April 01, 2014

Blog Tour: Across the Wire by Stella Telleria (Xpresso Book Tours)

Across the Wire by Stella Telleria
Publication date: November 4th 2013
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction

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 realizes all is not what it seems.



Though I didn’t fall head over hills in love with Across the Wire, I did enjoy it!

I found the concept fascinating, and that’s the main reason I kept reading Across the Wire. It was interesting to see a take on gender reversal in a dystopian/sci-fi setting. Though it was obviously an extreme mirror of our society, it still made me ponder the similarities and I really enjoyed that.

I thought the characters were well done. Mia was both tough and soft, but I liked that she didn’t let either side control her. She was practical and that was an important trait for her situation. I liked Eben and the rest of the men as well, and I liked how believable their mentality was from living in this alternate world. Their world may be very different than ours, but it’s also very similar in a lot of ways and I think it could have easily gotten cheesy, but it didn’t.

This is the first time I’ve read an adult dystopian that didn’t involve zombies, and I’m glad I picked it up! If you’re like me and getting a little burned out on the YA dystopian genre (sorrynotsorry), then I’d recommend you give this one a shot! Same flavor with more maturity!


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 humor. 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.


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  1. This does sound really interesting and I also have never read this genre as an adult book - I've only read PNR/UF as adult actually. Glad you liked it, Amanda!

  2. Thank you so much for being a part of the tour and for reading Across the Wire, Amanda.

  3. Thanks for this great giveaway!! Your blog and the books look very good!!

  4. Cool Cover! Thanks for having the giveaway.


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