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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
The Mainland: The Terra Testimonies by Sara Francis is a riveting young adult dystopian novel. This is book 2 of 3 in the Terra Testimonies. This story centers mainly on the Hodgins triplets: Mark, Aymie, and Shane, and actually makes you think about what MIGHT happen in the future, given a similar set of circumstances. There is a balance of darkness with light, good versus evil, a little faith and politics, and romance along with the action. The characters come across as realistic, complete with strengths and flaws. I enjoyed the idea of the triplets being separated at a very young age, and then fate, destiny, or some higher power placing them in one another's presence again, united for a bigger purpose. I also like that the story is told from the perspective of each of the triplets--each having individual thoughts and experiences. They take on a lot, but are they up for the task?
The author's choice to make it seem more personal really works here and keeps the reader invested until the end. As you read, you get the feeling that these characters are real people, so of course, you care about what happens to them. The alternating POVs may not be for everyone, but in this case, I think it adds dimension to the story since it's told in the unique voice of each character. Explanations do come, so it's nice that they aren't given away all at once. There are some dark sections, but it's necessary for the plot, and as I said earlier, it's balanced. If you like survival stories and origin stories, don't miss The Mainland: The Terra Testimonies by Sara Francis.