PENDOMUS by Carissa Andrews

Humanity has colonized on the tidally locked planet Pendomus. 

Residing between extreme heat and frigid cold is the complex known as the Helix. Within lies a highly sophisticated society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose as determined by their natural aptitudes and daily brain scans. 

Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem has found her calling studying the ancient trees nearby and anxiously awaits a professional placement which will allow her to continue her work. 

Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked and left for dead in those woods. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived without the Helix. Fueled by a yearning to understand and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa tries to make a new life for herself. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet, and the forces controlling her from afar. 

What she needs are some answers.

I’d like to thank Book Nerd Tours for including me on this tour, if you haven’t taken the time to stop by and check them out, you should.  If you are interested in hopping on some of their tours, I recommend that you do.  It’s always a treat to be part of their great team to tour with authors and books.  Thanks for having me take part so often!
PENDOMUS…I have to be completely honest and say that it took me a little while to get into the read.  I am not really a huge fan of science fiction stories.  It takes me a while to get into them.  As unusual as it sounds, I don’t particularly like things that could happen in the beginning.  I am a bit finicky that way.  It takes me a while to wrap my head around the ‘quite possibly’ moments.  I guess I get a little too wrapped up in nit-picking the what-ifs and don’t focus enough on the storyline.  It happened that way a little bit with PENDOMUS.  I was able to shake it off pretty early in the book and go back and catch up with the actual story, instead of what I had *squirrel* been conjuring up.
I like to make real connections in a book like this.  Can it happen?  What can I equate current events to?  Can I find a moral or a discussion topic in the ‘out there’ parts of the book.  For PENDOMUS the answer was often yes.  Completely realistic?  No.  That is the fun of reading a science fiction story.  It took me a little while to get through some of the unusual elements, as with any science fiction story.  It didn’t take long to get accustomed to the differences between Pendomus and the Helix and Earth.  :)  Thank goodness, because that can often ruin any kind of story.
There is enough ‘reality’ to keep a reader anchored so that the story can fall into place with minimal confusion and distractions.  Of course there is a little love interest and adventure in this new dimension that just keeps it all tied together and moving smoothly.  It is a good introduction to what is yet to come for Runa.  I look forward to reading what is in store for Runa as there is much left unanswered as the book comes to a close.

Born and raised in central MN, Carissa Andrews has always loved books. She started her career at 15 in a bookstore, just to be able to afford her book fetish. By 19, she worked for a magazine publisher. At 22, she was working for printers to learn their trade. At 27, she went back to school for graphic design, and became an award winning designer. Little did she know all of her experiences would lead her to becoming a self-publishing power house.

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