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As if ripped from our present-day news cycle, The Seventh Seed is a novel filled with political intrigue and the manipulation of a futuristic government entity called LifeFarm.
Take a moment and think about the consequences for humanity if the world’s food supply was controlled by a single corporation. The opportunity for the oppression of regular people in the face of greed would be unprecedented. No one would be immune. Even the scientists would be under scrutiny.
So, when a young scientist named Javier, part of the team researching the beehive collapse across the world uncovers a virus carried by bugs that appear to be resistant to insecticides, you would assume this would be cause for celebration. However, LifeFarm doesn’t want the information on the virus or the vaccine to get out. Instead, Javier becomes a target, and his life is on the line.
The virus spreads and leads to the deaths of many. For Javier, the virus means that the possibility of developing a vaccine which would cure the sick now. With that purpose in mind, Javier sets off to develop a cure.
Hang on to your seat, because this book takes off in a whirlwind of drama and intrigue that doesn’t end until you read the last page. The Seventh Seed is a sequel to Maruska’s, The Fourth Descendent, but could stand alone as details from the first novel are skillfully intertwined into the second book. I loved the high-octane action, and the political conspiracy was well thought out.
There are a couple twists in this book I never saw coming which are always a pleasant surprise. If you love fast-paced mysteries filled with suspense, you’re going to love this book. I couldn’t put it down!
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars
*This book was provided for an honest review
When you hear ‘conspiracy theories’, people typically tend to think of the crazy people who like to wear tin foil hats that spew out all kinds of things. “Big brother is watching you”, “Aliens do exist” or “Big pharmaceutical companies have the law in their pocket”, things of that nature. What if, though, there was more to those so-called ‘conspiracy theories’ than meets the eye? What would you do if you found yourself inside of a massive public cover-up to keep the public from knowing who did what? I’m not a stranger to conspiracy theories, my husband loves them, and over time I have seen some wild ones; however, the story in The Seventh Seed by Allison Maruska provides the ultimate government and big pharmaceutical company working together cover-up.
The Seventh Seed is a standalone sequel to The Fourth Descendant, and in this book we follow Javier, who has gained some knowledge that LifeFarm- an all in one pharmaceutical and agricultural company- desperately wants to keep hidden from the public’s eyes. He has discovered a new type of insects and bugs that are pesticide resistant; but, it’s what they have evolved into that has causes for concern. The new superbugs are carriers of a virus that has no vaccine available. Javier tries to do the right thing in informing someone but it goes the opposite of how he envision it. Now he is being held captive and awaiting to be transported to a holding facility. After an incredible escape, he now has to find his way to a lab to look at the specimen’s that he has to create a vaccine. Along the way he meets some unlikely allies. What will happen to Javier and the Allies? Will the vaccine be the key to bringing down the corruption… will the vaccine even work? Pick up a copy of The Seventh Seed by Allison Maruska today, and find out for yourselves!
The Seventh Seed is the first book that I have read from Maruska, but it will not be the last. When I first started reading this book, I had no idea that this was a sequel because it read very well as a standalone. The story line is perfect, in my opinion, because conspiracy theories are tough to write in a convincing way- but Allison nailed it. It had the perfect balance of theory, people who question what they’re told and those who wish to do something about it. Timing is everything when it comes to taking down a big company like LifeFarm, one that has the government in their pocket, but the catalyst comes from an unlikely source, throwing long awaited plans into action that could possibly change the way things are, forever. I look forward to going back to read the first book, to find out where the chain of events in The Seventh Seed started at.
Seed is the standalone sequel to The Fourth Descendant, and despite not having read it, I was not at all lost or confused. Nor was I drowning in back story. In fact, I was rather intrigued to read the previous book and learn more about the characters who have clearly been up to some interesting things.
Seed is a well done conspiracy book. The historian in me has no problem believing it’s coming. After all similar things have happened more than once before. I don’t want to give away too much. Let’s just say many people in Seed have taken to heart Margaret Mead’s famous quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” It makes for compelling reading. I quickly became invested in the welfare of the characters.
A fun read with insidious ideas that linger.
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