Poison by Lan Chan

PoisonWind Dancer, 1Lan ChanYA SciFiSeptember 1, 2015Paperback349

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!

Holy cow, I think I may have a heart attack. Not for one moment did this book let up from the first page, and not even until the last because it was a killer cliff-hanger and I want the next book in the Wind Dancer series immediately. The only down side of reading so quickly in my opinion.

I really can’t say much more about the plot than what’s already included in the book description (above) without giving stuff away, but let me say this: not only did I read this fast, but I also am now paranoid about everyone but one character in this book. And that’s the main and POV character.

Lan Chan writes so well that even when you think you know a character, or can predict what’s going to happen, BAM you’re hit sideways. And let me tell you, it takes a lot to do that to me (I have a very accurate sixth sense with those kinds of tricks). And it didn’t totally fail me, I’d get certain things right, only to completely miscalculate others. And that was fun for a change. The only other book to recently do that for me was Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci.

Anyway,  put this book on your TBR list and buy it as soon as it comes out. You won’t regret it!

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