Reap (The Harvest Saga, #1)

Reap (The Harvest Saga, #1)

by Casey L. Bond

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Overview

The remnants of the United States of America have been divided.


From five enormous, technologically-advanced cities, the Greaters rule over the Lessers. In the Lesser village of Orchard, things are not as perfect as Abby Kelley thinks they are.

When the apple harvest draws near and the Greater's  engineered fruits become too much for one village to handle alone, reinforcements from neighboring villages are called upon. 


Having to choose between her best friend, whom she has no romantic feelings for, and mysterious newcomer Crew, Abby finds herself in the middle of a harvest that she had no intention of becoming a part of. 

She becomes involved in a situation that threatens the strict rule of the Greaters, and just might give the Lessers hope for a better tomorrow.  But, can she help the Lessers without losing Crew? And if she chooses Crew, will she lose her best friend?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151755030
Publisher: Casey L. Bond
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Series: The Harvest Saga , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,462
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

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Reap 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Lyss_C More than 1 year ago
*I was kindly gifted a copy of Reap to read in exchange for an honest review.* This book had me on a roller coaster of emotions. I was definitely surprised by some of the situations that arose and delighted to see how the story progressed. Abby is a great female lead, made of stern stuff due to her environment and her strong will to survive to fight for what she believes is right. Kyan and Crew were both interesting and had me rooting for them or against them at different times. There was one aspect of the plot that I felt was not unexpected at all and afraid it was going to be made into an overblown “Whaaaaaat, I NEVER would have suspected...” in the book, but turned out to have a bit more of a twist that kept it fresh and moving along. Actually, by the end of the book I felt like I had bounced around in my head changing my mind on what I thought I wanted to have happen so much that I wanted a break...of exactly 5 seconds before I get the second book in this series so I can see what happens next!! Trust me, you are not going to know what hit you with this one, and you will absolutely love it! The main drawback for me was the amount of typos within the book. I can easily read over typos without having it draw my attention away from the story, but when there are multiple sentences scattered throughout the book that are unfinished or contradictory/jumbled, it creates too much work having to figure out exactly what author was saying and pulls me out of the story.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the post-apocalyptic/dystopian theme, overcoming oppression/injustice, strong female leads, and a bit of a love triangle with 2 equally amazing male characters to choose between. Or anyone who just enjoys a great read, period. Happy Reading!
KatieC1 3 months ago
I loved this book. Made me think of Hunger Games. But in a new, different way. The heroine is brilliantly written. Love her spunk and fire. Different guys who care for her but who will she choose. You’ll have to read it to find out. Grab the series. Seriously. Weekend is here. Go...now.
Anonymous 5 months ago
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Good read can’t wait to read book 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it from the beginning of the end
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RayBear More than 1 year ago
In a society where people are divided into castes, Lessers and Greaters, Abby lives as a Lesser in a Lesser village: Orchard. Her life is simple: harvest from the orchard and work every day for the Greaters’ Good. She is content. She has her best friend Kyan and Lulu, the aunt that raised her. But the next harvest is too much for Orchard alone and more Lessers from surrounding villages are called in to help. Abby starts to fall for Crew from Cotton, but he isn’t all that he seems. Something is going on in Abby’s world and she’ll have to work out her feelings as well as work out what’s going on in Orchard. Like any other caste separated society in dystopian literature, Reap is the story of the special strong female chosen one, but the storytelling and writing style are excellent and very compelling. They pulled me right in and I purchased the entire trilogy before I’d even finished this first book. I loved all the details about the harvest and the apple orchards that really brought the town of Orchard to life. I wish there had been a bit more creativity and imagination in some of the naming, hence the town of “Orchard” but I was too mesmerized by the brewing trouble in town, the burgeoning romance between Abby and Crew, the complication that Kyan posed, and the greater mystery tied up in the Lesser towns. I loved how Abby was strong, resilient, and stubborn to the point of stupidity. Her pride is so strong it overwhelms others. She is special for a reason, being both Greater and Lesser and not just in the right place at the right time, though that does help. As with most YA books, I wish that females were not relegated into antiquated roles of society – the housewife and child bearer. Though the main character is the ‘strong female’ archetype, society at large is still somewhat sexist. The ending felt rushed, but I didn’t much care because I was able to pick the story right back up with book two…
BellesBeastlyBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The U.S.A crumbles and whatever is left is turned into a Monarchy, where Greaters rule and Lessers serve. Greaters give the Lessers enough materials and food to survive, but will that be enough. Abby has been in the dark most of her life, with her aunt, Lulu. The Greaters greedily take what they want, so now not only do Lessers have to harvest the engineered apples in the fields, but now they have to get reinforcements from other Lesser villages. Abby has been protecting many, but all it is doing is getting her hurt. When Greaters enter the village, secrets will be revealed and hearts will be broken. The Greaters are even more involved in bad stuff than ever thought. Abby is falling for Crew, but she will learn of his skeletons in the closets. To protect her best friend, Kyan and the rest of the village, Abby might have to sacrifice herself and others. Can Abby really hold the remains of the world on her shoulders? Who will Abby choose? Kyan or Crew? I really liked this book. I have never read a book with this concept before and it is very interesting. You will have to read the next book for some of your questions in this book to be answered, though. I was really rooting for Kyan and Abby. Best fiends can learn to love, right? I can't wait to read the next book and the book after that. I hope to read more of Casey L. Bond's work like, the Frenzy series. It looks very cool. There was mild cussing and nothing really bad. This is something for a wide variety of ages to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had plenty of action, which I like, but just enough romance to keep it interesting in that department. Also, there was plenty of intrigue and mystery. Twists abound!
KatyClaire More than 1 year ago
This book was graciously provided to me, free of charge by the author, in exchange for a fair and unbiased review* One more run-through with a fine toothed comb by the editor and this book would have been as close to perfection as it could be. I've come to expect a certain number of typos (especially in free books) but the changing of tenses threw me a bit the first few times.  Nevertheless the <b>writing/storytelling</b> was imaginative and downright fabulous, if you ask me! I wanted <b>so</b> much to compare it to about 5 or 6 other Y.A. books! While this is reminiscent of other books, Bond managed to create what, to me at least, was an entirely new and interesting World.  Yes, there was the seemingly ever-present &quot;love triangle&quot;...sort of...and while I felt badly for whomever wasn't included, I never <i>thought</i> I'd disagree with people's feelings. Except maybe Zander's...he didn't feel so much as he saw, he wanted, and he took.  Then Crew started acting just like Zander! (Is it possible that Zander was being drugged too or is he just legitimately a jerk? Does anyone really care?) That did leave me me a bit flabbergasted. Who is this guy? Is <b>this</b> the real Crew or was the real Crew the great guy back in Orchard? <b>Will the real Prince Crew please stand up?! Then -  well, you really have to read the book, but suffice it to say: Yay, Crew! Boo, King Cole!</b>
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Casey L. Bond pulled me in again.  Reap:  The Harvest Saga is completely addicting. I did not put it down.  The story line is repetitive, dystopian America divided between the privileged and the workers, but Bond throws several unique twists that make this one stand out.  I just love all of these characters and cannot wait to continue this saga.  Well done indeed.
writeawaybliss More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I've been looking for a new dystopian novel and Reap gave me exactly what I wanted and more. Fans of The Hunger Games, The Selection, and Birthmarked will want to pick up Reap by Casey Bond. A romantic dystopian tale set in the future, Reap is often bleak and filled with angst as any good dystopian book should be. The characters Casey created in Reap were both likable (and at times hateable) which is exactly what you want as a reader. You want to feel engaged, outraged, and become a part of the novel. It was easy to escape into the world Casey created. The plot was constantly moving forward and about half-way through the book it became nearly impossible to put down. Let's break it down a little further. Pros: - I could literally feel hatred toward many characters that were villains. Although there was a moment that I questioned some of the reasoning for what was happening, it was all explained by the end of the book. - Plot twists. Sure there were some things you'd suspect going on, but the actual twist was not what I anticipated. I love surprises! - At the end of each chapter, I constantly wanted to keep reading. Things were happening. I love action! - Romance. I'm sometimes iffy when it comes to romance. I like a certain amount without it turning into a romp fest. Reap was perfect in terms of romance. Just enough to satisfy readers while still making us crave more. - Integrating new characters. I love that near the end of the book Casey is still able to bring in new characters and we can feel something amazing toward them. Cons: - Although the prose was well-written there was occasional slippage from past to present tense, which made me reread some sentences a few times over. - At times I felt it was overly violent. However let's not forget this is dystopian and some readers might actually consider this a positive. Overall, I give Reap 5 stars and recommend it to readers of dystopian romance. I think it's appropriate for ages fourteen and up.
AdamAuthor More than 1 year ago
Reap starts out strong and stays there! Ms. Bond has woven a great tale filled with action, romance and suspense that will keep you turning pages.  We first meet Abby as a baby being smuggled from one zone to another in a plague filled, post-apocalyptic America. Orchard is a quiet community, responsible for fruits and vegetables that are sent to Olympus for processing and remanufacturing into staples that the society needs. Along with Kyan and Lainey, Abby gathers the apples from the area&rsquo;s namesake - protecting a 5-year old girl when the enforcers want to punish her for taking an apple. Ms. Bond&rsquo;s ability to bring her characters and their world to life is amazing. While I sometimes felt I was in one of the Districts a la Hunger Games, Reap has all the things that made you want to cheer for Abby, throttle her antagonists, and swoon as she falls in love. But there is a deep secret in Olympus - home of the Greaters. A secret that threatens to destroy the society they have built. Though a Lesser, Abby has &ldquo;The Ring&rdquo; a trait that marks her as a Greater, and she, along with many girls her age are taken from Orchard to Olympus for testing. These Lessers are to be surrogates for the now-barren Greater women. With many characters to love (and hate), Reap is well worth the time invested in the story. I was shocked when the story ended on a cliffhanger, and I will be searching out Resist, the second book in The Harvest Saga shortly. Abby outshines Katniss, and Kyan and Crew make Peeta and Gale seem black and white to their vibrant technicolor. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read, or has interest in reading The Hunger Games. A very good read!