Fireseed Oneby Catherine Stine
Published on December 2, 2011 by Konjur Road Press
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Fireseed One is a futuristic thriller that can be enjoyed by both teens and adults. The year is 2089. Temperate climate has replaced Arctic ice, and much of what is now the United States is a lethal Hotzone, cut off by an insurmountable border from its northern, luckier neighbors, Ocean and Land Dominion. It is rumored that roving Hotzone nomads will kill for a water pellet or a slice of insect loaf, and that the ZWC, a dangerous Hotzone activist group, has infiltrated the border to the northern Dominions. Up in Ocean Dominion, all eighteen year-old Varik Teitur wants is to party on SnowAngel Island with his friend Audun and flirt with college girls he dreams of joining next year in his quest to become a doctor. Instead, he inherits a vast sea farm, following the death of his father, famous marine biologist Professor Teitur. Five weeks later, ZWC member Marisa Baron breaks into the farm's secret seed vault and a fellow activist poisons the farm's agar crops, the world's food source. In order to save the last agar seedlings Varik is forced to journey to the Hotzone in search of Fireseed, a plant his father supposedly developed with magical hybridization properties. Varik takes Marisa along. Aside from being a terrorist, she's the daughter of Melvyn Baron, the biggest real estate mogul in Land Dominion, and the professor's old rival. Oddly, she knows lots about Fireseed, and what Hotzone land Professor Teitur bought to test the crop, before becoming embittered and trashing the project. No one except Varik knows whether Fireseed once existed off the drawing board. Might the refugees in Vegas-by-the-Sea have answers, or the bizarre Fireseed cult in the Chihuahua desert? Varik, the reluctant hero, must risk burning in the Hotzone, as his mother did, to save the ailing agar, and the world.
When I first received the review request for Fireseed One, I was hesitant about taking it on. It sounded interesting enough and although that logic has led me astray before, I’m glad I took the chance. I always enjoy a good adventure and this book provided just that. Now I’ll try not to give away much so you’ll have to read it yourself.
It took me a little while to get into the story but once I did, I found myself caught up in a futuristic world with characters that made me laugh and cheer them on. In a time where global warming has already happened, a dystopian society has emerged. It was interesting to read another take on the future as there have been quite a few dystopian novels released lately. Like these novels I’ve been reading, Stine’s story was intriguing, especially the illustrations. They really helped put a picture to all the beautiful descriptions. Unlike some novels, Stine’s descriptions wasn’t over the top and distracting. I found it flowed well with the story.
Just like with any good story, there are characters too. Varik and Marisa had some awkward dialogue here and there but overall were relatable. I don’t read books with male protagonists often but I found Fireseed One‘s Varik easy to follow through the story. The romance between him and Marisa was…sweet. At times I thought it was weird in that Varik seemed to jump from disliking Marisa to liking her in a very short amount of time. Other than that, I liked both of the protagonists. They were well suited for the rough world they lived in.
I found Fireseed One to be a fast-paced read, filled with action, adventure, and even a little romance. A great read and I definitely recommend it.