Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.
And she's always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.
The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's.
Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn't hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.
As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people's survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she's forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.
This was an utterly fantastic book, really enjoyed it, which means you guys should really check out the giveaway below. Anyways, there are some words that come to mind when I'm thinking of this book. Words like intricate world building, wonderful writing, and extremely relate-able characters, considering how different their world is from ours, because after all, we don't have a Scourge.
Fenn and Peree were really fantastic characters. They came from a world where while they only grew up separated by the length of a tree, they live in very different circumstances, where both sides are afraid of the other, suspicious, and anger and hate, well, it was remarkable how these 2 characters could fall in love. And that relationship, well, that was special, and I really, really, really enjoyed reading about it!! Lots of conflict, lots of angst, in that, well, I just loved reading about them!!!
These characters, they were living, breathing off the page. They had depth, and incredible emotions just running the gauntlet, that was just fantastic, and played with the readers emotions, at least, mine. Yeah, I'm so glad that I was able to read this book, it was just amazing!!!
And then the ending, combined with my love of the story, makes me so glad that there's going to be a sequel, because well, who doesn't want more books, and in such a fantastic boo like this one, that want has increased tenfold. It was just amazing.
I really loved this book, I really did, and you guys should really check out the giveaway below!! And check it out on Amazon!
Author: A. G. Henley
Read: December 16th, 2012
Source: Kismet Book Touring Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded like a freaking good book, and it's a 2012 Dystopian book and a DAC book!
Published: January 31st 2012
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A.G. Henley is the author of the young adult novel, THE SCOURGE. She is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.aghenley.com
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