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Across the Wire

(Across the Wire #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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 Ear ...more
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Published November 27th 2013 by Stella Telleria (first published November 4th 2013)
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Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
Review originally published at Michelle Abbott's Blog

I've never read anything like this before, this was a unique concept. The story is set in a parallel universe that is polar opposite to our own. It is ruled by women and men are oppressed. Men are owned by women either by marriage, as a concubine or a servant. The women are tall, muscular and taught to fight. Slim, pretty, boyish men are deemed attractive and are often castrated in order to retain their boyish looks. The author did an amazing
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Across the Wire by Stella Telleria is the first book in her Across The Wire series.

First off, what a story line - I've never read anything remotely along the lines of this story. First off - the heroine is a bad ass Iraq War veteran. Mia, we thank you for your service. Second, SHE comes to the rescue of a man being attacked by muggers in San Fransisco. She is brave and courageous AND moral. This man she rescues offers her a job training freedom fighters, leaving out the part about it being on a
Myra (Pieces of Whimsy)
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review first published on my blog, Pieces of Whimsy

As is generally the case with books I read, when I finally got 'round to read this book I had completely forgotten what it was supposed to be about. When the sci-fi element came into it (which I had mostly forgotten about but I started to remember when events unfolded) I was a little surprised by how quickly the transition happened, it left me feeling a little genre-confused but that soon gave way to awesomeness. Everything else was fantastic an
Suzy Turner
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading Across the Wire, I wasn't sure about it, to be honest. I mean, here I was reading about a female marine - something that certainly doesn't normally appeal. But it was the promise of a dystopian tale that piqued my interest. And it didn't take long for Stella to work her magic on me - I was soon hooked!
The idea of a woman being transported to another parallel universe was certainly a unique one that had me intrigued - especially considering she was taken there to ass
I had so much fun reading this book! It captured my attention and imagination from the first. Mia is often not very likeable, but she is definitely a force to reckon with. Bold as brass, she takes on a challenge more formidable than she ever imagined and in the process transforms herself and those around her. This is the first book in a planned series so there are questions and subplots left unresolved at the end but in no way was I left unsatisfied. This story arc ended well; without any major ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*A big thanks to the author for providing the ebook in exchange for an honest review*

I am not Sci-Fi/Fantasy’s biggest fan but damn if I didn’t love Stella Telleria’s ACROSS THE WIRE. Now THIS is one book I didn’t expect to love this much. When I signed up to review the book, I was honestly just trying to broaden my reading repertoire. I did not expect to meet one of my favorite reads this year. It’s a promising start to what I feel would be an amazing series!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Across the
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, sci-fi
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

And thanks to the author for autographing it!

Technically, this book only gets 4.7 stars because it's divided into 3 books, and the first one only gets a 4, while the other two get a 5. The first book has to set the scene, so it is slower than the rest of the book, and it took me a bit to get really engaged in it. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the book.
I love the author's writing; she tends to use alliteration when possible, she us
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great character development, action and suspense, what more could you ask for?
I got myself this book after taking part in a book blizt for it organized by Xpresso Book Tours. I was very intrigued by the premise and the main character. So when I saw that there was going to be a book tour, I knew I wanted in!

Mia is an ex-Marine, sent back home cause she wasn't deemed fit for active duty. She isn't adapting well to normal life, since she suffers from a clear case of PTSD. She encounters an odd man that asks for her help to train victims of gender oppression, and she finds he
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Writer Person

Seriously, sci-fi is the greatest thing ever. Because that's how you get books like this. The idea of parallel universes and space/time travel has always been intriguing to me. The possibilities are absolutely endless and I love how Stella Telleria totally too advantage of that and came up with this crazy insane alternate reality. I guess the scary part is that it could be real. *shudder*

The other part I found interesting was Mia's military background. She's a former Marine. I'm wor
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for providing me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

As a veteran female Marine and the mother of a daughter who is getting ready to go in to the USMC, I was surprised and enthralled that the main character of this book is a a veteran female Marine. Not just an Marine either, one who had seen what war does not just to a person, but to families, friendships and loved ones. The author did her research well on the emotional side effects combat does t
Chris Torretta
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One word? AMAZING!

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,
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book! I was skeptical in the beginning, because I'm normally not into Sci-fi. And I really haven't read any adult sci-fi stories, but alas I fell in love with this one. The story is captivating, heart wrenching, inspiring and action packed. For the first time in a very long time I don't have anything negative to say about a story that I'm reviewing! So, lets get on with the love fest.

The characters:
Mia: The main character is kick ass! She is
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Girl power!

Society is turned on its head with this offering from Telleria. Where women are top of the social ladder and men are to serve and satisfy women, Gaia is a far cry from Mia’s home city of San Francisco. This is a brilliant and different read and I really enjoyed all that ‘Across the Wire’ had to offer.

The idea of an alternate universe was a little bit unbelievable and what I found to be one of the weakest links in the story. However, Telleria doesn’t turn this into a massive plot feat
Pauline Ang
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-ebook
Originally posted at Fathomless Reveries

Across the Wire is a novel that just sucked me into the story, and made me feel like I’m always on the go. It felt like I was one of the people that belonged to the matriarchal society they have, which made me feel the danger and pressure always looming over me. There was this great, suspensive feeling in me that wanted to know what’s going to happen next.

At first, reading this novel felt like a chore as I started to get to know their society. I didn’t lik
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

Ever think if women ruled the world it would be one big "Kumbaya?" Across the Wire gives a nightmarish look into one version of what that world could look like while also challenging the concepts of freedom and safety and what they really mean. I had a difficult time getting into the story at first - the beginning was a little slow for me - but once I began to see for myself what society was li
Debbie Kennedy
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads. Awesome book. I was really into it until I got to the part where it took a turn from what could be reality, to some dystopian world....and then I totally was into it again! I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the rest, but I really was intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed the book. (This isn't usually within the genre of books that I read, but I was open to trying something new and I'm very glad I did.) I loved Mia and enjoyed seeing a female as a 'le ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A book I didn't want to put down.

When former Marine Mia was offered a job training the oppressed to defend themselves she thought she would be training a group of women. When Vuri, whom she just met and also the one offering the job whisks her off to parts unknown to her she turns on him in suspicion.
A lot of laughs, some serious bits and a lot of action.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Across the Wire is like GI Jane meets 5th Century Amazonians with a Hunger Games /Too Wong Foo vibe. Full review on The Suburban Eclectic Review. ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Based on the excerpt, it seems a decent read, fast paced, and brings up some reasonable questions of PTSD and power relations.
U.N. Date: Saturday, September 30. 12014 H.E. (Holocene/Human Era)
Stella Telleria
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I clearly can't be trusted. ...more
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Review to come, during blog tour.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just one sentence for you to start imagining: The world upside down...
This is one of those books I wouldn't have put down before finishing!
Five well-deserved stars!
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All my life I’ve dreamed of stories or have had my nose buried in one. I live in Edmonton, Canada with my husband and my weird sense of humor.

I love old war movies, dystopian fiction, and any story with action, a good plot, and characters I'd get into a fight at the pub for. Not that I'm a brawler or anything. Unless you think that out-of-print book or vintage piece at the thrift shop is going ho

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