Review: Seed by Lisa Heathfield


Author: Lisa Heathfield

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Release Date: April 16th 2015

Genre: YA Contemporary

Pages: 331

Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go.

Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late.

Well, I must admit when I picked up Seed, it certainly wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. In any way, shape or form.

It was surprising, to say the least. But I think it did a fairly good job of recreating the mania and surrealism of what cults actually are. This was a book that I could barely put down – and thanks to the #24in48 readathon I finished it in the same day I started. I think it was better to read it like that because I really absorbed everything that was going on and the wild rush the characters were going through.

If I had to choose the thing I disliked about this book, and to be fair there wasn’t that much, I would say that I didn’t really connect to the characters enough. I didn’t feel their personalities were distinct enough to keep them different from everyone else. Maybe perhaps Pearl though, as our innocent, scared protagonist.
“Here, crouched beside the toilet, I’m terrified I’m dying. My stomach must be bleeding, or my liver, or my kidneys. Something inside me has somehow got cut. Spots of blood smear my underwear. I wipe myself with toilet paper and there’s more blood. Am I being punished for something I have said or done?”