Seed is beautifully written, achingly tense, and undoubtably creepy.

Seed is beautifully written, achingly tense, and undoubtably creepy.

This contemporary coming of age tale is set in a cult and the delicately sinister tone is palpable.  It starts with the protagonist being placed in an underground chamber as part of a ritual rite of passage towards womanhood.  And you thought that film in sixth grade PE was a horrifying introduction to adulthood!  If you like realistic and subtle horror, you can’t go wrong with this book.  

 Pearl has lived her entire life in love, happiness, and harmony in Seed. As she reaches womanhood and the prospect of becoming Poppa S’s companion, things begin to change. New arrivals at Seed and the trickle of knowledge about the outside world force Pearl to reevaluate the life and customs she has always embraced. The prose flows beautifully and is an interesting part of the veil that lightly covers the dark truth that readers know is just beneath the surface. Suspenseful and surprising. It reminded me of another book, Living Dead Girl, not because of situation, but because of the way the tension built with each page and made me afraid to keep reading but unable to stop reading at the same time. Suggestions of sexual abuse make this most appropriate for grades 9+.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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