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Planet Urth

(Planet Urth #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,253 ratings  ·  315 reviews
More than two hundred years into the future, human beings are an endangered species. The planet has been battered by war, its inhabitants plagued by disease and death. Few survived and remained unaffected. Seventeen year-old Avery is alive and unchanged. She has lived on the run for much of her life, in terror. Forced to hide deep in the forest, Avery and her sister are co ...more
ebook, 284 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Smashwords Edition (first published September 12th 2013)
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Ron
I thought this would be four stars, but not so. A good concept, well executed, but some story elements made no sense (man-sized spiders a hundred years "after"?; jump from a tree to spear a 300 pound boar? (not even Rambo); how do they know what a "laser beam" is?)

The worst fault is that the story stops, rather than ends. There's no sense of closure. What's with all these people assuming we want to read their three, five or twelve volume series?

Sorry. It was good, but not that good.
S.J. Abbo

3.5 post-apocalyptic stars


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Seventeen years old girl is all alone with her eight-year-old sister in the post-apocalyptic world, where she must fight mutant humans (monsters), hide from mutant wolves (almost werewolves), and avoid mutant spiders (huuuge ones).

She tries very hard to keep both of them (herself and sister) alive and struggles with fear, responsibility, worry, and guilt because, in some dark moments, she wishes to just end everything.

On with her quest for food, she stumbles across m
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Acanthea  Grimscythe | The Ghastly Grimoire
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Tamara
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A poorly written book with an annoying style of writing and main character.
Literarycat
There is a high amount of potential for this book, but unfortunately it falls short of expectations. The concept is interesting and could make for a great story, but it was not executed in a good way. There were things that didn't make sense such as jumping from a tree to spear a wild animal without a struggle. Things were mentioned in the beginning of the book only to not be mentioned again. The story just stops rather than ending or anything to lead into another book. I had high hopes for the ...more
Sybil
Mar 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldnt-finish
Let me start off by saying I got this book for free through a promotion, and I'm so glad I didn't actually pay anything for this. The first thing that stuck out to me upon beginning my reading of this book was that it uses first person present tense writing throughout the entire book. Sure, an odd writing style can be redeemed if the writing itself is actually good, but this isn't the case. Avery, the 17-year-old protag, is one of the most unlikable protags I've ever had to read. She has nothing ...more
Zara
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is nothing special. Nevertheless, it did make for a quite enjoying read.

The basic premise is that the world has been torn apart by war, and chemical warfare has resulted in horrific mutations to the majority of species. Our main character, Avery, is unchanged, and after her father dies, has to look after her eight year old sister. Threats range from urthmen (mutated humans), to lurkers (mutated wolves), to creepy giant spiders. When Avery realises that another family lives nearby, her
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Laurence Moore
Rather than set within the first few days or even weeks of an apocalypse Planet Urth propels the reader forward two centuries. I found this a very appealing setting. It is much harder to carve out a refreshing twist basing an apocalyptic story within the cusp of a pandemic or nuclear holocaust - with Planet Urth the writer has much more scope to create and develop a brand new world, albeit a distorted and broken one.

Our heroines are Avery (older sister) and June (younger sister). The relationshi
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Angus Mcfarlane
A free introductory ebook, this is the tale of two sisters fighting to survive in a future dystopia where modern humans live in the wild. The story is quite simplistic, and any intrigue that might be possible regarding the history leading to this state of affairs is quickly dissipated in the early chapters. This leaves ample room to expound upon issues such as the older girls inner turmoil upon seeing the bronzed skinned adolescent boy.... And the creatures they are pursued by are both intellige ...more
Megan
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY loved this book! I mean, I wouldn't be good to say what I loved about it, but the character was strong, and she knew how to look out for herself. She wasn't a giant hero who was brave enough to conquer anything- she hated what she had to live through and the only reason she kept going was because of her love for somebody else. her sister, June. This book was a whole different world: It was in the future, but it wasn't about a society all banded together and no choices- No, it was humans ...more
Tara Henderson
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it started pretty slow. I doubted it was going to be a good read, but once it picked up, I was emotional! I couldn't put it down. Avery was strong but also had fears and weaknesses that she didn't hide. well, actually she hid them, but overcame that. I feel so close to this family now. That I need to read the rest of their story now!
Shari
Nov 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-finish
Quite bad. Pages upon pages of dialog that really become silly after a bit. First person narrative where "I" is over used and becomes frustrating to read every sentence.
Emma Jane
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
OK. This book got a solid three star rating from me because that's what it is. Solid. Not exceptional, just a book with a fairly interesting storyline that I breezed through fairly quickly and found, for the most part, mildly entertaining.

Cons first.

It takes a while to get used to the way this book is written. I got this very cheaply on Amazon so I wasn't expecting extremely well-written prose or anything, but that said there were times when the narrative became jarring. I will say that in thi
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Set 200 years in the future after a nuclear and chemical war, Avery and her sister June have to survive in a forest in North America. They do! And then the novel ... ends?

Plot
Honestly I am not even sure what the point of this book was. I think the plot is that they have to survive in this "dangerous scenario" but I'm actually not sure where the next book could even go. It seemed like instead of a novel, I got the first 20% of what an actual book would be. If there had been more plot, I probably
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Paige Turner
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I don’t know about this book. There isn’t a lot of back story (I still have no idea why the world is the way it is besides there was some huge war that changed everything) and it takes quite a while into the book to even just find out why Avery’s, the heroine, parents are gone. And the answer is horrifying.

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BookLoversLife
Sigh, another book I'm torn with!! This had the potential to be so so good but unfortunately, fell a little flat. I mean, the synopsis sounded amazing, this part especially: "More than two hundred years into the future, human beings are an endangered species. The planet has been battered by war, its inhabitants plagued by disease and death. Few humans survived and remained unaffected. Most changed dramatically and evolved into something else entirely. Irrevocable alterations caused by chemical w ...more
Bradley Amann
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love survival stories and apocalyptic earths then this book is for you. This science fiction book has some action packed moments and a slow beginning but if you can get past the slow beginning then it will surprise you what happens next. This book will keep you guessing after every chapter. Avery and June (The main characters) live in this apocalyptic earth where Urthmen and Lurkers rule the earth. Avery and June survive alone without their parents for years. Avery is the older one who hu ...more
Kathy
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: ebook-own
I started reading Planet Urth this morning and didn't couldn't put it down until I was finished.

The concept behind the story is very intriguing and is told quite well through the eyes of 17 year old Avery.

The story opens about 1 year after the peaceful passing of Avery and younger sister June's father - several hundred years in to our future. Avery has learned to hunt, fight and protect her little sister and will do so at any cost. June is a fun-loving 8 year old little girl that looks up to h
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Braedon
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book, Planet Urth, Served as a lot of potential. The idea of a post-apocalyptic scenario with the parents of two badass girls and Deformed Wolves and Deformed Humans just sounds awesome. Sadly it did not live up to its potential. The writing and love story in this book is really annoying and after reading so many sentences with "I will not die" instead of "I won't die" just made me agitated with the book. The love story is also very cheesy and has sentences like "Those muscles and those eye ...more
David Swaby
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an interesting book to read. It painted a lot of clear pictures in my head which is what i look for in a book. The book had a satisfying plot to the story. They had unorthodox type creatures to give the reader a feel of what they were going up against.

I felt like this book did deserve a 4 star rating because at a certain point it was hard for me to keep reading this book. Although this book was hard for me to keep reading it was a great survival of the fittest book. This book also
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Bianca Damaso
It was an interesting read. Something a bit different than my usual read. I thought the idea of this book was really good and It was actually quite an easy read for me but I still feel something was lacking.. I don't know, maybe it's just me. Overall, a light read, intriguing idea and maybe ill pick up the second one.
LaVonne Jones
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need more

I truly look forward to book two of this different tale. With so many apocalyptic tales out there, this is refreshingly different. More please...
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
Huh. I hate the romance, if you can even call it that, it's also so fucking cliche... but at the same time I'm intrigued. I will continue with the series.
Margaret Fisk
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

My uncle recommended this post-apocalyptic title to me, and while it has weaknesses, I can see what attracted him to the story. This is very much a tale about taking ownership of your life rather than just maintaining the patterns you were trained in. Oddly, those patterns make up some of the weaknesses. Though Avery is trained in survival, she has blind spots that either came from the author or her father. In one case, modern sensibility interferes wit
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Clyde Wonder
This is the first of a series of books set in some post-apocalyptic version of Earth. We still have some humans (though few and widely scattered), but we now also have something called Urthmen. The latter are an unfortunate evolutionary twist of homo sapiens. We don't get a ton of explanation as to this evolution and that's fine. This all takes place well after whatever catastrophe started it all.

The premise was enough to interest me. The execution, less so. This is YA fiction, which might be pa
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Sally the Salamander
A DNF at 38%.

The prose is amateur (which makes sense after finding out the books were co-written by a husband/wife team with no prior writing experience). A lot of weird metaphors (like muscles "galloping"). Plot events are unbelievable. Avery makes ridiculous decisions despite being a combat and survival expert. She spies a young man from a distance and is immediately completely smitten with him. She hides the fact that she has discovered other humans from her little sister for no discernible r
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Veray
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting dystopian story.The situation reminds me a lot of the Razorland series by Ann Aguirre, but the main character is more naive and not quite as smart. She is a great fighter though and has a great love for her sister whom she lives to protect. The jury is still out on Will who doesn't hold a candle to Fade in the Razorland series. Not that I mean to compare them but I loved that series and the similarity makes it hard not to. I would like to see Will become more and learn ho ...more
Country Goose
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just.. Wow!

An earth shattering story, woven so beautifully. The world is described so vividly. The people, creatures, history, and especially Avery and June! Wow!

I hate the end. Not what happens to Avery, but what happens to the other people. I guess it was necessary for the evolution of the plot, but I felt it was unnecessary and could still have furthered the emotional states of the people. People who already read it know what I'm talking about. I won't ruin it for the other readers because th
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Peg Weissbrod
Great start to a YA series

I wish we could give half stars because I want to encourage this wife and husband writing team to continue telling stories for a long time. But I’m no longer at an age when I can pretend to be anywhere near the age of a Young Adult reader and I know that I will not continue with the rest of this series. But if you know an older teen who has not yet discovered the thrill of reading an exciting, yet easily read, tale of adventure, they could do worse than start with this
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Janine
I enjoyed the storyline but the writing wasn't great. The same points being made over and over again, blatantly obvious points being explained as if the reader is incapable of following the plot. Later on it became clear that the proofreader got bored and just gave up so the latter third is littered with missing letters and wrong words. A real shame since the premise and the characters had promise but the writing style is not for me.
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