July 24, 2012 by Alice in Readerland
“The mission of Eden must be fulfilled and Eden’s best Seekers are needed. Forming a new group they dub the Seeders, Fi, Asher, and Sean are joined by a new addition as they set out to bring hope and support to the Topsiders in the form of radios and heirloom seeds. Their experiences Topside prepare them for the threat from marauding gangs they call Lobos, but it is a different, less obvious sort of threat that takes them by surprise. As radio broadcasts begin to reconnect Eden and the Topsiders, the Seeders stumble upon mysterious broadcasts from unknown stations. When two of their own new radio stations go silent within days of each other, Fi and her companions realize that something is terribly wrong. Eden finds itself pitted against a growing and unknown force as their very mission lights the flames of war.”
Title: Seeds of War (Book #2 in the Eden’s Root Trilogy)
Author: Rachel E. Fisher
Publishing Date: July 16th 2012
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
As soon as I finished reading the Eden’s Root (book #1 in the Eden’s Root Trilogy) surprise ending that left me open-mouthed, I knew that Seeds of War would be one of the highlights of my summer. All our favorite characters are back: power couple Fi and Asher (They met in the middle of a gang-fight. With psychopaths. When Fi had a .22 aimed at Asher’s head. But there’s more to the story…) as well as Sean and Sarah (Sean backs Sara with her need to become a Seeker to understand Sean, experience the danger, and see what’s outside of Eden. But what shocks everyone is the new Sarah who’s ready to fight).
What I love most about this book is how it completely sucks you in. From the very first page, you’re caught in an exciting moment with the characters, which not only describes where they are and who they are, but reveals what the situation is and what the characters have been working for. Fi, Asher, Sean, and Sarah start off as Seekers, people who venture out to get needed supplies. But soon, they’re turned into Seeders, with the task of delivering heirloom seeds to other groups as well as trying to reconnect everyone. Along the way, they come face to face with the vicious Lobos and make a shocking discovery about a man making mysterious broadcasts. There are so many twists and turns in this action-packed sequel.
Rachel does such a good job with the element of mystery. When Fi first hears Dr. Carter Lawson broadcast over the radio, he’s talking about how God is to blame for the famine, which disturbs her enough. But when he starts specifically mentioning the Seeders in his broadcasts, and urging people to reject the heirloom seeds, Fi sees that he has something ominous planned. The discovery made about the doctor about halfway through the book is both utterly shocking and brilliant. It’s the kind of genius twist that gives you just enough to be satisfied yet leaves you curious to learn more.
The whole chapter—Who Are You Really?—was amazing; I definitely didn’t guess who the doctor really was. (Speaking of plot points I didn’t see coming, wait until you find out the real reason the whole famine started! You’ll be as shocked as Fi!)
This second book answers so many questions and presents many more. We get to explore Sarah’s character, see Fi and Asher’s relationship progress (quite a bit *hint*), find out why the famine started, and discover who Dr. Carter Lawson is. But we’re also faced with the upcoming battle, leaving us wondering what will happen and if everyone can be reconnected. Needless to say, I am eagerly anticipating the next installment in this trilogy!
Seeds of War is a fantastic addition to the Eden’s Root Trilogy, fans of the first book will devour the second…And if you haven’t read the first book of the trilogy yet, then what are you waiting for?
5 out of 5 teacups
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