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Brilliantly Crafted Post Ecological Apocalypse Novel
Seed is a brilliantly crafted post-ecological apocalypse novel set in the 22nd century where the starving remnants of humanity are dependent on the Satori corporation, which produces the seeds that can withstand the harsh c...
Seed is a brilliantly crafted post-ecological apocalypse novel set in the 22nd century where the starving remnants of humanity are dependent on the Satori corporation, which produces the seeds that can withstand the harsh climate that has turned most of North America into a barren wasteland during the summer, and a freezing tundra during the winter. Most of the population has become seasonal migrants, moving from north to south and planting and harvesting crops as the weather allows before having to move on. Everyone, including the small and ineffective U.S. government based in New D.C. (the old D.C. is under water) is dependent upon Satori, who is much more than a corporation who specializes in genetically altered seeds. Satori is interested in genetic engineering and evolving life-forms much more hardy than the human race. Satori itself, based in the ruined city of Denver, is a massive bioengineered dome of fleshy walls and bone pillars, which hides many secrets, which I will not spoil here. The Satori biodome is the most fantastical element in this science fiction novel, and sheer originality of it gave me great respect for Zeigler as a writer, though his greatest strength appears to be writing memorable characters.
The book focuses on three storylines: a Mexican-American teenager nicknamed Brood (real name Carlos) who is a survivor in every sense of the word; Agent Doss, a six foot tall black woman who works for Sec Serv after a distinguished military career in Special Ops; and a matched pair of genetically altered post-humans, Sumedha and Pihadassa, who are the Designers of the seeds produced by the Satori corporation.
Brood’s storyline is the most bleak and poignant. He and his autistic little brother, Pollo, and their guardian, a grizzled old rogue, Hondo scrape and steal their way across the dustbowl of the Southwest trying not to get killed or starve along the way. Brood’s story is gut wrenching and pulls you inside the horrific world of ecological collapse, and survival of the fittest. I cared so much about what happened to him, and that is the mark of brilliant writing. Brood is a doting brother, a silent killer with a conscience, and young man in love with Rosa Lee, a beautiful Tewa Indian girl he dreams of starting a life with someday. Brood felt like such a real person, and I rooted for him along every step. I’m never going to forget him, and he epitomizes everything that is ruthless and beautiful in human nature.
After reading Seed, I am once again reminded about why I’m so in love with books. I went on such an awesome journey and it made me think a lot more about the pitfalls of genetically engineered foods, (and life-forms), as well as the very real possibility of ecological collapse in the future.
I became obsessed with reading Seed. I could not wait to read more of it, and burned through it, finishing in a short span, two and half days, and when I was not reading, I was thinking about the book and the characters. The story has some excellent twists and is going to stick with me for a long time. I look forward to Zeigler’s next novel with much anticipation.
SEED is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Paul Genesse Author of the Iron Dragon Series and Editor of the Crimson Pact Series
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Posted August 29, 2012
Posted May 8, 2012
Not Very Believable
A bleak story about the future of the United States after massive climate changes that bring famine to the land. I found it necessary to completely suspend belief in order to enjoy the story, which also has too many editing errors. Many Spanish phrases and sentences that require a knowledge of that language, or a good Spanish/English dictionary. 2-stars.
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Posted June 14, 2014
I could only read the first 11 pages. The author is a caucasian
I could only read the first 11 pages. The author is a caucasian living in Colorado who knows Spanish, so he put a lot of Spanish dialect in his book, and made most of the characters Spanish. It was hard to read because the first thing I realized is that the author assumes that when there is an ecological apocalypse - everyone who survives will be Spanish - and still use Spanish slang. It's just not realistic. The second thing I realized was his terrible sentence structure. The book dialogue had a terrible flow (which was what made me put it down), and it was very apparent that he spent more time trying to create his own writing style than getting the point across. I can't read a book when I have to think about all of this while trying to read a book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2012