Rise Of Gaia is a young adult fantasy. It is a powerful story about man’s destruction of Mother Earth. On her seventeenth birthday, Terran begins to receive a series of horrific visions about the damage that is being done to nature, all across the planet. A mystery voice urges Terran to ‘see’; this is the voice of Gaia, the Earth Mother who is dying as she is slowly poisoned and destroyed.
Terran has been chosen, along with an ancient race of people; they have been called to re-balance the world. It’s not going to be fun, this isn’t a test, this is going to be brutal.
I liked how the author presented the facts about man’s abuse of the Earth in a straightforward manner; it was easy to imagine Mother Earth in pain and her need to push back. I was, though, less keen on the over-used theme of a ‘chosen one’, and would have been happy if Terran was perhaps just one of several gifted young people.
There is a light love interest which had a refreshing turn and wasn’t how I envisaged the relationship as it moved forward. I believe that the messages in the book were meant to shock the reader, so that they are remembered and acted upon to help save the planet.
I’m glad that I read this book and would recommend it to those who want to read books about this very topical subject, in an easy flowing fictional format.
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Beneath rock and soil, trees and oceans, she lies.
Under concrete jungles and poisoned rivers, she slumbers.
She is Mother Earth.
And mankind has turned its back on its mother.
The visions begin on Terran’s seventeenth birthday. Horrifying images pummel her brain, while a voice commands her to see beyond the world she thought she knew and into the heart of it. Gaia has awakened, brought to consciousness by the greed of a species that has tainted every aspect of her being in a tide of indifference. With this awareness, comes rage. Gaia calls upon her children to unleash her fury, wreaking vengeance on humanity.
Terran will emerge in a world on the brink of collapse, to face a being whose wrath is beyond imagining.