*This book was provided for an honest review
Reviewed by: Demetrius Svette
“A little reminder that each rose is so very different in its own way, even roses from the same bush. I think you’ll find that you need to care for each of the roses singly in order for the whole bush to be healthy and grow. She is unique, and if I try to raise her like any other child, it’s going to result in nothing but disappointment and heartache for the both us. We’ll both wither and die, just like the rose bush will if each of its parts are not properly taken care of.”
The Seed revolves around two main characters: Alicia, the mother- which is a character stronger than most who would do anything in the world to protect and keep her daughter safe- and Mindy. Alicia is put through tests and a series of what ifs that leaves her no clear answers and just does what needs to be done. She is dealing with other problems like the school that her daughter goes to that forces her to stop what she is doing and flee over there in an instant, problems with her job, and also the Government. Alicia has a strong emotion and power of love towards Mindy and will not stop at anything to be by her side, and protect her like a mother should.
Mindy is Alicia’s daughter; in this story she is put through some heart wrenching experiences and it puts you on your toes. You may find yourself without nails while flipping through the pages in Mindy’s point of view. Mindy goes through a lot of abuse in this story of The Seed but not necessarily in the more conventional ways that people talk about. In the beginning of the book, it talks about abuse and it is portrayed to be swept under the carpet to pretend like it doesn’t exist. Abuse recruits its followers; it creates monsters out of once beautiful people by putting them into unspeakable torments and habitats. Will you become the survivor of The Seed?
Wendi Starusnak puts this book together like you are reading two entirely different books within the same book; you are put in two different points of views- the mother’s and the child’s. It makes you ask questions throughout, page after page, and it will make you feel like you are The Seed. Wendi is creative and interesting while making suspense come alive, making it feel so surreal at times through the journey this back and forth scenario creates. She has the power within her words that will make you cringe, ball your fist, and feel sympathy towards her characters. She is a talented writer, making characters that you feel like you can emotionally bond with and a story line that takes creativity to a whole different level. I do look forward to seeing what else she brings to the table in her books.