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Book Review: Poison (Wind Dancer, #1) by Lan Chan


Synopsis:
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. Utilizing 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 rumors 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.


About the Author:

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.




My Review:
When I started Poison it seemed like it might end up like all other YA dystopians', but there was some factor I can't pin point that seemed different then the rest and kept me reading. Quickly after the beginning the stories picked up pace and the uniqueness of this book shines. The setting of this dystopian was unlike the norm and was built amazingly. The main character Rory (I prefer her real name) is a strong female character who doubts herself but is stubborn to a T. Her character develops as the story goes on with every obstacle/decision she faces. I found her realistic in the ways she handles everything and liked her more at the end of the book. I liked the premise that seeds are the most important thing in post apocalyptic world, because it is more realistic then a corrupt government after the world ends. Honestly when the worlds is ending everyone is going to be concerned about getting their hands on food. The different casts' created were very unique this along with the distinctive apocalyptic world made this a page turner. Honestly by the end of the book I felt connected to the characters and the world and will definitely read the next book in the series.
I would recommend to everyone because this book is well crafted and engrossing!
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