Sunday, 19 April 2015

Seed by Lisa Heathfield

SeedFifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. 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.

Seed is so different from any other book I've ever read. It was refreshing and informative whilst providing shocks around every corner. So, thank you to Electric Monkey for sending me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Pearl, at 15, she has never left Seed, which is where everyone in the cult lives. Everything about the cult, from both an outside perspective, and the perspective of Pearl is very strange. Papa S, their leader, has somewhat brainwashed his followers into believing that if you do something bad, then nature will harm you. Originally this does not sound so bad, compared to the beliefs a typical cult may have. But it soon becomes shocking to see how manipulated these characters are, for example, how they are not allowed to feel pain or sadness and therefore crying is punished.

This is just the tip of the iceberg though, and as the book progresses, things get a lot darker. Early on into the book we are told about how Papa S elects from the cult female "companions", and it is implied that the men also do this too. The most disturbing aspect of this is that people actually want to be Papa S' companion as they feel like it is such a high position.  Pearl is included in this number and all I wanted to do was scream at her and make her realised how wrong everything about this aspect of a Seed was. It was hard to read. But that's the beauty of Heathfield's writing.

Pearl is a character who is easily likeable, but incredibly naive. As she has never left Seed, there is so much she doesn't know, and it is great to see her character development as along with Kate and Jack, their beliefs are shattered by the horrifying truth behind everything they have ever known.

If you want a book that is slow paced but has you in the edge of your seat, hooked on every word, then Seed by Lisa Heathfield is for you.
Holly x

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