An electronic copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
Summary (via Goodreads):
In the year 2050, a secret government study nicknamed Operation Source Code injects eight volunteers with a retrovirus. The goal? To abate the energy crisis by reprogramming human DNA to power personal electronic devices. The experiment works but with disastrous consequences.
Seventeen years later, Lydia Troyer is far from concerned with the energy crisis. Growing up in the isolated community of Hemlock Hollow, life hasn’t changed much since 1698 when her Amish ancestors came to America. She milks her cow by hand, bakes fresh bread every morning, and hopes to be courted by Jeremiah, the boy who’s been her best friend since she could walk.
But when Lydia’s father has a stroke and is taken to the outside world for medical treatment, Lydia and Jeremiah leave home to visit him. An ordinary light switch thrusts Lydia into a new world where energy is a coveted commodity and her own personal history makes her the most sought-after weapon on the planet
Grounded had a really interesting concept of a society only using green energy and the ramifications of this on an economy that is structured around fuel. Granted, these issues are the back story and only mentioned briefly. The story is based on this concept and takes place in a ‘recovering’ world. Electricity is portioned out and the worst type of crime is stealing it. the Amish live on the outside of this society. Their lives are not altered much and this is where the main character, Lydia, lives.
She is instantly likeable with her innocence and pure outlook of the world. The author does a fair job of giving the reader a good idea of how her life has been up to where the story takes off and you have a sense of her closeness to the people around her. The story changes pace when Lydia and Jeremiah choose to go on their rumsringa, a year in the outside world.
When on the outside she accidentally sets off a horrible chain reaction in calling electricity to hers body. This sets the stage for a whirlwind of events and sadly this is when my detachment began. Any bits that seemed original were no longer touched upon and it became very similar to other books I’ve read. She meets a mysterious boy that seems to be able to harness electricity just like her, enter love triangle. They have an electric connection–figuratively and literally.
I was excited to see that Grounded took place in an Amish community just because I’ve not read a book that did. Once the story really took off it morphed into any other paranormal young adult book I’ve read. Though no other elements stood out the writing was well done and this was in no way a poor book, just not something I feel overly invested in.