‘Across the Wire’ – Stella Telleria
When Mia Mitchell, a hardcore but lonely former Marine, steps into an alley to pull some thugs off an unlucky foreigner, she walks into a fight she expects. What she doesn’t see coming is the foreigner making her a job offer any sane person would refuse. So, she takes it. She thinks she’s headed for some third-world country; instead she’s mysteriously transported to an Earth-like parallel world. That’s a mad left-hook.
Mia discovers a matriarchal dystopia where freedom doesn’t exist and fighting for it means execution. Lethal force bends all to the law; women fear for their families and un-wed men suffer slavery. Mia’s job is to train an underground syndicate of male freedom-fighters for a violent revolution. However, the guys don’t want a pair of X chromosomes showing them the way.
Eben, an escaped slave, is encouraged by Mia to become a leader among the men. But when he turns his quiet determination on her, it spells F.U.B.A.R. for cynical Mia. Their unexpected connection threatens more than her exit strategy; it threatens the power struggle festering with in the syndicate.
Haunted by nightmares and post-traumatic stress, unsure who to trust or how to get home, Mia struggles to stay alive as she realises all is not what it seems.
About the author:
All my life I’ve dreamed of stories or have had my nose buried in one. I live in Edmonton, Canada with my husband and my weird sense of humour. Across the Wire is my first novel.
I love old war movies, dystopian fiction, and any story with action, a good plot, and characters I’d get into a fight at the pub for. Not that I’m a brawler or anything. Unless you think that out-of-print book or vintage piece at the thrift shop is going home with you instead of me. Then, my friend, the gloves are off.
Some say if you have your nose buried in a book, you’re missing out on life. I say my nose is buried in a book because one life is not enough.
Society is turned on its head with this offering from Telleria. Where women are top of the social ladder and men are to serve and satisfy women, Gaia is a far cry from Mia’s home city of San Francisco. This is a brilliant and different read and I really enjoyed all that ‘Across the Wire’ had to offer.
The idea of an alternate universe was a little bit unbelievable and what I found to be one of the weakest links in the story. However, Telleria doesn’t turn this into a massive plot feature and once Mia has accepted her new surroundings, readers are offered a different and unique setting. Gaia appears more technologically advanced with hover cars and using green energy sources, but its methods of crime and punishment are quite archaic, with Mia witnessing an execution with her first visit to the city. I would have liked to learn more about the city and how society really works, so I am hoping this features in the next book of this series.
Mia used to be in the United States Marine Corps and this military background shapes the plot and her time on the Ant Hill as she trains men to resist against female supremacy. There is a lot of focus on the training she delivers and readers are given snapshots into her disturbed past. I liked the way that Telleria gave readers small insights into Mia’s past as we are encouraged to piece together why she finds it so difficult to settle down and make friends with her recruits.
The plot switches between Mia and one of her recently rescued recruits, Eben. I found this narrative shift gave the plot more depth, particularly as each character is interpreting the other’s actions. Indeed, there are a lot of suggestions about character motivations on the Ant Hill and I found myself desperate to learn more about such hidden agendas. Unfortunately for me, Telleria did not reveal this in ‘Across the Wire’ which clearly provides more fuel for the next book!
I really enjoyed reading this novel. It is different from anything I have read recently and this I found refreshing. I liked this unusual plot and the excitement and depth that Telleria provides has left me keen to learn what happens next to Mia and Eben. A great read.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The writer, Stella Telleria, is giving away a signed print copy of ‘Across the Wire’ and a swag-bag. This competition is open to the United Kingdom, United States and Canada and closes on 21st April 2014. Click here to enter. Good luck!
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