All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.
At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S’s companion. She feels excitement... and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community — particularly the teenage son, Ellis — only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant.
Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of the publisher.
Seed was extremely well-written and intriguing. I had few expectations so I wasn’t sure if this was a dystopian, paranormal or plain fiction book at first. The build initially was a little slow, but once it got going I was swept into the story and couldn’t put it down. There was a creep factor at a certain point as you started to try to read it, so prepare for that.
I think the most impressive aspect of the book was the way that Heathfield explains how and why everyone believes in the truths that are presented to them. It’s easy to see how someone could get swept away in everything even if initially it seems ridiculous from the outside.
I’d definitely recommend this one!
Warning: Contains sexual content and violence.
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? Folks looking for a psychological thriller/mystery.