The Rise of Gaia opens on the seventeenth birthday of Terran the main character. It’s supposed to be a fun and exciting day; instead, it becomes weird and scary. The Rise of Gaia is a book that asks what if. When Gaia, the spirit of the earth, awakens full of rage against humanity for all their crimes against the planet, Terran must choose a path. So the question is, what if the earth decided to wage war on humanity.
The premise of this story is a good one and I know many of the reviewers on this Blog tour loved it, but the book wasn’t my speed. I couldn’t connect with the author’s voice. I often felt that she missed the mark in regards to the personalities and relationships between her characters.
Some of the relationships between the characters lacked a real connection, seemed hastily written and tenuous at best. I understand every author’s writing style is different, but to accomplish a well-written book is to truly capture the true essence of the character’s personalities and relationships within the story.
I felt the author tried too hard to be descriptive and original; often, the character’s usage of language was inconsistent with that of their age and circumstance, and the writing lacked a consistent style of form and flow in regards to the dialogue.
When it comes to fiction, how much I enjoy a book is based majorly on the story’s ability to activate my willing suspension of disbelief. For me, The Rise of Gaia did not accomplish that.