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Seeders: A Novel Kindle Edition
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This is a book you’re going to have a hard time classifying. That is unless you have a shelf set aside for the genre of “awesome”.
From the prologue on you’re left wondering how George died, and what will happen to the heirs to his estate when they arrive on the island.
This is where the horror aspect comes in. You have a group of people on an island, a storm, and lost communication, all on an island. Everything is set up in that classic way.
Where AJ Colucci deviates from this formula is by using real science in her work. What happens to the estate heirs and what is happening to the plan life on the island are all very plausible. You don’t really have to suspend your belief all that much in order for this work to make sense. The horror then becomes very, very real for the reader, and you will be immersed in the story.
Characters come to life in this, and their inner workings are something that AJ writes to perfection. Isabella is the one you’ll find most interesting I’d wager. Dealing with everything that is happening around her all while trying to keep her sons safe will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Who is themselves, which of them, or all are under some sort of mind-control? It all gets a little crazy, but is terrific from the outside looking in on this world.
I lost a couple hours towards the end of the novel. I’m not talking about book time, I’m talking real time. I was on the edge of my seat, and the book got very intense. So much so that I was pretty much in my own world, or, rather, the book world, and had to be pulled from it kicking and screaming.
The Bottom Line: This is one of those books that you do not want to pass up. The suspense is there from page one and it doesn’t let up. The science will make you think twice about the plants around you, and the characters will draw you further into their world. Don’t think, just buy. You can make your purchase by clicking on the cover above.
There really aren't any likeable characters in this story, which makes it rather difficult to persevere with. As well, I wasn't particularly fond of the narration. At first I thought it was the thing that was saving the audiobook for me - I thought, "Oh well, at least she does the characters well." But by the end I was thinking, "If this was happening to my family, I wouldn't sound like this!" The narrator was better at character voices than she was at the general prose, though...
I think I would have liked this story more if it had focused more on the science, on how the plants were working, etc. The author has chosen to focus more on the characters, which is okay, but only if you go deep with them, and this book didn't strike me as deep at all. I was rolling my eyes a few times at the clichéd style of the characters, their thoughts and feelings. I didn't want to know the thoughts of a horny teenaged boy, the MC's predictable attraction to Julius, etc etc. A lot more could have been done with this if approached in a different way...
The book really takes off for me in about the last quarter or so, and if the whole thing had been like that then I would have loved it. The ending is great, and depressing, and just the kind of thing I like to be left with to contemplate afterwards.
In a nutshell: weak start, unsatisfying middle, great ending.
Horror stories will do that to you.
Yes, Seeders is a different kind of SciThri. It’s both a thriller with a foundation in real science, and a classic horror story. The book’s back cover invokes parallels to Stephen King’s The Shining, and that is a totally legitimate comparison.
AJ Colucci’s books could effortlessly be converted into screenplays. Seeders is plotted very much like a horror film, with a contrived setting on a remote island, a motley mix of people brought together and left on their own, a couple of horny teenagers, a problem with the group’s sole means of communication with the outside world, and of course some bad weather. If you enjoy horror movies, you’ll love Seeders. On the other hand, if you watch a horror movie and curse the stupidity of that girl who goes into the dark basement armed only with a pocket flashlight, you will probably get frustrated with Seeders, too. Not everybody in the story behaves rationally. In their defense, some kind of mind-altering force is apparently at work on the island, which could justify some of the bad decisions (and lack of urgency) displayed by the characters.
A key part of the originality in this story is the mystery about what’s happening inside the characters’ heads: why did George die in the prologue? how will whatever killed him affect the new arrivals? is it madness or is it plant mind control?
Colucci gives us an interesting protagonist–Isabelle, daughter of the deceased, mother of two teenage boys, and a wife who in one way or another has been a victim her whole life. How she responds to the crisis she finds herself in, especially as a mother, is a big part of what turns the pages.
Plant and fungal biology are the science-y elements to this tale. Colucci’s use of a solid foundation on these sciences to build her tale makes this a 3-biohazard science thriller. Naturally, the horrors that grow from this ground are a bit far removed from reality.
Seeders starts with a high-impact opening, then drops to a quieter baseline, and gradually, relentlessly, builds from there. You will be on the edge of your seat for the finish. I give the ending a big thumbs-up.
The gore and violent imagery in Seeders is mildly graphic, PG-13 not R level.
The main character, a woman with two kids and a jerk husband, is one of the worst offenders. She's given up on life, and towards the end when events come up where she has to protect her family and herself, she finds a way to sound tough but get beaten easily, often being saved by someone else or happening to escape. Her kids are not any better, and the others you either dislike or don't care for. I actually rushed through the last two chapters just to finish the book so I could put it down and never read it again.
If there were more character development, some character improvement, this may have been a passable if forgettable novel. As it is, it's simply annoying.
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