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Book & Author details:
The Sowing by K. Makansi
Publication date: August 19th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Remy Alexander was born into the elite meritocracy of the Okarian Sector. From an early age, she and her friends were programmed for intellectual and physical superiority through specialized dietary regimes administered by the Okarian Agricultural Consortium. But when her older sister Tai was murdered in a brutal classroom massacre, her parents began to suspect foul play. They fled the Sector, taking their surviving daughter underground to join the nascent Resistance movement. But now, three years later, Remy’s former schoolgirl crush, Valerian Orleán, is put in charge of hunting and destroying the Resistance. As Remy and her friends race to unravel the mystery behind her sister’s murder, Vale is haunted by the memory of his friendship with Remy and is determined to find out why she disappeared. As the Resistance begins to fight back against the Sector, and Vale and Remy search for the answers to their own questions, the two are set on a collision course that could bring everyone together—or tear everything apart.
My Review: 3.5 Stars out of 5 ***
First off I have to say the idea for this story is excellent. It’s a different take on a post apocalyptic world that I think actually has you thinking. DNA, in particular seed DNA.
It starts off really strong, Tai, a young student in class, bored off her brain, waiting for it to end so she can go to dinner with her love Eli (the class technician) is brutally murdered, along with everyone else in her class as well as the professor.
So I smiled to myself and settled in for what I hoped was a story that would grip me as much as Hunger Games did, well it was promised. The story then jumps a few years on and centers around Remy, Tai’s younger sister and Vale, the son of the ruler of Okaria. The book is split into chapters between Vale and Remy and gives their point of view.
Remy and her parents have fled the city, knowing there was a cover up in the investigation of Tai’s death. They are now with the Resistance, along with Elis, Soren and a whole bunch of others who have fled the city. Vale has graduated and has now become a leader in a unit that is to bring in and question Eli and his bunch of Resistance renegades. He also is in love with Remy as is Remy with him.
The story flowed well enough, what I struggled with a little was how Remy and Vale could have such a deep connection when they’d little short had shared one kiss previously. I also struggled with the depth of character, it just didn’t seem to go deep enough. However that said the story was very good. Eli had kept a strange set of DNA that the now murdered Professor Hawthorne had been working on. It seemed to be one thing but no matter how hard they tried to solve its riddle they just couldn’t.
It was to be the key to not only the murder, but also life itself.
Out on a mission, the Resistance gets caught and instead of Vale capturing Eli he gets Remy and Soren instead. This is where the story starts to heat up (and as I’ve told you plenty) I will back off on story details.
What worked well for me was the nail biting journey Remy and Soren went on after they were captured. It was brutal, heart wrenching and very good. I loved the buddy romance between them, especially as they seemed to have a little hate and indifference going on in the beginning.
I liked Vale and his will to not just accept things at face value. What I had some problems with was, again the depth. I felt it lacked just a little further exploration of some of the scenes. Sometimes we were onto a winner, sometimes it felt it fell short. Then I found out it was written by a mother/daughter team and wondered if that was the reason.
No matter, overall it was good. I’d recommend it to all Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic lovers out there. Do I want to read the next one, The Reaping? You betcha.
K. Makansi is the pen name for the writing triumvirate consisting of Amira, Elena, and Kristina Makansi. Two sisters and their mother, the three women developed a passionate interest in science fiction as a way to write about issues of food sovereignty and food justice. Elena is pursuing a degree in environmental studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, and will graduate in May of 2014. Amira was a history student at the University of Chicago whose day job working in the cellar of a winery (and constantly being splattered with wine) keeps her busy when she’s not writing. And Kristy owns and operates Blank Slate Press, an independent publishing company based out of St. Louis, and is a partner at Treehouse Publishing Group, a company providing editorial and design services to aspiring authors. When not writing or reading, the three can be found having animated discussions around the dinner table, sharing a good bottle of wine, or taking long walks in the park eagerly plotting out their next book.