All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she 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.
“Seed loves her.
Seed will never let her go.”
I’ve had a really hard time writing a review for Seed. Part of it, I think, is that I’m afraid that for some reason, whatever I write won’t be good enough. I really loved this book. It kind of horrified me, sure, but I also couldn’t put it down.
Fifteen-year-old Pearl is part of Seed… and as it turns out, Seed is a cult that worships nature, led by a man known only as “Papa S.” There’s incredibly dark undertones throughout this book – even when things are calm and relatively “happy” from the narrator’s POV, the reader knows something isn’t right, and that was part of what made it so hard for me to tear myself away from this book.
When a woman, her teenage son, and young daughter join the cult from the “Outside,” the son, Ellis, begins to make Pearl question some of what she’s been taught.
This book isn’t for the faint of heart – there were parts that definitely made me feel sick to my stomach while reading. I just wanted so badly for Pearl and the other characters to be safe.
I LOVED Heathfield’s prose. I think it was one of my favorite things about the book. Pearl’s voice is lyrical and innocent at times, and it really helped set the tone for the book. Some of the situations in the book, juxtaposed with Pearl’s voice, really made it hit home that Pearl didn’t know any differently from the way she’d been raised.
I was left wondering if there would be a second book, and I really hope there will be. If not, I know I’m definitely looking forward to Lisa Heathfield’s next book regardless.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars