Debut author Lisa Heathfield gives us that experience with SEED, a story in the point of view of a sincere teenage believer. Seed is the isolated community that Pearl was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.
At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S.’s companion. She feels excitement . . . and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community—particularly the teenage son, Ellis—only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant. Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface.
I honestly have always been intrigued by the thoughts behind a cult. I mean, a leader just tells you what to do, what to think, what to feel and you go along with it? How is that even a possibility in this day and age? So, when I was approached to review this, I was all in. And boy am I glad I got to read this one. I wanted more information on this whole subject so perhaps I was a bit disappointed in that. But overall, for a YA book I thought this was a great book about this subject. And what a very intriguing cast of characters!!
And I loved the change that happens when Ellis comes to be a part of their community. It was very interesting to see their interactions and their reactions to each other. And was impressed how the changes and questions that arose were handled.
I would give this a 5 star review as I was so intrigued by the subject and it did not disappoint me. I cannot wait until the next book comes out next year!!!