Oct 10, 2009: Summary: Lilith has lived underground for her whole life. After getting tickets to a show Above Ground, a freak accident sends her left alone with no way home. She meets a werewolf, who saves her life and now she has to find her way back home, if only things were that simple.
Likes: The story starts straight into the action and doesn’t stagnate like most stories of this type. It didn’t really pick up for me until Lilith was on her own and the twist came to the story. The writing and the potential this story kept me reading it through to the most current chapter posted. The writing is solid and doesn’t spend several paragraphs explaining the world. We are learning things along with Lilith, but the author doesn’t stop the action by bogging the story down with backstory. I’m interested to see how the werewolf pack politics come into play and whether Lilith can deal with them. There seems to be a bigger story building and I’m curious to see where it goes. The story seems to have a little romance brewing, I can deal with that as long as it doesn’t take priority to the overall plot.
Dislikes: There’s not much that I don’t like. The story has just taken off and so far there isn’t much posted. I agree with some of the other readers that the sense of wonder about the Above Ground world seems to be lost. Lilith is a little too well adjusted so far, but I think it beats being skittish like other heroines in the genre. I wonder if there can be some sort of balance, since she is new to the world and hasn’t seen this before.
Overall: I don’t really care about the types of creatures that one has featured in their stories, just as long as their interesting and the story is well written and fun to read. This story is fun to read and I’m curious to know how things pan out for Lilith. This is going into my RSS feed, which means I really enjoyed it.
Jul 30, 2009: I am finding Above Ground to be a real page-turner, the sort of story you can’t step away from until you reach the end.
The story follows its main protagonist, Lilith, as she steps out of her subterranean world for the first time in her life. Visiting the surface world for a show, she soon finds herself running for her life.
The initial chapters of heart-pounding terror segue nicely into an adventure tale, slowly unfolding both the parts of the world the protagonist already knows – why humans live beneath the ground now, some of the horrors that exist above ground – with the rules, mores, and creatures that rule the world above ground.
The only thing that took me out of the story at all were a few brief moments where I wondered how a seemingly sheltered girl was adapting this quickly to a new world. All in all, though, I found the world unfolding in my mind very clearly, and I will wait impatiently for the next update.
Jul 31, 2009: I’m not much of a review writer, so please bear with me. Also, I agree wholeheartedly with Lyn Thorne-Alder’s review of the story.
"Above Ground" is a familiar yet distinct fantasy world. Sci-fi and fantasy readers know what to expect from werecreatures, vampires, and witches. A. M. Harte does a wonderful job exploring human and humanoid interactions and the nuances of their cultures. I’m enjoying the world-building as much the protagonist Lilith’s adventure. Harte drops enough hints to keep my curiosity piqued without leaving me frustrated. I’m looking forward to more!