I received this book for free from 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 #1
on October 10th, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA
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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 love reading books of which I have heard nothing. It adds an element of surprise that can’t be beaten. No reviews to sway my opinion, no friends telling me to (or not to) read. It’s a clean slate. I’ve been on a bit of a sci-fi kick lately, so the synopsis called to me and I was excited to dig in. Alien planet, advanced technology, malfunctioning society. YES PLEASE!
With the first chapter, I was all Ooh! The second chapter I was all Huh? I keep feeling like I was missing something. Was this the second book in the series and I didn’t know it? I did catch on though, and MAN! It’s such a fun read! With the lack of facts at the beginning, I kind of hit the ground running, but once I got my feet under myself and had some of the fundamentals figured out, I really enjoyed the ride! It’s not a long story, and was non-stop excitement and intrigue.
The characters are solid and interesting with their own individual quirks. In some cases, though, I felt as though the quirks were almost too obvious, as though the author were trying to make their voices distinct from each other. Granted, it certainly makes the conversations more clear, as I can more easily tell who’s talking.
Pendomus is classified as being YA, and I love how Andrews manages to keep it within that category, while still allowing her characters to speak freely. She uses the word “phug”, instead of its more vulgar (and frowned upon) alternative. The intent is still crystal clear, while it keeps parents perfectly happy. Well played!
The book’s downfall, in my opinion, is that I am probably going to have to wait a long time for the sequel. I am worried that in the meantime, I will forget about Pendomus and my excitement over the series. If I had had the sequel in my hands, I would have jumped into it right away. My hope is that someone will remind me about the sequel. Can I sign up for an alarm that goes off when the next book is published?
At 31, a magical world on a planet far away, invaded her mind.
At 34, she’s learned what she needs to make her work successful.
Pendomus (Book 1 of the Pendomus Chronicles) will be released OCTOBER 10, 2013.