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(The Grounded Trilogy #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,880 ratings  ·  228 reviews
In Hemlock Hollow, life isn't easy, but it is simple. Things in my community haven’t changed much in over three hundred years, since the time my Amish ancestors came to what is now the Green Republic. I milk my cow by hand, make fresh bread every morning, and hope to be courted by Jeremiah, a boy I’ve known since childhood.

When my father falls ill, the English doctor says
Paperback, 306 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Carpe Luna Publishing
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Jul 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
I don't read much of reviews ahead of getting a book. I read the first chapter only for this one and it certainly didn't give away nor did the description on this page that this is a YA book. I'm so over books hiding this instead of making it clear.

Whilst this book had an unusual concept it was so simplistic, the god fearing girl with a super power. She goes from "I won't hurt an ant" to blowing people out of her way...but it's all in god's plan. Added to that, how it was written - it just wasn'
Kimba Tichenor
I selected this book because it sounded interesting and frankly the price was right: free. At the time, I did not realize that it was a young adult science fiction. Still, unlike many reviewers, I did not find this first book of the Grounded Trilogy overly simplistic. Yes, the idea of an Amish girl discovering that she has unusual powers which at first she assumes are God-given and later learns are man-made is rather trite. And yes the love triangle that develops between the three main character ...more
La Coccinelle
This book started off okay, with an interesting premise and halfway decent writing, but the quality of everything rolled steadily downhill and by the end my brain was balking and I was having to read each sentence multiple times because my synapses were shutting down as some sort of protective mechanism against the crap I was forcing myself to read. I'm so glad I got this book for free; if I'd paid money for it, I would be even more annoyed than I already am.

Please, dear author, I want some mor
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Grounded is an unputdownable multi-layered Dystopian read. Filled with adventure, mystery and a bait of romance, this book drew me in from the first page. I loved this book and have already have list of people who I know will NEED to read it.

Here are some of the things I love about this book:

*The premise for this story is very unique. Not only does this book have the nonscientific elements and Dystopian elements, but it also has the tie to our world through Lydia's Amish community.

*I was sucke
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
***Copy received through Netgalley***

Hemlock Hollow was a safe place where Lydia couldn't be discovered by the authority. She had no idea of what she is capable of, of how powerful she is or even of her real identity until she has to cross the gates of her place to go to the hospital where her father is. She discovers then the English life where the electricity is everything. But all of a sudden, the situation gets ugly and she's arrested by the government who shows up immediately at her frie
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I was a bit wary of reading this book as only ONE of my "friends" marked it as to-read, and no one else from my friends list knows about this book.

So with great trepidation I started this book.

I was pleasantly surprised.

In a dystopian future, the world has been taken over by the Greens. Obsessed with energy and animal cruelty, they have taken over people's lives. Away from this world is the Amish community that thrives on farming and the simple way of life. Refusing to give
Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)
May 2016

3.5 stars

It was good. A little too plot driven for the first three quarters of the book. And the romance was somewhat cheesy.

Definitely the most unique setting for a dystopian. Props for uniqueness.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audiobook
What a different concept. It's a dystopia, it's paranormal, and it has Amish people in the story! I wasn't expecting that! Love the audiobook, and the narrator does make a story even better. The narrator act not just narrates the book, so it kept me pretty engaged in the story. I dread to stop my chores so I could keep listening. Great story, with fascinating characters. Can't wait to listen book 2!
Rae Ryans
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hmm. If you enjoyed this book, surely check out The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle, there are a lot of similarities (Amish chick, worldwide crises, guy she always thought she'd marry vs guy she met via said crises). Of course, this book has a lower body count and the bad guys aren't nearly as scary, so really it's a 3.5 for me. Still, there are 500 pages and they freaking flew by, so I rounded up. Lydia is a great, strong character and there are some awesome girl-power moments where she just owns ...more
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
OMG an Amish heroine! I WANT I WANT I WANT!
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such an awesome read!! I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it had some of the pet peeves I have.

So we have Lydia, who lives in an Amish community with her father. Her best friend, and future husband, is Jeremiah. Lydia is quite happy to stay in her community and live life the simple way, until her father gets ill and has to go to the hospital in the outside world. Lydia and Jeremiah decide to go on Rumspringa, a year away from the community to find themselves. It's the only way Lydia c
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it!
I loved this book. Loved the characters, the story, the plot, everything about it.
Loved the narrator. She 100% captured these character's essence and infused the story with the emotion it needed.

I could NOT put this book down. I was actually looking for stuff to clean around the house, so I could listen to it while doing chores. I know! I couldn't believe it myself.

There was action, a bit of romance, and a story that even though is dystopian in nature and deals with things t
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Good, not great... the electropower stuff felt a bit much. I liked it enough to buy the sequel tho.
~Mindy Lynn~
Jun 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle-own, ya, freebies
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Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a blend of Amish and Science Fiction. A very unusual combination. Lydia and Jeremiah have been friends since forever - 17 years. When her father has a stroke and is taken to the Englisher’s hospital they decide to use their Rumspringa to visit him and make sure he is okay. From there the plot turns decidedly sci-fi. A very enjoyable read. Rated PG13 for violence.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Living in a world that is not satisfied that you might simply fail, but that is also determined to take you down screaming, it's important that we present the truth of what it takes to live for the Lord. While I am not a fan of the ever present (and non-biblical) dead parent waiting in heaven, I believe entire trilogy should be recommended group reading/discussion for the late tween to early college set in churches. This one is a PG13 for war, violence and mature situations, but makes
Before I had read Grounded, I was in a kind of reading slump. The last ten or so books I had read were good, but not great. I liked them, but I didn’t love them. I decided to read Grounded because it sounded unique and awesome, and it is also currently a standalone novel. I’m happy to say that Grounded pulled me out of my reading slump with its awesomeness.

Grounded tells the story of Lydia, a seventeen year old Amish girl who ventures outside her preservation to help her father in hospital. Her
Grounded opens with dramatic flair, a baby found abandoned, an explosion, and I’m hooked! Add to the mix, a leap in time, an isolated Amish community, and a young woman who leaves the haven of her simple life to find her father, who has been taken to an Englisher hospital. Completely naïve to the modern world filled with electricity, tall buildings and the cold environment of distrust and power-hungry villains, Lydia is thrown into the vortex of a scientific experiment gone bad. She discovers sh ...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author G. P. Ching and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Lydia is Amish, and intends to get married and have kids without ever seeing the English way of life, until her father suffers a stroke and is taken to an English hospital for treatment.

Talked into partaking in rumspringa in order to leave her community and visit her father in hospital, Lydia and her best friend Jeremiah leave their sheltered way of life, an
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I was really excited to read Grounded after having read so many of the positive reviews. The premise was definitely original. I've never read a paranormal book with an Amish protagonist, and it was refreshing. I also enjoyed the story and concept of how the characters manipulate energy. Ching doesn't shy away from trying to explain how it works, either, which is great. The one issue I did take from this particular aspect of the book, however, was the main character constantly saying she didn't u ...more
Carol Riggs
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 20% of this book FLEW by. It was so compelling, I had to know what was going to happen. I loved the Amish flavor, spiced up by the rumspringa into the “English” world and endangered by the dystopian elements and the struggle for power. As I read on, it started to feel more like X-Men or Heroes and thus not so unique, but it was still enjoyable. The way Lydia’s faith was woven into the science was satisfying, how the core part of her that came from how she grew up gave her the grounding ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Grounded is the first book in the Grounded trilogy by G.P. Ching. It was a little confusing at first, but the author’s strong and descriptive writing made this an excellent book. The plot was creative and unpredictable, which will keep you interested for the entire story. And Linda, the main character, has emotions which perfectly match the situations she faces on her thrilling and scary adventure. She and all other characters are very believable, different and brave, and most characters were v ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, e-book, 2013
This book was not without flaws but it certainly grabbed my attention and kept hold of it. I started this book yesterday afternoon and despite having to pick someone up at the airport I managed to finish it before falling asleep. The ending really could have used some fleshing out, as well as some of the characterizations. I would also like another book just about the futuristic Amish lifestyles as well as a entire book just about life for the average citizen during this time. I think that the w ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really loved the concept of this book, it was very cool. The Amish aspect just added another interesting angle. Of course there did turn out to be a love triangle. I liked Jeremiah at the start, but then there were a few times he annoyed me. I feel bad for him though because it's obvious he is in love with Lydia. Korwin was great too, but I thought the "connection" between them was kind of weird. There was a lot of action in the book & I loved seeing Lydia completely change & become pr ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why I found this book so trying. It definitely caught my attention and drew me in. It's different and I can honestly say it is the first book I've ever read to include a futuristic Amish Community.

My main problem was (view spoiler)
May 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read this book thanks to NetGalley. It sounded like a unique take on the dystopian YA novel.

First, if this book is self-published, it was refreshingly hard to tell. Second, Ching has created a nice collection of sympathetic and internally consistent characters.

On the other hand, the story doesn't take place in a well and thoroughly built world. Whether the author imagines a dystopian world based on future science or disaster, I have to believe it or be so entranced I am willing to suspend beli
Mary Lou Hoffman
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended for: 11 and up

Ms. Ching has written a wonderful story of three young people on a journey to discovery who they really are and how they fit into the world. While dodging a corrupt government and the opposing rebels, they work together and fight each other in their quest to each find where they belong.

I loved this story. There are the first, tender stirrings of love, entwined in an edge of your seat fight to find and claim what is right. In my research, I found that this is to be a tri
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great Y/A dystopian read, although the main characters are Amish and the Amish way of life is touched on lightly throughout the book, it is most definitely not "Christian" fiction. A fast paced story keeps the reader interested, likeable characters and some interesting twists provide just the right balance. If you love hunger games and insurgent, you will enjoy this book. It may not be as "epic" as the aforementioned series but it definitely can hold it's own!
Sally Hannoush
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a pleasant surprise. The description of the book left me uncertain if this book would be anything I may like. I know Amish life is popular in a lot of romance books but wasn't sure how it would fit here. The ratings were high and I was curious enough to give it a chance. It's one of my favorite books I've read this year. A combination of Amish and Dystopian turned out to be a great story.
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G.P. Ching is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy novels for young adults and not-so-young adults. She bakes wicked cookies, is commonly believed to be raised by wolves, and thinks both the ocean and the North Woods hold magical healing powers. G.P.'s idea of the perfect day involves several cups of coffee and a heavy dose of nature. She splits her time between central Illinois and Hilton He ...more

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