Bleeding Earth - YA Review by Ali B

Reader: Ali B.
Age: 14
Title: Bleeding Earth
Author: Kaitlyn Ward
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Pub Date: 02/09/16
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The plot was weak because nothing of distinct importance takes place between the first chapter and the middle of the book. What was strong was character development. The character gets developed in a cool way. Towards the end we don't know if the main character is insane or not so comparing that version of her to the sane version let the readers see a lot more of her behavior and thinking.
Memorable or Forgettable: Bleeding Earth was memorable because it was original. I've read nothing like it before but I guess that's the point. The second reason it was memorable is simply because the main character is lesbian and dates a girl - it will be good at challenging a lot of people. What was forgettable was most of the plot. Nothing interesting jumps out at you for almost the whole first half of the novel. I could count the number of major settings on one hand. People with little patience will find Bleeding Earth annoying.
Cover: The contents and the cover go hand in hand but the cover also leaves some things secret. I picked this book up because it did look interesting.
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 3Q - Readable
Popularity: 3P - Some teen appeal
Annotation: When the planet starts to bleed, when bones float, and hair covers the earth, everything you knew no longer applies. In this apocalyptic world main character Lea tries to makes sense of everything and most importantly tries to survive as ordinarily as possible. All she knows is that the world is in chaos. Water is becoming hard to come by, people seem to have forgotten their manners and nothing about this is normal. Lea doesnt want to believe any of it is happening ecspecially when people start getting sick. Her only escape is her best friend Hillary and her girlfriend Aracely who she can't be with in public. Day by day the blood rises and Lea will do anything she can to survive hopefully with her girlfriend by her side.

tags:  horror / apocalypse / LGBT / ya lit

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