This month, I finished reading the first book in the Black Butler Manga Series, and a post-apocalyptic book titled Seeds. Don’t get me wrong, I love Black Butler as an anime, and I really liked the manga, but Seeds was so much better.
Chris Mandeville’s Seeds takes place in a world that has been ravaged by a solar event that makes growing food and using vehicles impossible. So a bit like McCarthy’s The Road, only a lot less grey and with no cannibalism shown. In fact, everything seems pretty humane and normal in Mandeville’s world. There are people surviving thanks to either religion, the military, or someone stepping up and taking charge.
Now, in Seeds, the reader follows three characters. A naive medic from Colorado who wants to find seeds so that his people won’t starve out and die, a ship captain who knows his way around pirates that want’s to save his son and daughter, and a sadistic and twisted ruler of what used to be Los Angeles.
Reid, the guy from Colorado, ticked me off a bit. I could tell he was there to push the story where it needed to go, and it frustrated me. Mainly because the story revolves around him, which you’ll find out at the very end of the book. Nicolai, the captain, is freaking awesome. The only thing that bugged me was how many times he made the palms of his hands bleed from digging his finger nails into them. Seriously, it could be a drinking game. And the chancellor of Lost Angeles is a devious asshole who gets everything that comes to him.
It’s a super fast paced e-book and has super short chapters, so there is no way to put it down. I seriously had to force myself to put it down so that I could go to bed, eat, and write. When I finished the book and had to rate it, I gave it four stars. It was a great read, but Reid ticked me off a bit, and I didn’t like that Nicolai fell off the face of the earth as soon as Mandeville was done with his plot intersecting with Reid’s. I totally recommend it, just know that you won’t be begging for more.