Tenderfoot by Abby Drinen Book Review

Told from rotating points of view, this YA Sci-fi journey story about troubled Earth teens who are pulled into another world to live carries the reader from one conflict to the next with riveting intrigue, unceasing action, and definite heart.

This first volume in the foreseeable series does quite a lot of foundation work, introducing the reader to the world of Enova, a place similar to Earth, but different in many important ways. The author switches between four viewpoints and only drops hints about their sordid pasts, leaving enough mystery to peek your interest, but holding back enough to keep you reading.

The four characters, two boys and two girls, are distinct, and begins with perhaps the most enigmatic, Linnea. Each of the Earthers are teenagers with a past they want to forget, and wake up one day in a new world where they find healing and happiness. But an assassination attempt on all four brings them together in a joint fight for their lives. Their Enovian guardians join them in the journey to find a safe place while the attack is investigated. The story focuses on this journey, with little rest for the weary, but gifted, characters. Even the ending gives them little respite before throwing another confounding twist into the mix, to be continued in the next installation of the Enova series.

Succinct writing, non-stop action, changing POVs, a colorfully created environment, and an undercurrent of mystery make Tenderfoot an enjoyable must-read for fans of YA Science Fiction.   

“No lights, no sound. But my skin knows this isn’t home. Why aren’t I afraid?”

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