Saturday, February 13, 2016

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward

Summary on Goodreads.

"Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood appeared out of the ground, even through concrete, even in water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones.

Lea wants to ignore the blood. She wants to spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn't so afraid of her father. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and Aracely whatever way she can."

What this book is NOT about: A bleeding earth; or why the earth is bleeding.

What this book IS about: a girl in love with another girl.

So, if you want to read this book because of the girl-to-girl romance, go for it. BUT, if you want to read it because it sounds apocalyptic, well, skip it.

Why was the earth bleeding? Not even the author could come up with an explanation for that. This bleeding business was weird. First the ground was oozing blood, and next thing I know Lea is talking about floods. When, how did that happen? In NYC transportation stopped because the trains got blood flooded. At some other point Lea talks about walking with rain boots and the blood running like a river. And people were out and about driving in this... river of blood!?

Wait a minute... where did so much blood come from? Again, not even Ms. Ward knows because she couldn't give an explanation in the plot. Next thing we know, hair is found in the blood, and then bones. Meaning? None whatsoever. Just to give you an idea of how disgusting the world was becoming.

But the best part is that as sudden as the blood appear, it disappeared. That's right. Next scene and Lea wakes up to find no blood and that earth is going back to normal.

So, why was humanity punished with this blood flood? The book mentions the Bible and Noah but it doesn't really say anything about it. So I guess the blood was an act of God to.... (feel free to fill in the blank). Although according to Lea, the blood united her parents who seemed to have grown fond of each other again. Yeah, maybe the blood was an act to unite couples worldwide.

Scientific explanation about the blood? Of course not. So that leaves with the religious explanation that you will come up with because no freaking explanation is given!!!

And did we need the lesbian romance? Not at all; but since there is a lack of same sex romance in YA, the author thought that mixing a bleeding earth with lesbian love would be a good idea because you couldn't really say that you hate the book because that would mean you are homophobic.

Well, guess what. The plot sucks, the romance was lame. The sex scene was unnecessary, and this entire book was just a waste of paper. Thank you Adaptive Books (the publisher) for helping kill more trees.