Seed by Lisa Heathfield
Release Date - March 10, 2015
Running Press Kids
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
For all intents and purposes, Seed is a cult. To the women, girls, and boys living within Seed, it is a caring community where nature guides Papa S. into making the rules and ordinances the community lives under.
For Pearl, her period is her transition into womanhood, something she's excited to have happen. She's ready to become one of Papa S.'s companions. That is until strangers come to Seed and she begins learning of the outside world from the teen boy, Ellis. The more she learns, the more she begins to wonder if Seed is really nature's ideal community.
From some of documentaries I've watched, Lisa Heathfield does a good job at building each and every character in Seed. There's the intense love for the community leader and the two "kindreds" who are essentially the second in command. There are all the key community members - young Pearl, the woman she knows to be her mother (Elizabeth), her siblings, etc. Each is fleshed out to be incredibly likable. There's also a mysterious character kept hidden away that reveals some of the truth about Seed.
As the story progresses, especially when Linda and her children Sophie and Ellis enter the community, readers get to see just how dangerous Papa S. is. The mysterious character reveals a lot of it, but Ellis is really the catalyst to getting Pearl to see that things are horribly wrong.
Seed is a pretty gripping story that has you rooting for Pearl and her family. It's one that is certain to stir up some lively discussions in book reading groups.