Title: Seed
Publisher: Nightshade Books
Pub Date: August 26, 2012
ISBN: 9781597803250
Author: Rob Ziegler
Category: FICTION – ADULT: Science Fiction & Fantasy: Science Fiction

Marketing Copy:

It’s the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. The United States has become a nation of migrants — starving masses of nomads who seek out a living in 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 is tasked with bringing 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. As events spin out of control, Sienna finds herself at the heart of Satori, where an explosive climax promises to reshape the future of the world.

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.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this novel. It’s a post-apocolyptic world and everybody is struggling surviving it. The three story lines seem to be unconnected until we ultimatelye reach the point where it all starts to come together.

There is Brood, who has the darkest life. Agent Doss, who brings the law in her own incredibly wonferul fashion, but of them though, the new humans, or I suppose post-humans, are very strange to fathom, but it needs to be understood that we have no basis of comparison for these people. I thought Ziegler did a great job of showing us humans in this world.

It would be so easy to give away the plot by writing an extensive review (which I don’t really do anyway), but this is a subtle and uplifting book in its own way. Showing us that we can make a mess of our world, but there may be a way out of it. Whether we want to go there is out choice.

Seed is very dark and not the kind of thing that most people would find an easy choice, but if you stick with this book, and this Author, I think you will find the light at the end of the tunnel is very much worth it.

An incredible debut novel from a new rising star.

My Rating:

4 biodomes out of 5