Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go.
Fifteen-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
I hadn't heard anything about Seed until I requested on impulse from NetGalley, since then I have seen it pop up in my local bookstores and heard a lot more buzz surrounding it. I still only managed to get around to reading it recently and actually I was surprised. It was a nice little read that didn’t absolutely blow me away or put anything new into the genre but I definitely enjoyed reading Pearl's story.
The story starts out in a way that gripped me, with Pearl getting her firstly monthly bleed and becoming a woman, that means that she can now become the companion of the cult leader Papa S. Pearl is young and innocent and they get no education in Seed, so she doesn't actually know what being Papa S's companion actually means.
Enter Ellis, the obligatory love interest/the guy who comes in and mixes things up. He's from the outside, so he finds the innocent beliefs of those at Seed absolutely hilarious to start with. Then he realises that things are more creepy than they appear and he tries to warn them, but the kids at Seed have been well and truly brainwashed.
The pace of Seed was glacial at times, letting us see tiny bits of Pearl's beliefs changing, Ellis and Pearl's relationship developing and things moving along slowly. That made the ending pretty annoying because that moved super fast and I think it could have been extended a little - no need for the rush.
The events of the end were still great though and really went to prove our thoughts on Seed and Papa S. I wanted a happily ever after, but it was never going to e 100% happy. Still, it ended with hope for Pearl no matter how much heart ache she went through.
Overall, Seed was a great book which followed a pretty typical arc but still managed to keep me interested, despite the slow pace at times. I would definitely read more books by this author.
Overall Rating: B
Book released December 2014 by Booktrope publishing
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review