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.