Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway - The Sowing (The Seeds Trilogy, #1) by K. Makansi

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The Sowing by K. Makansi
Publication date: August 19th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Remy Alexander was born into the elite meritocracy of the Okarian Sector. From an early age, she and her friends were programmed for intellectual and physical superiority through specialized dietary regimes administered by the Okarian Agricultural Consortium. But when her older sister Tai was murdered in a brutal classroom massacre, her parents began to suspect foul play. They fled the Sector, taking their surviving daughter underground to join the nascent Resistance movement. But now, three years later, Remy’s former schoolgirl crush, Valerian Orleán, is put in charge of hunting and destroying the Resistance. As Remy and her friends race to unravel the mystery behind her sister’s murder, Vale is haunted by the memory of his friendship with Remy and is determined to find out why she disappeared. As the Resistance begins to fight back against the Sector, and Vale and Remy search for the answers to their own questions, the two are set on a collision course that could bring everyone together—or tear everything apart.





K. Makansi is the pen name for the writing triumvirate consisting of Amira, Elena, and Kristina Makansi. Two sisters and their mother, the three women developed a passionate interest in science fiction as a way to write about issues of food sovereignty and food justice. Elena is pursuing a degree in environmental studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, and will graduate in May of 2014. Amira was a history student at the University of Chicago whose day job working in the cellar of a winery (and constantly being splattered with wine) keeps her busy when she’s not writing. And Kristy owns and operates Blank Slate Press, an independent publishing company based out of St. Louis, and is a partner at Treehouse Publishing Group, a company providing editorial and design services to aspiring authors. When not writing or reading, the three can be found having animated discussions around the dinner table, sharing a good bottle of wine, or taking long walks in the park eagerly plotting out their next book.

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and K. Makansi*

3.5/5 stars

Remy Alexander left the capital of the Okarian Sector with her family to join the Resistance after her sister was killed in a classroom massacre. 
Three years later, Remy lives in an underground Resistance base and finds information to the reason behind her sister’s murder.

Back in the capital, Valerian Orlean, son of two important figures in the Okarian Sector and the boy that Remy had loved, is given the task of hunting down Resistance members. 
Vale soon discovers dark secrets that make him reconsider his position.

The Sowing is set in a post-apocalyptic world which we learn a bit about but I would have liked there to be more details about the destruction of the Old World and then the establishment of the Okarian Sector.

One thing I really liked about this book was that science was a big theme. 
As someone with an interest in the sciences, particularly Biology, I found it very interesting and I liked the fact that it played such an important role in the storyline. 
I also found the technology intriguing, especially the idea of sonic grenades.

Apart from the prologue which is told from Remy’s sister, Tai’s, point of view, The Sowing is told from Remy and Vale’s perspectives. 
It was interesting to read as they both discovered things and changed throughout the book. 
They were both likeable characters as were their friends.

I found the middle of the story to be a bit dull but it picked up towards the end and was so gripping that I didn’t want to put the book down.

Overall this was a good read with intriguing elements. 

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