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The Cloud Seeders Paperback – July 20, 2012
Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
"For those who have had the privilege of reading Portland, Oregon writer James Zerndt's second novel THE KOREAN WORD FOR BUTTERFLY then the magic he weaves so successfully in his debut novel THE CLOUD SEEDERS will come as no surprise: it is every bit as satisfying a read as his other book." -Grady Harp, Amazon TOP 50 REVIEWER/VINE VOICE/HALL OF FAME REVIEWER
"Every once in a while I read a book I will never forget. James Zerndt's THE CLOUD SEEDERS, a post-apocalyptic saga set in a drought-plagued future, is one of those books." - kacunnin, AMAZON TOP 500 REVIEWER
"I won't beat around the bush, this is good work. The allure for this reader is the attention to detail used beyond description; with detail the writer creates mood and evokes feelings. Included is one of the best short erotic scenes I've read. The structure is so beautifully complex; I can see teachers of creative writing using it as a model." -AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL EXPERT REVIEW
Author James Zerndt has created an all too believable world that could well be ripped from the headlines just a couple of decades from now. Deftly crafting an engaging novel that will grip the readers attention from beginning to end, "The Cloud Seeders" is thoughtful, thought-provoking, and solidly entertaining. Making it highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Contemporary Fiction collections.
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Top Customer Reviews
The characters are well drawn and the storyline of a green-is-good/save the water world gone terribly awry, is very intriguing. I especially enjoyed the relationship between the brothers which I found true to life and funny even when the situation was tense. The underlying love story between Jerusha and Thomas, Thomas and Dustin, and the Boys and their parents was very rewarding as well, as each subtly grew in their own way as the story progressed.
I also found myself looking forward to reading the poetry between each chapter....very creative and well worth reading for the poetry itself. I could definitely see them making this book into a movie and it would be fun to see how they incorporate the poetry.
Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read with a slightly different storyline, great writing and great characters.
I liked how the author built the atmosphere with its ever-present sense of thirst and drought. The parched descriptions were clear and pervasive, firmly placing the reader in the setting created. I could almost smell the dust as I turned the pages. It made me want to reach for my chapstick and a water bottle.
Additionally, I liked the political ambiguity in the story. Many post-apocalyptic or dystopian books smack you with a message...blare it from left or right. However, this one did not fall into stereotypes. It largely placed the characters beyond such things while not ignoring the politics in the background.
I also appreciated how well drawn the main character, Thomas, was. I really got a sense of him and how fiercely he loved the people who mattered to him. A bit of an underdog, he was an eighteen-year-old boy, forced by circumstance and the loss of his parents, to shoulder a huge amount of responsibility. He struggled thoughout the book to take care of his little brother and do right by the girl he loves, and I enjoyed getting to spend time in his head...along for the ride as he beat the odds.
I noted that some categorized this book as 'Young Adult'. While it might, at first glance, seem to fit into that category with it's young protagonist, it did not feel like a book written for teens.Read more ›
--Jonathan Harris, author of The Wave That Did Not Break.
Overall, I'd probably recommend this as an YA novel.
But overall, a nice read.
Maybe I'm biased coming from having just read some amazing series written by extremely accomplished authors.
There are a couple of plot holes, such as them stopping off at a small lake that's 'off the map.' The main premise of this story is that the government has very tight control over the country's water supplies; there shouldn't be anything like this that's accessible to 'civilians.' The characters do grow and change because of their experiences and there are a couple of good supporting characters. There is enough intrigue and misdirection to keep readers wanting to know what happens next to our heroes.
I didn't assume this was a YA book but I think it would be suitable for mature middle-school readers, although there is some profanity and a sex scene that's more implied than detailed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very realistic plot. The main characters were young but they were strong and lovable. It seems like this plot is already here.Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
What happens when the rain stops. When water is more precious than gold. This story answers those questions while looking at the relationship between two brothers and young love.Published 23 days ago by elana b.
I'm not usually a fan of dystopian worlds, but this one got me! Well written and tantalizing, answering just enough questions in each chapter to satisfy me, while asking new ones... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Megara Smith
This is the story of a young man, his girlfriend, and his younger brother. They live in an America that is in a massive drought, and water is a precious commodity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pinesoldiers
It's a little bit frightening to think... This could be a reality some day. We could literally run out of water.
This is the third book I've read by James Zernt. Read more
A fun story that started a little slow, but developed into a great story pretty fast. I have read a lot of environmental disaster stories, but this was a totally new concept. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Environmental dangers, such as recent droughts on the west coast, motivate many writers to explore futures where significant resources are scarce. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chanticleer Book Reviews
I got this book for a deal and didn't really read the description, just got it with a bunch of others for pretty cheap. Turns out this one is my favorite of the bunch!Published 3 months ago by Josaiah