I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pendomus by Carissa Andrews
Series: Pendomus Chronicles
on October 10, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA
Source: Blog Tour
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Humanity has colonized on a tidally locked planet known as Pendomus, a planet of extremes. Half eternal scorching desert and half perpetual arctic night. Surviving along the temperate band between the two, we’ve set up home in a complex known as the Helix. Within the Helix lies a highly sophisticated, highly technological society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose. That purpose is determined and nurtured through a person’s natural aptitudes, as read by their daily brain scans. Eating, sleeping, even procreation is handled by professionals. These basic concepts, no longer a part of society’s every day norm.
Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem longs to be more than part of the Helix machine. Her life inside is anything but fulfilling. She feels disconnected, and longs to be more than society dictates. Inside, no one socializes, no one interacts in a meaningful way. It’s never set right with Runa. She would love nothing more than to reach out to her family, but not even her own mother can show any semblance of love for her. Instead, Runa has found solace in the ancient woods nearby, despite being strictly forbidden.
Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked, and left for dead in those woods near the Helix. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived. Fueled by a yearning to belong, and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa wants desperately to make a new life. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet and the forces controlling her from afar.
What she needs is some answers.
I really enjoyed Pendomus. It’s got a bit of sci-fi and fantasy balled up into one.
Runa is different. She knows this, but she doesn’t know why. She seems to find herself in a bit of trouble at the very beginning and is trying to figure out why these odd these are happening. Fenton is by far my favorite character. He’s hilarious, and not afraid to play matchmaker. Traeton is a sweet and dependable guy. He wants to do the right thing, but is scared to get close to anyone. Kani is mean. But she’s the one who will tell you how it is without all the sugarcoating.
I liked the uniqueness of Pendomus. In the Helix everything is sent to the eLink. There’s no need to talk out loud or anything like that. I found that so odd. When Runa is found she has to learn the most basic of things, things we learn as babies. The pacing is quick. There isn’t always conflict, but seeing Runa and Traeton grow throughout the novel is awesome. They learn to accept certain things, but still need to deal with other stuff. There is also tons of witty banter within the book.
I’m excited to see more from this series. I was left with so many questions at the end, and I hope to see them resolved as the books progress.