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It's the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. The United States has become a nation of migrants -- starving masses of nomads who seek out a living in encampments outside government seed-distribution warehouses. In this new world, there is a new power. Satori is more than just a corporation; she is an intelligent, living city that grew out of the ruins of Denver. Satori bioengineers both the climate resistant seed that feeds a hungry nation and her own post-human genetic Designers, Advocates, and Laborers. What remains of the United States government now exists solely to distribute Satori seed; a defeated American military doles out bar-coded, single-use Satori seed to the nation's starving citizens. When one of Satori's Designers goes rogue, Agent Sienna Doss is tasked with bringing her in: the government wants to use the Designer to break Satori's stranglehold on seed production and reassert themselves as the center of power. As events spin out of control, Sienna finds herself at the heart of Satori, where an explosive climax promises to reshape the future of the world. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.… (more)
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You can read my review of this book at the New York Journal of Books: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/seed ( )
  CarmaSpence | Jul 26, 2018 |
It took a while for me to get into this book because the humans all seem so alien, and even the good guys are not exactly good. This book is set in a harsh future world where genetics and GM crops have completely overhauled society, not just changing food crops but changing every living thing on the planet and contributing to the catastrophic effects of climate change. This is a sci-fi book for modern readers, showing technology and science just a bit out of reach but imaginable, and a society that despite seeming so alien, is disturbingly plausible in a few centuries from now. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
In the 22nd century climate change has turned North America into an inhospitable land: scorching desert in the summer, frozen wasteland in the winter. The remaining populace migrate up and down the country, scraping a living from the ground with seeds given to them by the post-corporation Satori. It's a beautifully imagined word and Zeigler throws you straight into it. The reader needs a certain level of SF-(or science)-literacy as Zeigler doesn't bother explaining how or why the world came to be this way. Instead the story focuses on the people just trying to survive.
It gets off to a choppy start, jumping around between Brood's present, backstory and recent past events, bouncing between characters, the plot is not immediately clear. Stick with it, the ending is worth it.
You'll notice the terrible editing from the beginning (other reviewers have noted what they spotted. I saw 'souls of their feet' within the first few pages). Some reviewers have said that they couldn't understand it because some of the characters spoke in Spanish. That's just nonsense. The meaning is obvious from the context. You need less Spanish to read this book than you need Elvish to read Tolkein.
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1 vote Flick-Imrie | May 15, 2016 |
I absolutely refuse to read anything anymore that does not absolutely enthrall me (unless I have to). This is tolerable and has a good premise, but I am not into reading merely to consume "tolerable" literature. I only want to spend my time on the best. This does not qualify. On to try something else (after deciding to abandon it on about page 130). ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
I gave it the requisite 50 pages, and I still don't care. (It doesn't help that it's doing that First Novel Thing where I'm three chapters in and each chapter is an entirely new set of characters, which I hate.) ( )
  jen.e.moore | Jul 31, 2015 |
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It's the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. The United States has become a nation of migrants -- starving masses of nomads who seek out a living in encampments outside government seed-distribution warehouses. In this new world, there is a new power. Satori is more than just a corporation; she is an intelligent, living city that grew out of the ruins of Denver. Satori bioengineers both the climate resistant seed that feeds a hungry nation and her own post-human genetic Designers, Advocates, and Laborers. What remains of the United States government now exists solely to distribute Satori seed; a defeated American military doles out bar-coded, single-use Satori seed to the nation's starving citizens. When one of Satori's Designers goes rogue, Agent Sienna Doss is tasked with bringing her in: the government wants to use the Designer to break Satori's stranglehold on seed production and reassert themselves as the center of power. As events spin out of control, Sienna finds herself at the heart of Satori, where an explosive climax promises to reshape the future of the world. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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