Review~ “Grounded” by G.P. Ching

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Author(s): G.P. Ching

Publisher: All Night Reads

ISBN: 9780985236755

Genre:Fantasy

Review Rating: 4/5 stars

Publisher Description: “In the year 2050, a secret government study nicknamed Operation Source Code injects eight volunteers with a retrovirus.

Publishers Description: Seventeen years later, Lydia Troyer is far from concerned with the energy crisis. Growing up in the isolated community of Hemlock Hollow, life hasn’t changed much since 1698 when her Amish ancestors came to America. She milks her cow by hand, makes fresh bread every morning, and hopes to be courted by Jeremiah, the boy who’s been her best friend since she could walk. But when Lydia’s father has a stroke and is taken to the outside world for medical treatment, Lydia and Jeremiah leave Hemlock Hollow. An ordinary light switch thrusts Lydia into a new world where energy is a coveted commodity and her own personal history makes her the most sought-after weapon on the planet. ”

Review: I love this authors….er writing. You get a sense of the constrained, in thought, action and life practices of the future Amish (famish?) with a blend of wonderment at what could or might be. GP Ching takes you there in a subtle ministration of the written word. When you realize how caught up in the novel you are, you will do a David Byrne.

The only downside is that other able adults, inclined to read, will skip this novel and the series to come, based on the publishers categorization of “Teen and Young Adult”. Good writing is just what it is, good, and to categorize a very good novel into a niche bears re-visiting. Don’t pass this up.

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