Seed by Lisa Heathfield is a unique young adult book. The story revolves around Pearl and her life at the commune (a cult) called Seed. Their beliefs are based on Nature. That nature provides everything for them. They do not educate the children, doctors are bad/evil, the outside world is a harmful influence. However, they do sell produce and used cars to people outside the commune. Papa S. (Stephen) is the head of the communion and one of the girls is always his “companion”. Papa S. rules through fear, intimidation, and lies. When three new people are admitted to the commune, things start to change at Seed. Pearl always loved being at Seed and thought it was a wonderful life until she became a “woman” and the new people came to Seed. Pearl embarks on a journey of discovery. This is a young adult novel, but I do not think I would want anyone under the age of sixteen to read this book. While there are no explicit sex scenes, it is heavily implied. There is also murder, a “Jonestown” scene (if you do not know what this is, look it up on Bing), and physical abuse of an elderly person. Seed comes out on April 16, 2015. While the writing in this book is good, the subject matter is very disturbing which made it difficult to read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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