Shocking and unnerving YA novel about a teenager’s realisation that her whole life is a lie.
Seed by Lisa Heathfield summary
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.
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Seed by Lisa Heathfield review
Thinking about this book gives me shivers, and I’m talking the kind of shivers you’d get if you found a spider on your pillow. That repulsed, completely creeped out feeling that leaves you unnerved for days.
Seed is a cult that Pearl has lived in her whole life. She knows no different, and has never questioned it. It’s only when a family from outside of Seed comes to join the community that Pearl discovers how unusual her life really is.
Papa S, Kindred Smith and Kindred John are the creepiest, most disgusting men I’ve ever read about. They’re the leaders of Seed and everyone idolises them, which is part of what makes Seed both difficult to read and addictive. You’ll wish you could shout through the pages to make Pearl and her friends realise how wrong it all is, and how naive they really are.
I can’t say that Seed is an enjoyable read, but it will certainly have you hooked. It’s nail-biting, and leads to an epic conclusion that I don’t think anyone will see coming. After this I needed to pick up a light and fluffy romance, that’s for sure!
**** 4/5 stars
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