by Rob Ziegler

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It's the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. Decades of war and resource depletion have toppled governments. The ecosystem has collapsed. A new dust bowl sweeps the American West. The United States has become a nation of migrants -starving masses of nomads who seek out a living in desert wastelands and encampments outside government seed-distribution warehouses.

In this new world, there is a new power. Satori is more than just a corporation, she is an intelligent, living city that grew out of the ruins of Denver. Satori bioengineers both the climate-resistant seed that feeds a hungry nation, and her own post-human genetic Designers, Advocates, and Laborers. What remains of the United States government now exists solely to distribute Satori seed; a defeated American military doles out bar-coded, single-use Satori seed to the nation's starving citizens.

When one of Satori's Designers goes rogue, Agent Sienna Doss-Ex-Army Ranger turned glorified bodyguard-is tasked by the government to bring her
in: The government wants to use the Designer to break Satori's stranglehold on seed production and reassert themselves as the center of power.

Sianna Doss's search for the Designer intersects with Brood and his younger brother Pollo - orphans scrapping by on the fringes of the wastelands. Pollo is abducted, because he is believed to suffer from Tet, a newly emergent disease, the victims of which are harvested by Satori.

As events spin out of control, Brood and Sienna Doss find themselves at the heart of Satori, where an explosive climax promises to reshape the future of the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597803250
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 08/26/2012
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 341
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rob Ziegler lives with his wife in rural western Colorado. Seed is his first novel, and he is currently hard at work on his second.

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Seed 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Paul_Genesse More than 1 year ago
Review of Seed by Rob Ziegler (No Spoilers) 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
deesy58 More than 1 year ago
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.
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like Paolo Bacigalupi, who¿s thanked, Ziegler has written a bleak post-climate change, post-American century future: in a world where the US is reduced mostly to groups of refugees who move south in winter and north in summer to escape the worst weather and take advantage of the remaining growing seasons, the currency of life is Satori seed: genetically engineered seeds that come from a company that¿s turned itself into a living thing. Satori has also engineered Designers who make the seed; now one of them has defected¿not to the US, as the government hoped, but for her own purposes. The stories of a soldier, a young refugee, and a Designer intersect in ways none of them could have foreseen. This is similar to pre-masterwork Octavia Butler¿it¿s about the power and constraints of biology, the multiple cruelties people inflict on each other when they are in need and when they see people weaker than they are, and so on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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I came to read reviews, and instead see random crap...who roleplays in a review section?
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Read my post in result 1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I dont mind, good night"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hides in his nest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A grey and black cat slunk through the shadows and stole Tigerkit and Shadowkit. She/he killed them quickly then slunk back to the dark forest with the kits bodoes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not from jungleclan. I have never even heard of it. Ivykit
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*runs around fast*
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May i join your clan?
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Lionpaw padded in, the blind tom was the med cat apprentice. "Your kits look pretty heathly. " he mewed.