Author: Alexandra Duncan
Pub. Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Synopsis: When an agribusiness facility producing genetically engineered food releases a deadly toxin into the environment, seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres races to deliver the cure before time runs out.
From the author of the acclaimed American Booksellers Association’s Indies Introduce pick Salvage, which was called “Brilliant, feminist science fiction” by Stephanie Perkins, the internationally bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. This stand-alone action-adventure story is perfect for fans of Oryx and Crake and The House of the Scorpion.
Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm north of Atlanta, Georgia, since she was found outside its gates at the age of five. Now she’s part of the security force guarding the fence and watching for scavengers—people who would rather steal genetically engineered food from the Company than work for it. When a group of such rebels accidentally sets off an explosion in the research compound, it releases into the air a blight that kills every living thing in its path—including humans. With blight-resistant seeds in her pocket, Tempest teams up with a scavenger boy named Alder and runs for help. But when they finally arrive at AgraStar headquarters, they discover that there’s an even bigger plot behind the blight—and it’s up to them to stop it from happening again.
Inspired by current environmental issues, specifically the genetic adjustment of seeds to resist blight and the risks of not allowing natural seed diversity, this is an action-adventure story that is Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake meets Nancy Farmer’s House of the Scorpion.
I haven’t read Alexandra Duncan’s other books, but they’ve been on my to read list for ages now. When I heard that she was coming out with another book, Blight, I was super excited and I really wanted to check it out. It sounded like something that was up my alley, and it really was – it was one of those books that I expected to like and liked it even more than I thought I was going to.
Blight has an interesting story going on – definitely unique and it really made for an awesome story. In Blight, a company releases a toxin in food that causes illness and death. There is a cure for the toxin’s poison, however, and Tempest Torres has it. So this seventeen year old girl has to try and deliver the cure, so that the people that she knows and loves, as well as people from all over the world, can receive it so that they can stop the spread of the toxin. She has seeds…seeds that are resistant to the blight, and she needs to not only plant them, but she also needs to stop this from happening again in the future, and the secrets that are divulged later in the book are really twisted.
I really found myself enjoying the plot and the characters in this one, because both of them were really rounded and easy to just fall in love with. Tempest is a really strong heroine and she keeps her main goal in mind throughout the entirety of the book instead of letting petty nonsense get in the way of essentially saving the world. She’s dedicated, focused, and true to her heart, and probably one of my favorite book characters I’ve come across in a long time.
The thing with Blight is – it’s kind of scary. The issues at hand in this book seem like the kind of hit close to home, especially with the environmental issues that are going on around us. It’s a book that’s timed perfect for not only today’s generation, but for everyone – with hopes that it will force them to wake up and pay more attention to everything going on around them.
I have to give a lot of high praise to Alexandra Duncan for writing this book, and for writing it so well. She really tackled a tough subject and made it into a really amazing read. I definitely recommend this one to everyone!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Alexandra Duncan is a writer and librarian. Her first novel, Salvage, was published April 1, 2014, by Greenwillow Books. Her short fiction has appeared in several Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She loves anything that gets her hands dirty – pie-baking, leatherworking, gardening, drawing, and rolling sushi. She lives with her husband and two monstrous, furry cats in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
You can visit her online at http://alexandra-duncan.com/
1 winner will receive a signed hardcover of BLIGHT plus a set of the gorgeous prints in the photo, US Only.
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