I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Across the Wire by Stella Telleria
Series: Across the Wire #1
on November 27th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Sci Fi
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
When Mia Mitchell, a hardcore but lonely former Marine, steps into an alley to pull some thugs off an unlucky foreigner, she walks into a fight she expects. What she doesn’t see coming is the foreigner making her a job offer any sane person would refuse. So, she takes it. She thinks she’s headed for some third-world country; instead she’s mysteriously transported to an Earth-like parallel world. That’s a mad left-hook.
Mia discovers a matriarchal dystopia where freedom doesn’t exist and fighting for it means execution. Lethal force bends all to the law; women fear for their families and un-wed men suffer slavery. Mia’s job is to train an underground syndicate of male freedom-fighters for a violent revolution. However, the guys don’t want a pair of X chromosomes showing them the way.Eben, an escaped slave, is encouraged by Mia to become a leader among the men. But when he turns his quiet determination on her, it spells F.U.B.A.R. for cynical Mia. Their unexpected connection threatens more than her exit strategy; it threatens the power struggle festering with in the syndicate.Haunted by nightmares and post-traumatic stress, unsure who to trust or how to get home, Mia struggles to stay alive as she realizes all is not what it seems.
What the **bleep**!? You know I really hate to admit it, especially with a book like this one but sometimes I read the synopsis and I say to myself “Hmm.. Christina what do you think of this?” Yes, I ask myself questions and yes I do answer. So, I continued the conversation “Well, not sure if I will LOVE the military aspect of this one but it IS dystopian which IS your favorite genre” … “Hmmm” I think again. “It really is but I’m just not sure if this will catch my attention, ya know?” and then I answer with “go ahead and try it, what do you have to lose?”
So I tried this one. I was immediately shocked by how amazing the writing is and just how much I got into it and especially the military parts! I mean, my god I wasn’t a Marine (I did try but they laughed at me) but I was in the military and I absolutely loved the memories this brought back. I laughed at FUBAR, I cried at all the torture Mia put herself through, and I was shocked by so much of this. I really had tears streaming down my face at 20%! I had to remind myself that this was a dystopian!
Ok, now for the serious stuff… The plot is amazing. I couldn’t tear my eyes from the words. The characters were so fantastic that I found myself literally cheering for them and when they got through or didn’t get through I felt just as much relief or torture that they felt. Mia was amazing even with all her issues, she hides them well and in the situation she’s in she really has to.
And then there’s Gavin and Eben. Ohhhh those two! I wanted to smack them both but it was like a sisterly smack because I grew to love them both, although, Gavin made me wonder about him more than once and even at the end I am still curious if his loyalties will change.
This was such a fast read that I want to go back and re-read just so I can slow down. And that’s after I thought I would just skim through some of the parts IF I didn’t like it. I found that I felt compelled to read every word because I didn’t want to miss a thing.
If you’re not into military stuff, do not worry, this has enough in it for anyone that likes a really good dystopian. The way Stella Telleria was able to twist this new world was amazing. It did end on a cliff hanger but one where I cannot wait for the next, and I do mean absolutely will be stalking Stella every day until it comes out!!