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(The Gaia Chronicles #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Like every child in Is-Land, all Astra Ordott wants is to have her Security Shot, do her National Service and defend her Gaian homeland from Non-Lander ‘infiltrators’. But when one of her Shelter mothers, the formidable Dr Hokma Blesser, tells her the shot will limit her chances of becoming a scientist and offers her an alternative, Astra agrees to her plan.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 6th 2014 by Jo Fletcher
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

If there's one thing I learned from reading Seoul Survivors and now Astra, it is that author Naomi Foyle has a remarkable way of making me feel. I have been shocked and disturbed by some of the ideas in her books, but likewise there have been times where the touching beauty of her writing has bought me to tears. Her stories might not necessarily read like heart-pounding thrillers or page-turners, but no matter what, they
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Astra is a beautiful, beautiful book, featuring an intriguing post-apocalyptic world, and focused on its eponymous main character. Astra is just seven years old when Foyle invites us into her life and her utopian world, where the people live in harmony with Gaia, the earth mother, and work toward healing the earth after all the damage caused by war, neglect, and ignorance.

Foyle’s words are an elegant brush on paper, painting such vivid images across the reader’s mind as she builds her world thr
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Originally posted on Roberta's Literary Ramblings

Overall Impression: There was an interesting concept here that just wasn't executed very well. The plot was bogged down with unnecessary scenes and exposition, and would have been better as a stand alone novel rather than the series it apparently is going to be.

Recommended for: Readers interested in environmental issues and post-apocalyptic literature

The world that Foyle has created is interesting in that it addresses many current environmental is
Books In Brogan
Mar 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: blog-reviews
OK I thought this was a YA novel but I wouldn't recommend anyone under 18 try to read it there is a lot of esoteric concepts in it. I can't really even tell you what except that it is a modern twist on a free love commune of the 60's were it is reasonable for that multi-partner sex between 12-14 year olds is natural and living in harmony with Gaia means that you don't wear clothes and vegan is the good, but the capitalist regime are the bad guys. At least that is what I think it is trying to say ...more
Rehan Khan
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written sensitive novel with environmental themes woven into a post apocalyptic narrative.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of attending my third Sindbad Sci-Fi event in London last month. The theme this year was “The Dunes Strike Back!” As always, I left with an expanded literary universe and a deeper appreciation for the scope and power of science fiction to articulate truths that would not be possible in any other genre. My greatest delight this year was an introduction to the world of “Cli-Fi” (how had I not heard of that before?) and in particular the work of Naomi Foyle. I asked her after the ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2014
Last year I reviewed Naomi Foyle's Seoul Survivors and while the book and I didn't really get along, I was very impressed with Foyle's writing. And the premise of Astra sounded quite interesting, so I was really looking forward to seeing whether I'd get along better with Foyle's sophomore effort. And I'm glad to say I did. Astra is just as thought-provoking as Seoul Survivors was, but without the problematic elements and Foyle's use of language and imagery is just as good, if not better as it ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I started this book thinking it would be very good. Boy was I wrong! The book is so slow and boring! It’s also very confusing, it randomly changes to flashbacks without you realizing. I didn’t even finish this book! I got a little more than half way, in a month and a half, it usually takes me about a week to a week and a half to read a book. This is also the weirdest book I’ve ever read, the story is good, but just the way it’s told is bad. I also wouldn’t read this if you are younger, it talks ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not much plot. Reads like an intro book to a longer arc with focus primarily on character development. Pacing seems really slow until the last fourth of book when it overcompensates and is too fast. Peripheral characters hard to keep track of and seem one dimensional. Good world building, but wish there were more backstory and details into the current society.
Roo MacLeod

Confusing, really, and Astra is obviously the girl to take to your heart, but there's no warmth, no chance to like her. I was desperate to get to chapter 2,hoping the pace would pick up, but I didn't get there. Not for me.
Anne Robinson
I got about halfway through, but found it so slow and boring that I gave up. It goes against the grain to do this, but I don’t want to waste what reading time I have left! There are so many great books out there.
David Harris
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Declaration of interest: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher.

This is a big book with big themes - environmental collapse, colonialism, the corruption of noble ideals, totalitarianism. Most of all, perhaps, it's about growing up.

As the story opens, Astra is a young girl living a happy life in a rural commune in a remote corner of Is-Land. Is-Land is a state established following the Dark Times. It is a place devoted to Gaia, the Goddess of the earth. Is-landers are extreme vegans, li
Bryan Wigmore
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought Astra was worth five stars when I first read it, and a reread hasn't changed that at all. I am in awe of this book, the way it combines a deeply moving character-driven story with an intensely imagined and very interesting setting. (I say "combines" but they are inseparable from each other.) All the characters in the very diverse cast are so well-defined, even from a few lines, and the technology, politics (both progressive and regressive), ethics and culture of the Gaian state are ver ...more
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.]

In a dystopian future that has led to a culture who has turned back to a simpler life that is reverent to nature, Astra lives the life of a happy little girl. She has a bright future ahead of her, but all of that changes when one of her Shelter mothers shares a secret with her that causes her to rethink everything she knows. And when a young orphan girl comes to stay with them, Astra's
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
...What I felt Astra has going for it, is the way Foyle handles what to reveal to the reader and how. The limited perception of the young Astra and the numerous unreliable tales spread throughout the novel make the reader feel uneasy about the true nature of Gaian society but als prevented me from jumping to conclusions. I don't think the pacing of the novel is perfect, Foyle does tend to elaborate on some aspects of the community Astra lives in, but the tension present in the mail character is ...more
Twin Opinions
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I haven't read Seoul Survivors, so I was a bit lost at first. I did really like this though. It is so different from what I have read in the past. A new and very exciting concept for me. I found that I could easily picture myself in this world and relate to Astra very easily. I really do like this and I look forward to more of Naomi's work. This book had so much going on and so much happening around Astra as well as what was going on with Astra. I had a hard time keeping up in places, but I beli ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: rar
This story was beautifully written. However, I didn't love it. It dragged on for me. I had a hard time wanting to resume reading it after putting it down because I lost interest. Unfortunately it never clicked for me.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Home sick with a cold, plowed thru this post apocalyptic novel. I thought some of the concepts were interesting, but the book is too long (and appears to be the first in... at least a trilogy, I guess, aren't they all these days?)
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and I would give it four stars except for all the acronyms and the fact that I couldn't fully grasp the political environment. Maybe it was supposed to be unclear and revealed in later books but it would help to have a bit more understanding.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: None
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a very strange book with strange sexual undertones that didn't really fit with what, in the end, wasn't much of a story. It was like a 400 page intro passage to book two.
Ruth Gilbert
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant depiction of a future world and totally believable main character. I loved it.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't particularly care for the style of writing, but the plot kept me going because it was not like other dystopic fictions I've read before.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
A little slow to get going, but once you get through all the ground work of the fantasy world, it turns into a bit '1984'esque. Interesting story, and good moral questioning.
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