My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Until learning what S actually stood for in the cult leader's name, I though it could have been Satan. That guy was messed up.
Thank you, Netgalley and Running Press Kids, for this free book to review!
All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.Other reviewers said Seed brought nothing new to the table of cult books, but as this is the first one I've read, I was thoroughly scared the whole time and thought the pacing was fine. Lisa Heathfield does not waste her words! Every scene had something big going on. I can't stop thinking about how Papa S said the honey was poisonous and only the heathens had the antidote, so the cult members weren't allowed to have any. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but it adds another layer to the deceit.
At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S’s companion. She feels excitement... and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community — particularly the teenage son, Ellis — only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant.
Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface.
|I love honey. I want to keep bees someday.|
I absolutely cannot wait until the nest book comes out. Unfortunately, I have a wait a while for the sequel!
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Violence: B or C
Sexual Content: B or C