Today I am going to post a book review on Seed by Lisa Heathfield. I am very excited to write this because I have quite a lot of things to say regarding the book, and I haven’t written a review in a long time. I am writing this post during my free period, so I am going to try and squeeze it all out in 50 minutes, wish me luck! (this book review is spoiler free)
The Blurb (because thinking of one yourself is hella hard, also the Goodreads description kinda sucks)
Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go.
The Kindreds tell Pearl and so she does.
Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S.
But when a new boy from the Oustide arrives, Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late.
First things first, I absolutely love this cover! The amazing colour theme is, well, amazing, and the fact that the book has a shiny texture makes me want to stare at it for hours at a time. Now onto the real review starting with the characters.
I disliked the main character, Pearl, she was stubborn and naïve, and I have the feeling she stopped the story from moving along. But even though I didn’t like her (and I actually think you are not supposed to), I do believe she was the perfect narrator for this story. And that is the thing about this book, you are bound to hate some of the characters (and their traits), but they are all there for a reason (and fit the story perfectly). I really loved Papa S, the Kindreds and Kate. The first two are amazing baddies, they made my toes curl, and Kate reminded me of what I would do if I was a resident at Seed.
This book has a very dark story, it starts off happy at the seemingly perfect, always cheerful community of Seed. But because of the writing style and the voice of Pearl, you quickly start noticing that something is wrong. For the first part of the book, you just can’t figure out what that thing is, even though the uncanny feeling and the dark history of Seed keep popping up and start underlying everything. The little fragments (which are amazing, by the way) from the perspective of one other member, boosts the creepiness factor a lot.
This book has a slow pace, instead of making me feel like it’s running off a hill with two jets attached to the pages, it gives me a feeling it’s walking, nay, trudging through the story. Despite this, I couldn’t stop reading, because of the sense of wrongness in the book and wanting to find out where it comes from.
But after a while, in combination with the pace of the plot, the story starts to get repetitive. Because of Pearl’s character traits, you still don’t know what has happened and is happening at Seed, and no big event takes place other than Pearl getting mad at Ellis all the time. And it stays like this for 75% of the book, needless to say it drove me crazy (I wanted to stop reading but the story remained addictive, *AAAARRGG*). Don’t get me wrong, the story needed to be boring at times and not make sense in order to make it good, BUT WHY SO LONG?
When stuff finally did start happening, it disappointed me, I love the mystery behind Seed, but the way I found out was meh, and the ending was awful.
Another thing I don’t like about this book is that there is going to be a part two. The things that are supposed to happen in that sequel, would have easily fitted in this part. In fact, I even expected them to happen.
The world building was great, and it was cool to see Seed from Pearl’s perspective, whilst knowing what she saw wasn’t true and having a different opinion myself. And when she finally started to realise that this was the case, I actually did a happy dance in my room, the story finally could move on! Unfortunately the book was nearly over and the only thing left was a shitty ending and a second book which shouldn’t be there in the first place. But the place Lisa Heathfield created felt very real to me, even though the chances of it existing are slim.
All in all I liked the story of Seed, but I believe the execution could have been done a lot better. I don’t think I’ll be reading part two. My rating for this book is three out of five stars.
Hope you enjoyed this rather long review, I have written it in exactly 50 minutes, making it the quickest review I have ever written (and also the longest). So kudos to you if you made it this far and I hope you enjoyed!
P.S Lisa Heathfield, the author of this book, favorited a tweet of mine on twitter a few days ago!
P.S.2 I have a twitter, go follow me there for updates about my blog, quotes, and loads of ramblings about it being Friday or me wanting it to be Friday. Although I don’t think Lisa will be favoriting one of my tweets any time soon, oops, sorry Lisa.