported to an Earth-like parallel world. That’s a mad left-hook.
Mia discovers a matriarchal dystopia where freedom doesn’t exist and fighting for it means execution. Lethal force bends all to the law; women fear for their families and un-wed men suffer slavery. Mia’s job is to train an underground syndicate of male freedom-fighters for a violent revolution. However, the guys don’t want a pair of X chromosomes showing them the way.

Eben, an escaped slave, is encouraged by Mia to become a leader among the men. But when he turns his quiet determination on her, it spells F.U.B.A.R. for cynical Mia. Their unexpected connection threatens more than her exit strategy; it threatens the power struggle festering with in the syndicate.

Haunted by nightmares and post-traumatic stress, unsure who to trust or how to get home, Mia struggles to stay alive as she realizes all is not what it seems.


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Review

Seriously, sci-fi is the greatest thing ever. Because that's how you get books like this. The idea of parallel universes and space/time travel has always been intriguing to me. The possibilities are absolutely endless and I love how Stella Telleria totally too advantage of that and came up with this crazy insane alternate reality. I guess the scary part is that it could be real. *shudder*

The other part I found interesting was Mia's military background. She's a former Marine. I'm working on (not really) what I affectionately call my "war story" so I paid  attention to this, too. Particularly the way her background was revealed. She's very obviously suffering PTSD, yet she's not completely broken down. And so I admired that, of course. Hated that she was lying to herself, but at least she could take care of herself. It was hard to find her annoying, except when she revealed half of her background and I was thinking, then what?!

Since The Darkest Minds, I've been really careful about synopsis/summaries. So Eben popping up was totally a surprise. Honestly, I was totally confused because for whatever reason I thought he had already been introduced. I was wrong, obviously. But I found that out quickly so that's good. And I loved his perspective. He's quite a character. (Aha. Bad pun.) He's kind of strong in his own way and I loved watching him grow into who he really is. It's really hard not to admire him and try to ship him and Mia. Just saying.

So sci-fi, military background, crazy resistance to female supremacy in a world where females may as well be goddesses for how untouchable (irony) they are. This is a pretty fast-paced book, with quite a bit of action. Sometimes just drama in the camp, other times crazy schemes to free men from labor camps. It was really fun watching this world come together, seeing the parallels and total opposites of what our world is like.

I have to say that I want more. The ending wasn't exactly a cliffhanger, but I totally need to know what happens now. I won't spoil it, because it's a huge spoiler. But I will say that I was crying. So there you go.


Overall, this was amazing. I was hooked by the world building and the characters. I loved how she incorporated sci-fi and questioned our very principles. Not sure if that was intentional, but it was certainly thought-provoking and I do love that.


Rating: 4 stars


Recommendation: for those who love sci-fi and liberal/conservative debates (not as boring as that sounds, trust me)


AUTHOR BIO:

All my life I’ve dreamed of stories or have had my nose buried in one. I live in Edmonton, Canada with my husband and my weird sense of humor. Across the Wire is my first novel.

I love old war movies, dystopian fiction, and any story with action, a good plot, and characters I'd get into a fight at the pub for. Not that I'm a brawler or anything. Unless you think that out-of-print book or vintage piece at the thrift shop is going home with you instead of me. Then, my friend, the gloves are off.

Some say if you have your nose buried in a book, you're missing out on life. I say my nose is buried in a book because one life is not enough.

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Giveaways

Individual:
one ebook copy of Across the Wire. Open internationally.


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Tour wide giveaway:
Open to US, to Canada, the UK, and to Australia
Signed copy + swag


-Wolfie

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