Germination (Feast of Weeds series) by Jamie Thornton

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Kindle Price: $2.99

Official Rating: 2/5

Synopsis:

A group of runaways. A horrifying virus.

Mary knows how to thrive on the street. She makes it her mission to keep other kids away from everyday monsters. But when she’s attacked by a crazed man clutching a bloody heart she realizes—there’s a new kind of monster in town.

A single drop of blood, and now Mary’s one of the infected. Unless she can stop the virus and save her friends, the new monster in town might just be her.

A post-apocalyptic Young Adult series where the runaways are the heroes, the zombies aren’t really zombies, and you can’t trust your memories—even if they’re all you have left.”

My Review:

If I had two words, I would describe Germination with “possibility” and “little.” Now if I had, say, a whole blog post to describe Germination, this is what I would say.

It wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t an awful novella that lowered my expectations for other novellas, but it wasn’t great. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, despite the action that takes place on almost every page. Nonetheless, I saw a sound plot which is why Germination received a two star rating.

Mary was a different pre-heroine. She wasn’t different because she was more special than the others (she wasn’t from what I could tell) nor was she different because she was the “only” one in the world that distrusts the government. Mary was different because she was poor and homeless. In a numerous amount of stories, the heroine is usually saying “We never have a lot of food on the table, but we’re happy because we’re together as a family.” or something along those lines. What made Mary stand out is that she has a family, yet she ran away, embraces her homelessness, and made a new family/tight-knit group with a few other homeless kids on the street. There wasn’t enough of the novella to really understand much more about Mary. You are brought to an understanding about her that she is loyal to her new family and that she writes a blog giving advice to other teens who might want to run away. Besides that, there isn’t much to go on.

The plot was fascinating, or rather, hints to being fascinating. That was what Thornton lacked in Germination: Plot building. She had successfully built the characters and gave them a backstory, albeit a small piece of a backstory, but it sufficed, she had completed the world building, and her description skills are admirable. Unfortunately, Germination didn’t have a chance to develop the upcoming plot. As a reader, I was left with a large amount of action, little information, and a bit of indifference towards the characters.
Germination isn’t worth almost three dollars; the price isn’t practical, especially when you consider the fact that it’s only ninety-two pages. It wasn’t a bad novella as I said, it had a glimmer of promise in its pages, but it just didn’t strike me as a riveting read.

I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Starborn Uprising (Starborn Uprising series) by Jason D. Morrow

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Price: $5.98

Note: I bought all three books (for free) at the time, but I only read the first book. Below is the first book’s cover (which is currently free).

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Price: Free!

Official Rating: 1/5

Synopsis:

“Death doesn’t wait for our approval. Death takes us when it is ready. Nineteen-year-old Mora knows this all too well, living in a world where the dead have walked the Earth for the past 60 years. Mora is on a mission to save her village from the relentless greyskins, and there is only one man that can help her: Jeremiah of Screven. As she travels the wastelands, she discovers a power within herself, a power she believes no other human possesses. That is, until she meets others like her – the ones who call themselves the Starborn. These super-humans are on a mission also: to destroy the undead greyskins, and take down the greedy Jeremiah. Mora must now choose between the one who can keep her family safe, and those that can show her who she truly is.”

My review:

This was a cookie cutter book, one that makes you ask yourself: “Haven’t I read this before?” Here’s the plot for a lot of dystopian books that rarely go away from the “tried and true” outline: A heroine. She doesn’t think she’s special, but wait! She is!! She has someone she needs to protect (i.e. a younger brother/sister, other family member(s)) because their parents are DEAD. DEAD. DEAD. DEAD. Every guardian is dead and there is some AWFUL HORRENDOUS HORRIFIC DYSTOPIAN WORLD! Zombies/controlling government/the plague reinvented/people terrorizing others, you name it. Everyone loves her except that one guy that she’s fascinated with but pretends to hate him. They get paired up a lot and pretend that can’t stand each other so that they can ignore their undying love. But wait, she might like the other guy too! So much confusion and swooning and guilt! Something happens to the family member/someone threatens the family member. The heroine must save them with her coincidental incidents and good luck! No one will stand in her way! Suddenly every adult and teen wants to listen to the heroine, despite her being a teenager and unable to make great choices! She doesn’t know who to trust, but says confidential things anyway! She leads an uprising! The government/antagonist want to stop her but can’t because she has such a following! YAY the heroine prevails!

More or less (more), this is Starborn Uprising. If you’ve ever read these types of dystopian books, you’ve already read Starborn Uprising. The only twist, is that there’s painfully little backstory and to actually get a backstory, you have to read another book (“Anywhere But Here”). This is Starborn Uprising:  Grey skins/zombies (check!), the heroine’s (Mora) parents are dead (check!), she has a little brother and a grandmother she has to protect/worry about (check!), she has a lot of good luck or amazing coincidences when she needs it most (check!), she ruins things left and right by blurting out secrets to other people even when she’s told to keep quiet (check!), there’s a ridiculous love triangle (double check!), everyone thinks she’s some kind of natural leader (check!), she starts the uprising (check!), and she of course has amazing superpowers (or gifts, as the book insists we call them) (check!). I give this book 1 star. There’s no creativity, no suspense, no new ideas, a love triangle, and it was overall boring.