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Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together in this thrilling futuristic adventure novel about a utopian city struggling to keep its peace.

"A gutsy teen living on an arid, depleted Earth two centuries in the future faces danger and shocking revelations when she covertly joins a subversive group.

Sixteen-year-old Tess lived in Eden, a seemingly idyllic, dom
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Hardcover, 312 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Holiday House
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Georgia Clark
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course, I cannot review my own book! That would be like reviewing myself; an exercise in impossibility. But I can say I loved creating what Kirkus Reviews called a "bold futurist adventure with unusual romance, riveting action and ominous ecological red flags." School Library Journal thinks that "readers who eagerly followed the rebellions against Panem's Capitol and Divergent's Erudites will root for Tess and her Kudzu allies." So if that sounds like you, give it a whirl! And of course, plea ...more
Lindsay Ratowsky
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I typically read non fiction and women's lit -- this was the first YA book I've read as an adult, and I'm so happy to be intro'ed to the genre via Tess! PARCHED was such a delight. What I loved most about my YA adventure is how deep the underlying motivations and political observations are in this made up world. If you're looking for a great beach read - hit this!
Jodi Meadows
Robots! Dystopia!
Wren
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-trade
Parched
Georgia Clark

I'm quite impressed by this book. At first, it seemed dull and boring, but it steadily gained steam. I was suddenly spending my last hours awake reading it.
I do like the action. It was fast-paced and exciting. It kept you going. You felt like the ending was piled with action. It seemed a bit much for it to be heaped on top of you. I do think it was good overall. The action was edge-of-your-seat. You wanted to know what happened. You were clinging to the characters. The action
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Yiwen
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This book was a cool, refreshing read, full of unconventional surprises. The story is set in an unconventional dystopia where there is actually a reason for a "big brother" type of government: human-driven climate change has decimated the environmental resources and the human population to the point where only one city exists. It is an eden-like city where advanced technology has made life pleasant and privileged. The main conflict really centered around the question how much is this privilege w ...more
Tina Lynne
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Parched is an interesting story about one young woman’s struggle to deal with the tragedy of her past and make a difference in the future for the world she has come to know. After living in the Badlands for a year after her mother’s death, Tess is recruited to return to Eden to help the Kudzu organization end the tyranny of the Trust and attempt to give life back to the struggling Badlands. In this story, there are many ups and downs, filled with intrigue and choices to be made. The question is ...more
Kate
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars! I admit, I initially judged it by the cover and was skeptical. Though if I had found it on my library shelf in 1996 I would have been all over it, so maybe it's time to bring back old-school. Beats the hell out of "languishing white girl" any day.

It's so refreshing to find a YA author who seems to have actually thought out their dystopia. Clark took the time to craft different cultures for the Badlands and Eden, and it shows. I particularly loved how we're just tossed right in without
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Louise Gardner

I was very excited to read this as it has been compared to ‘The Hunger Games’ and the’ Divergent’ series and whist it’s probably a bit tragic I was keen for a bit more of something similar.

On the surface there are many similarities, strong female lead characters living in a post apocalyptic world, a hot love interest and like all good ‘quest’ books, an important mission to accomplish. From the begining of the book though it appeared that this was going to be a little different, a bit edgier, the
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Yesenia
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, own, own-read
I got this book as a Goodreads giveaway and I'm so happy I did! I can't even imagine living in a world like that! Especially since with my luck I would end up in the badlands!
I admit that I had a few cringe worthy moments with Tess when she's speaking to Hunter. I didn't feel like her speaking bad about Eden was actually a horrible thing since she did it so often with a guy she just met. I understand her conversations with her Uncle, but not a stranger. She just very easily blurts out things sh
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Sarah
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love young adult fiction but I confess I have until now avoided the sci-fi variety opting for your more conventional love stories (Perks of Being a Wallflower is my all time favourite). After reading Parched I realise what a mistake that was - because the unbridled passion of a good teen romance has the potential to become even more electric and satisfying when it takes place in a foreign and brilliantly realised futuristic world.

Parched is a cracklingly good read - with an abundant amount of
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Arlene Mullen
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tess is 16 and lives in Eden. After her scientist mother is killed she runs away to the bad lands. Things are not what she things they will be there and she decides to return. The thing is that she can not go back to the way things were. She decides to work with Kudzu. Things keep going differently then what she expects. She starts having feelings towards Hunter but then he turns out not to be what she thought,.
There is alot of Tess figuring things out. She is 16 but acts more like an adult. I l
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Laurie
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked up this title because it was on a list of "page turners." Well, I'm not sure this book really was that. It is another dystopian novel. I guess I'm always looking for a tale that is different and believable. Not that Parched was horrible. I just felt like it was pretty predictable. It is a tale of haves and have-nots - those who live within the city with water and the many who live in the desert outside of the city without water. One girl, Tess, whose mother was killed by a robot with ar ...more
Jessi Jetter
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book threw me off when I first spotted it at the library. It looked like something from the 90s but it was a "new" item so I read the description. The sci-fi drew me in right away so I checked it out and I'm so glad I did. I started it thinking that this was going to be a cheesy YA novel but it wasn't even close. I love the world created and I love how thought out this book was. Really hoping there will be a book 2, though I don't see any mention of it. Definitely a good read a ...more
Alice
Jun 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
This looked like it could be an interesting book. I was disappointed in the quality of the writing and the plot. If a dystopian novel doesn't have a good plot, it's bad. The protagonist, a sulky teenaged girl, was hard to like. Without giving away plot, I will just say that the huge coincidences in the book felt false. The big issue of artificial intelligence and humans having emotions for beings that are NOT people was raised, but not explored in a meaningful way. Instead, mawkish teenage hormo ...more
H.W. Vivian
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I read that this would be a scifi-romance, I didn't believe it because the beginning was so action-packed. It is very entertaining, and the characters are very memorable. I feel like the mood of the story progressed very well - from action at the beginning to some fun and jokes toward the middle, then to deeper things toward the end. The ending was nice.
Amina
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
3 1/2
Elizabeth Wig
Teaching a robot to love + classic YA dystopia with rich walled-in city and poor outskirts + environmental problems due to drought = a surprisingly different, well-balanced, and exciting read.
TheSaint
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, ya


I can't help but think that this one would make a good movie. If the teenage dystopian romance genre hasn't run its course.
Stella_Artemis
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love robots. Especially quirky ones. And i'm an IT major making this book even more appealing and funny! :)
Izzyreading
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Tess is an amazingly powerful character taking symbolism and love to a whole new level.

This book perfectly blends romance, action, and dystopian worlds in one joyous, heart wrenching novel
Erin Kelly
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A rich and complex story; well thought out. (And I love the title, just as an aside).
Jamie
Won in the Goodreads Firstreads program. New sci-fi to read!
Holly
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-books-2014
Discovered this on a list page turners and enjoyed it vey much. How can you go wrong with robots, renewable resources, and romance? ( that's on the cover..I totally did not make that up!)
Martha
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Sci-fi in an earth that has gone wrong. A lot of adventure with a small group of rebel teens trying to even the score. Relationships that of course get very muddled.
Tiffany
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. :D Review to come!
Amy Murdock
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Really a 3 1/2. Another crazy futuristic story with a teenage hero.
Amber Richardson
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
What a ride! A lot of fun in the beginning, only to get more and more exciting as you read on. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a little sci-fi with a twist.
Paula Hess
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Liked it alot! Great futuristic Ya read. Really hope the author is working on a sequel.
Thom Coté
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
"Parched" starts off by introducing a pretty creative and well-realized setting in the first quarter or so, then veers off the rails with a fairly unoriginal and less compelling "AI that can feel" plot. I wish it had explored the Badlands setting a lot more and developed its villains better, but it seems uncomfortable going too long without a frantic chase or fight, or some awkward teen-y romantic dialogue. That said, if there's ever a sequel I might pick it up to see if it lets the AI storyline ...more
Marlene Scholfield
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I struggled with starting this book... the font was too small and it seemed to be missing something from the beginning. But once I got into his book I couldn't put it down... what an interesting idea of what our future could look like... is man this evil? I'm afraid we are and this could be a reality
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“We’re a nonviolent collective working to undermine the Trust and free the Badlands. Once the Trust is exposed as lying and corrupt, we believe Edenites will do the right thing. Open the borders. Save the Badlands.” Ling lowers her voice with deliberate control. “Kudzu is going to destroy something called Aevum.” 1 likes
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