When an agribusiness facility producing genetically engineered food releases a deadly toxin into the environment, seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres races to deliver the cure before time runs out.
Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm north of Atlanta, Georgia, since she was found outside its gates at the age of five. Now she's part of the security force guarding the fence and watching for scavengers—people who would rather steal genetically engineered food from the Company than work for it. When a group of such rebels accidentally sets off an explosion in the research compound, it releases into the air a blight that kills every living thing in its path—including humans. With blight-resistant seeds in her pocket, Tempest teams up with a scavenger boy named Alder and runs for help. But when they finally arrive at AgraStar headquarters, they discover that there's an even bigger plot behind the blight—and it's up to them to stop it from happening again.
Inspired by current environmental issues, specifically the genetic adjustment of seeds to resist blight and the risks of not allowing natural seed diversity, this is an action-adventure story that is Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake meets Nancy Farmer's House of the Scorpion.
This book was so great! The world where companies had exclusive rights to seeds and that they've basically subjugated humanity to work for them, yeah, it's pretty bad. Though there are people who are outside the system!
On one hand, it seems like there's so much to talk about! But on the other, it doesn't, or I can't pick and choose the things that I should mention, which is really hard! This story doesn't take place over a long period of time, the beginning, the rebels attack and the blight is released, the journey with the seeds, being in AgraStar's headquarters, the end!
Tempest thought that AgraStar was good, that they provided jobs and food for their employees. She was blind to their faults, but with Alder, she discovers them! That it turns out that she's the daughter of a highly placed employee at AgraStar complicates things, as does the cloning, but it made the story to good!
The way that this book ends, it's begging for a sequel! Sure, they have the seeds that are resistant to the blight and they aren't with AgraStar anymore, free or captive, either. It just feels like there should be more, especially with the cloning aspect of it all!
I absolutely enjoyed this book, it was so incredible!
Author: Alexandra Duncan
Read: March 5th, 2018
Reason Why: Love her books, and it's a 2018 Dystopia Book, SAC 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: August 1st 2017