Germination (Feast of Weeds Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 28, 2015
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- Publisher : Igneous Books (February 28, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 94 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0692384189
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692384183
- Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.24 x 8.5 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#5,820,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #29,002 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Books)
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In Germination, Thornton takes you on a journey through the eyes of a homeless blogger- Mary. Mary has been surviving the streets for years now alongside her makeshift family of other teens lost to the underground world. They are her friends, her family, her life. But when she gets attacked by a crazed man while trying to save her group, Mary might become the monster herself.
While Thornton's promise of a great post apocalyptic thriller, it just missed the mark for me. I wanted to be riveted, sitting on the edge of my seat reading while chaos, destruction and disease wrapped itself within the crevices of my mind. It just didn't. The book was good, something I'd pick up and read as convenience allows, but not something I couldn't put down at any point. I do think Thornton shows great promise as an author, but just needs to step up her game a bit to really set that spark alive for this book.
I don’t want to spoil too much, because the novella has some really interesting twists. It focuses on a homeless teen, Mary, and her band of fellow runaways. This isn’t the boxcar children, covered with a veneer of wholesomeness. Mary and her friends know how to survive on the streets, and it isn’t always pretty. I don’t know much about homeless teens, but it feels like the author did her research. Mary’s blog posts about how to get by, while cheeky, had that touch of realism.
The virus enters pretty early on in the story, in a heart-stopping and horrific way. The action runs quickly from there, making this story hard to put down. The camaraderie between the kids made me really invested in their fates. They felt like their own little unconventional family, and you’re pulling for them the whole time to make it through okay.
I’m really excited for the rest of the books (and longer ones!). I love a good apocalyptic tale, and this is shaping up to be a great one.
If you like: viruses run rampant, apocalyptic stories, gritty young adult fiction, realistic teenaged characters, learning how homeless kids get by on the street, action with heart
I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
Very interesting and well written.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is only 92 pages long, and most short stories always fall short on character development, but not this one. I'm a stickler for well rounded, believable characters and I loved every one in the gang, and they all played their part in the 'family' dynamic.
If you enjoy a zombie story with great group dynamics and believable characters, then this is for you. I shall definitely be downloading the sequel.
I thought it was a really good start and I am looking forward to reading the next book.