Aug 25, 2013


Emergence Book Tour Day 2: Review & GIVEAWAY

Day Two is here! If you're interested in learning more about this tour, you can read my first post about it here, but if you already know what's going on, then here's Seeds of War!

Seeds of War by Rachel E. Fisher

The mission of Eden must be fulfilled and Eden’s best Seekers are needed. Forming a new group they dub the Seeders, Fi, Asher, and Sean are joined by a new addition as they set out to bring hope and support to the Topsiders in the form of radios and heirloom seeds. Their experiences Topside prepare them for the threat from marauding gangs they call Lobos, but it is a different, less obvious sort of threat that takes them by surprise. As radio broadcasts begin to reconnect Eden and the Topsiders, the Seeders stumble upon mysterious broadcasts from unknown stations. When two of their own new radio stations go silent within days of each other, Fi and her companions realize that something is terribly wrong. Eden finds itself pitted against a growing and unknown force as their very mission lights the flames of war.

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So now for the food related tidbit of the day! While I may enjoy cooking at times (mostly desserts), I usually find that I don't have the kind of patience to orchestrate beautiful meals every day. Some of it probably stems from the fact that I'm so busy, and any time that I spend just waiting around (like while food is cooking) just feels like time wasted. While I may not necessarily eat quickly, I don't like all of the down time that comes with cooking. I feel like if I leave the food unattended for too long, then it will end up being destroyed, and there never seems to be enough safe time for me to be able to wander off and work on something else while I wait. Does this bother anybody else, or is cooking your relaxation time?

Man, this book was deep. It explored a lot of very prominent philosophical issues, like the nature of humanity, in a way that made it applicable not only to the events in Seeds of War, but also to our own world. Through different characters, Rachel Fisher brought up the topics of the right of one human being to end the life of another, the dilemmas that spring from acting on new knowledge and technologies without truly understanding the possible consequences, and most importantly, in my opinion, whether or not we have the right to change the world around us.

That final question was one that Fi had to ask herself many times in this novel as she began to understand the reasons for why the Famine and the Sickness started in the first place. She had already lost multiple family members to them, and had originally believed that they were just the effects of the human race pushing nature too far. That was the story that the survivors were left to believe, but soon she may realize that the explanation is not as simple as it may seem.

Fi ends up questioning many things in this book, usually due to this "unknown force" with their "mysterious broadcasts," that we learn about. They start to make her question everything she believes about the Famine and even humanity as she is forced to decide if her world even deserves a second chance. Suddenly she's left to wonder if this "enemy" is the one who's been lying to her or if there really is a serpent hiding in Eden.

She has to make a lot of tough choices in this book, but I feel like, this time, she's ready for them. She started of Eden's Root as a thirteen-year-old girl, and one of my complaints about the book was that she acted much too mature to be so young. She's still young in this sequel, but now I feel like she's finally grown into the character that Rachel Fisher introduced me to in the first novel.

She doesn't really seem like a little girl anymore, which is sad because she should be able to be. Near the end of the previous novel, Asher told her that the Famine had taken away every opportunity she had to just be a girl, turning her into a warrior before her time. Fi is ridiculously strong, though, so she's completely willing to take all of this in stride if it means protecting everyone else. There is, however, one point in the novel where she does just get to be a very happy girl, but you'll just have to read the book to figure out what it is!

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A copy of the novel was provided for us in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I loved this review! Rachel is truly amazing, and I suspect that regardless of all that happens to her, Fi, like Rachel, carries youth and joy and hope in her heart. Lord knows Rachel does.

    1. Thank you, Barbara! I hope that the both of them are able to live happy lives! I'm sure they both deserve it!


  2. Lol. Downtime while cooking... great question. This is how I burn stuff 'cause I always wander off and get distracted. I've burnt boiled eggs before, I'm that bad about it. Twice. I like cooking, though. Some. Without a recipe.

    1. See, I'm so OCD that I can't cook without a recipe. I like to know what I have to do and exactly how I'm supposed to do it. Especially if I'm going to be wiling to put it in my mouth!



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