Rated 4.88/5 based on 8 reviews
Paula has grown up in the Neutral Territory and has never known a time without the neighboring Wildlands as a threat. Her government does what it can to protect her people, but they still live in fear.

Then one night Paula's mother is arrested, and Paula is banned to the Wildlands. Now she must make a new life for herself in a territory of people she knows will not be welcoming. More

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About N.M. Martinez

N.M. Martinez lives with her boyfriend and their two cats in Monterey Bay. She harbors a not so secret crush on Isaac Asimov, loves comic books, and enjoys playing old school games.

Her main project right now is the Ruin Series which will be a series of stand alone stories that will be linked through common characters and crossover moments between stories.

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Kurt Hartwig reviewed on Jan. 7, 2013

A solid read. Lots of great world-building and a slow-build plot with fantastic use of POV to keep the reader in suspense. Bought THE TWO BROTHERS as a result.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Pepe Sanchez reviewed on Aug. 29, 2012

Got to read this from a friend. It was so good that I just had to come back and support this great work by buying my own copy.

I hope to see more of this writer.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Bob Craton reviewed on June 21, 2012

I like this book a lot. I agree completely with the positive comments made in earlier reviews regarding the author's creation of characters. The transition of the protagonist, Paula, from terrified girl to capable young women is exceptional. I recommend the book highly.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
kelley rogers reviewed on Feb. 4, 2012

This was an interesting concept on human relations with others that have exceptional abilities. It also takes a look at people that are so called "outcasts" are viewed by the bulk of society in this fictional book. You also begin to imagine and compare how there are some ways in which certain groups of people are really treated in actual life.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Ashlee Scheuerman reviewed on Jan. 21, 2012

A brilliant and vivid world is born in "Ruin". The characters are portrayed in a way which makes you eager to follow their journey, drawing you through an exciting tale of self-discovery for main character, Paula, and revealing a world which is far more than it seems from the outside. This book perfectly sets up a world which I will gladly immerse myself in again and again.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Kara-Jane LaVoisne reviewed on Sep. 6, 2011

Ms. Martinez has done a wonderful job creating an apocalyptic world that is easy to visualize. Her story is in the viewpoint of Paula, an innocent girl whose eyes are being opened about the politics of things around her and she learns that things she learned are not necessarily reality or right. The reader is drawn into Paula’s life, her confusion, fear, and eventual understanding of many aspects of the world around her.

I am looking forward to reading more stories by this author.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Rachel Baker reviewed on Sep. 6, 2011

Ruin is a wonderful story for many reasons. One thing I love about it is that the world in which it takes place feels fully formed and so large--it has its own history and mythology. The story is mostly told in first person, from the viewpoint of Paula--the person who probably knows the least about what is really going on. As a result, the reader learns two versions of the history of the conflicts between the Neutrals and the Wildlanders all at once--the half-truths and lies that Paula learned in her Neutral life, and the version of events from the perspective of the Wildlanders. Another thing that I love about this story is the time and care that is taken with the characters. They are truly distinct and the attention that is paid to small details and mannerisms makes them seem very real. I also love how the author describes some of the feelings, actions, and sounds. The thought put into these really allows you to slip into Paula's mindset and to experience some of what she is feeling, and that is something that I love the most about reading stories told in the first person. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Margaret Hodgson reviewed on Sep. 3, 2011

This is the story of Paula's opportunity to grow up, see the world more nearly as it is and understand people, especially family a bit more. The story unfolds slowly from her point of view and you feel as she did - understanding how knowledge comes slowly. I enjoyed this and found the world outside the Neutral Territory to be intriguing if rather violent. I wonder if we'll hear more of it.

The characters were definitely more gray than plain black or white which made for a much more interesting storyline.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

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