Series: Wind Dancer #1
Since the night her mother was murdered, sixteen-year-old Rory Gray has known one truth: There are no good Seeders.
In post-apocalyptic Australia, the scientists known as Seeders have built a Citadel surrounded by food-producing regions and populated with refugees from the wars and famine. To maintain their control, the Seeders poisoned the land and outlawed the saving of seeds.
It’s been six years since Rory graced the Seeders’ circus stage as the Wind Dancer and still the scars on her body haven’t healed. Even worse are the scars on her heart, left by a Seeder boy who promised to protect her.
Now the Seeders are withholding supplies from Rory’s region for perceived disobedience. Utilising the Wanderer knowledge she received from her mother, Rory must journey to the Citadel through uninhabitable terrain to plead for mercy.
However, the Citadel isn’t as Rory remembered. The chief plant geneticist is dying and rumours fly that the store of viable seed is dwindling. The Seeders are desperate to find a seed bank they believe Rory can locate, and they will stop at nothing to get it.
To defy the Seeders means death. But Rory has been close to death before--this time she’s learned the value of poison.
Recommended for fans of The Hunger Games, strong protagonists, circuses and nature!
I'm still soaking it all in, so I thought I'd write my review. This book made me care, made me angry, and made me want more.
We start out with Rory (Aurora), who is a Wind Dancer, which means she's worked in the circus as an acrobat in the past and has gained a little fame from it. She's fearless with an unrelenting temper that is both her downfall and makes her pretty kickass all at the same time.
This is a dystopia, meaning that it's in the future and there's some severe things about a system that once worked and isn't anymore. I mean, the Reapers are scary, but the Seeders are almost scarier.
I love that it involved a circus and multiple characters who served different, unique purposes. I can't go into detail with all of them as you never know who might be set up to die, but a few really stood out. I loved Gage and his determination. When things don't go the way he thinks, he takes matters into his own hands and not even Rory has a say. Then there's Aidan, who is predatory, scary and someone who has a deep past with Rory. I loved the animosity that she held for both of these characters at various points in the story. She's definitely a survivor, but not as heartless as the Seeders.
The setting is in Australia, which is really great. There's different animals, landscapes, and of course, genetically modified creatures and plants that are so imaginative and fun to explore. The conspiracies and personal vendettas all collide in an explosion by the end. I couldn't put it down and was really drawn in.
There were a few questions by the end, but I'm definitely going to be getting the next book. I haven't been this excited about a series since, well, The Hunger Games!
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