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Poison by Lan Chan
(Wind Dancer #1)
Publication date: September 1st 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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, Divergent, strong protagonists, minority characters, circuses and nature!
So I do love a good dystopian tale but the problem with dystopian fiction is that sometimes recurring themes are presented to us with every new release.
Is this novel different, does it stand out?
Well yes it does, the big standout is the setting, nope it is not the USA and it ain't Britain, it isn't even in the same hemisphere, it is set in Australia and straight away that is something different.
Yes I know Oz has Mad Max and there are other Australian post-apoc novels out there but they are few and far between.
Quite frankly if the you know what hits the fan, the centre of Australia would be the perfect place to hide, well providing you have a ton of supplies.
Any way I digress, Rory our lead character has grown up in a society where the food is scarce and is closely monitored. The Seeders are responsible for this and they poison land to ensure nobody can grow crops whenever they like - they are very much in control.
Rory as a young child held a position in the circus as the Wind Dancer, a position that brought fame but her dancing days came to an end six years ago when her mother was killed.
Now sixteen, she seeks to avenge her mother whilst creating crops under the noses of the Seekers.
The Seekers must be obeyed but Rory has no plan to do that, can she survive?
A really enjoyable read and hey no spoilers from me either, the synopsis is excellent and much more eloquent than I could put it!
This definitely was different from the setting to the whole Seeder idea, it was gripping plus that cover is just to die for!
A great new series to add to your dystopian book shelf!
Thanks to Xpresso tours for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
Lan Chan is a writer, gardener and professional procrastinator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is still waiting for her super powers to manifest but until then she writes young adult novels featuring strong female protagonists, minority characters and has a particular interest in dystopias and urban fantasy. Lan’s debut novel POISON, the first in her WIND DANCER series is due for release in September 2015.