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The Seed Farm [Kindle Edition]

Ruby Lord
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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This is a revised edition re-edited 31/07/2013.

"The storyline really draws you in and it is one of those books you think about when you're not reading it. I love the idea of a fertility farm, it is so far out there and unthought of that it is like nothing I've read before."
"Empathy for the characters builds steadily throughout.The unforgiving examination of the subject matter is apposite for our times."

Rixon Marwick is a valuable person. What makes him valuable? He’s fertile. In 2052, the decline in the population of Britain reaches an all-time low with no new births in that year. In an attempt to correct the balance, the government takes over the fertilisation and procreation processes for the country. Stringent laws are introduced to combat the effects of the man-made virus which has swept the nation and left the majority of males sterile.
The government introduces a system of testing on all males who are within the age of reproduction. Sex outside the state of marriage is declared as a punishable offense. The government attempts to prevent the spread of the disease by crushing the populace and prohibiting all forms of sexual activity. As the country plunges into the dark ages, the development of technology is halted and people are encouraged to spy on their neighbours and report them if they are suspected adulterers, homosexuals or worse, if they are not British Nationals.
As the disease spreads worldwide similar farms are set up and fertile men are captive for the system to use as it sees fit. Rixon who has been held prisoner at the farm for eight years finds some information that gives him the courage to attempt an escape.
He has to find Chloe his girlfriend; he has to find the child she may have had because this child would have been conceived in a loving relationship, something that no longer happens in the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8WWKV0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I started writing in 2008 when I was diagnosed with a long term illness. I realised at that time I wasn't going to be able to work for very much longer in the 9 to 5 types of jobs I had done for the past 25 years. In 2010 I finished working as my eyesight was failing and fatigue was more or less most of my day. In 2013 I published my first book, The Seed Farm on Amazon. It took so long because ill health, self-doubt and obstinate procrastination would always put themselves before me. Today I am writing my third book and have enjoyed the past year more than anything else I have ever achieved. Is it easy? No. Is it rewarding? Definitely yes, what I get out of writing is an opportunity to continually stretch my imagination but most importantly it helps to keep the grey matter working, something that I wish to continue doing for as long as possible.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story 1 May 2013
By Julie W
Format:Kindle Edition
Great plot with a fantastic ending,

The main character tells the story about control and paranoia in a prison environment where the inmates are used to produce seed for selling.

The dialogue is exceptional and I can't wait for the follow up to this book which according to the authors note at the end is due out in the autumn.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars seed farm 26 April 2013
By scally
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An interesting concept and style reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World or Margaret Attwood's Handmaids Tale. Empathy for the characters builds steadily throughout.The unforgiving examination of the subject matter is apposite for our times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 29 Jun 2013
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I thought this was a good read; engaging and with an interesting twist at the end. I recommend you buy this book and I look forward to reading more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 19 Jun 2013
By Lanta
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Seed Farm is a very well explored picture of a dismal world. It deals with the male psyche and how it's so intertwined with being able to reproduce (for now.)I agree with a previous reviewer it is a little bit Orwellian and has shades of Margaret Attwood. The use of vernacular is especially powerful. Read it you won't be sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 31 May 2013
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I have to say, I really enjoyed this book even thought it's not the sort of thing that I would usually read. It's really well written and it impresses me that it's written by a woman in a male perspective. I love the fact that you can get involved in the characters lives as it very focussed on a select few. I really like the ideas in the book, they're very "outside of the box" and it makes the reader become very intrigued and interested in the tale being told.

Overall a great read and I can't wait for the second book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 25 April 2013
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If you enjoyed Utopia or Children of Men, then this is the book for you. A great read, I look forward to more from Ms Lord.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting concept 10 April 2013
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An interesting concept especially as we are told by experts that fertility is falling.
Men being farmed as sperm donors is not something i would have thought of but the idea is well explored.
Be interesting to see if there is a follow up miss Lord has a style of her own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story, with some minor faults. 12 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, and The Seed Farm explores some interesting themes concerning paranoia, imprisonment and emasculation, the likes of which I haven't seen covered like this before. The story starts off gently, then all of a sudden sucks you in, hooks you, and leaves you wanting more. I won't give anything away, but there's plenty in the story to keep you going, although I felt the ending was more like an abrupt cliffhanger than providing any sense of closure (which is relevant since I've heard the sequel will be out this year).

For a first novel it's very, very good and at less than the price of a cup of tea it's hard to go wrong. There are issues with the editing, but this doesn't detract from the story. It's highly warped and twisted in places, and liable to mess with your head in unexpected ways. At a pound it's a no-brainer to buy, you won't be disappointed. I certainly wasn't. With better editing this would get 5 stars, as it stands, I'll give it a 4 and look forward to the sequel.

Disclaimer: I am related to the author, although I've tried to avoid any biases in this review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This is the second book I have read by Ruby and I enjoyed this more than the other. It is set in the future and explores some very interesting ideas and possibilities. Read more
Published 1 month ago by margo b
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seed Farm
An interesting idea for a book. Enjoyed seeing how some relationships developed between the prisoners, guards and doctors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Winnie
1.0 out of 5 stars The Seed Farm
Sorry I just could not get into it all, but I won't give up, i'll try it again at a later date. Sorry.
Published 1 month ago by Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Tina review
Interesting and well written. Looking forward to new books. In-depth storyline and descriptive writing. Good gritty book. Acid lovers would enjoy reading this book.
Published 4 months ago by Jason Riches
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant wait to read next book
Great read enthralling the book was recommended by my sister and she was right a great way to spend an evening
Published 6 months ago by Norah McGlacken
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW TWIST TO FARMING
"The Feed Farm" gives a new twist to farming, and only a superhero could change this program.

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Published 8 months ago by June Ahern
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read
Fabulous read. Intriguing plot. Could almost imagine this happening in the future! Couldn't put the book down. Please write another book soon.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs MR Jocelyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I was a little skeptical at first as it isn't my usual sort of book. But right from the beginning though I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Avidreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel please!
This story had me firstly intrigued then quickly hooked. It's a great page-turner, spoiled only by glaring typos and poor proof reading; very hard to ignore for a pedant like me! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jay
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