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Heirloom (Seed Savers Book 3) by [Smith, S.]
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"Heirloom is a satisfying dystopian novel that younger fans of sci-fi will enjoy." - Portland Book Review

"likeable characters...natural and engaging dialogue throughout..."-Judge, 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards


"A creative, engaging, well written book series, that is filled with action, and a lot of  truth as it touches the very real issue of  preserving seeds from Greedy Corporate Seed Monopoly and understanding the importance of knowing how to grow our own healthy food. This book series is AWESOME!!!!!"- Rachel Parent, Teen Founder of Kids Right to Know


"... extremely fascinating. A wonderful book centered on faith, friendship, and independence, it's also a stern warning for people to wake up and pay attention to what's going on today with our food. I think this is  probably the most plausible premise for a dystopian novel I have read yet..." - Epic Book Quest 


"... for people who like books about the future." - San Francisco Kids Book Review






From the Author

You do not have to read the first two books in the series to enjoy Heirloom. They can be read in any order. Book 4, Keeper, is now available.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4365 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Sandra L. Smith; 2 edition (November 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GMVTHXW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In a grim future where food comes in packets and gardening is illegal . . .

Brother and sister, Clare and Dante, have escaped to Canada and are sent to live with the Woods, a wonderful couple who run an apple orchard. There they attend classes taught by the Garden Guardians, learning how to plant and cultivate real food.

They are also taught the history behind the laws that led to the modern type of “food”- unappetizing packets with names like “carbos” and “protein”. They learn about Nipungyo, a multi-national ag-biotech corporation which gained power through the development of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As the corporation grew in strength, it began prosecuting farmers and infiltrating the government, becoming inextricably linked with GRIM -the government agency that enforces anti-gardening laws.

Meanwhile, back in the States, their friend Lilly has run away from home. She makes her way south to Florida, hoping from there to find a way to Cuba, where she has heard her father is being imprisoned for leading a resistance against GRIM. Along the way, she must learn to gain strength from her own abilities, discovering who she is and who her true friends really are.

I found the basis for this book of the book extremely fascinating. A wonderful book centered on faith, friendship, and independence, it’s also a stern warning for people to wake up and pay attention to what’s going on today with our food. I think this is probably the most plausible premise for a dystopian novel I have read yet, (the parallels between Nipungyo and Monsanto are undeniable) and got so absorbed into the story that I read it all in one sitting.

Heirloom is a fantastic book written for MG/YA (though I’m an adult and thoroughly enjoyed it!).
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"I haven't been this in love with a young adult series since Harry Potter," I wrote after reading the first installment of the Seed Savers Series - Treasure - for the first time. Having now read the second and third installments - Lily and Heirloom - I can happily say that the statement still holds true.

No, there aren't wizards or magic. The adventure doesn't reach any of the same fantastical levels, but it is very epic. It is based in a truth that could easily lend itself to being our future. This dystopian society is so intense, because it's so plausible.

Treasure featured two runaway kids (Clare and Dante) after their discovery of the wonderful world of planting your own seeds and growing your own food, in a government where that is forbidden. They flee for their safety. They flee to learn more.

Lily is where you get to know another character, Clare and Dante's friend and fellow cohort in the Seed Saving excitement. In this book she blossoms before our eyes into less of a sidekick and more the hero. I was pleasantly surprised to find she had such a huge role in the story. She's not just the key to almost everything, but the narrator as well! Who knew?

After a long alienation from Clare and Dante, Smith is wise enough to bring us back and feed our curiosity. Heirloom is told back and forth between what's happening with Clare and Dante, and the world according to Lily. I loved this pattern for a third in a series. It wrapped up some loose ends, it led us into asking more questions, and we were able to adventure cross country and learn more about growing plants in a cozy environment in the same book. My brain needed this.
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I was thrilled to find this series for my tween son who loves nothing better than to help me in our large garden on a warm summer morning. It’s sufficiently scary for tweens without being overwhelmingly so. It’s definitely middle grade, but this adult has also enjoyed it immensely.

Heirloom continues a split story. Clare and Dante are living with a host family in Canada and taking advantage of that country’s freedom to learn all they can about gardening. While this story line is a bit slow, it does give some information about the history that led up to the present food situation in America. The politics are probably beyond most tweens—they’ll most likely gloss over it—but it makes logical sense to an adult and fills in some holes. The real excitement takes place in Lily’s half of the story. GRIM gets very close once again, and Lily’s not sure who to trust. She finally takes off on a personal mission of her own, much as Dante and Clare did, but in an entirely different direction and with an entirely different motive.

I love the premise of this series, and as a gardener I identify strongly with it. While I absolutely loved the smoothness of the story and the beautiful prose found in Lily, Heirloom had some rougher moments, particularly as Lily’s story is told in the first person. It’s more stylized, with more fragmented sentences and many, many phrases set off with commas, which portrays the tumultuous thoughts playing in her brain. I personally prefer the smoother beauty of a third person narrative. However, Heirloom is not lacking in truly artistic moments.

I was startled by several minor profanities this time around. I understand why they’re used. The character they are associated with is a rough, backwoodsy sort, and they fit him well.
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