Sunday 7 June 2015

Book Musings - Germination by Jamie Thornton

Title : Germination
Author : Jamie Thornton
Series : Feast of Weeds, Book 1
Genre : Young Adult, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopia
Source : Bought

Blurb : 

A group of runaways. A horrifying virus.
Mary knows how to thrive on the street. She makes it her mission to keep other kids away from everyday monsters. But when she’s attacked by a crazed man clutching a bloody heart she realizes—there’s a new kind of monster in town. 
A single drop of blood, and now Mary’s one of the infected. Unless she can stop the virus and save her friends, the new monster in town might just be her. 
A post-apocalyptic Young Adult series where the runaways are the heroes, the zombies aren’t really zombies, and you can't trust your memories—even if they're all you have left.

My Musings : 

 Yes I know it's a novella but I expected it to be a bit longer. And the ending had me reeling...

Let me start from the beginning.

The book cover is kind of grungy and there's not much of the story elements in it to make sense but it grabs attention easily. The blurb just gives the bare outline of the story as it should. It doesn't say anything about the emotions involved in the book.

Now having runaways as the main characters, that's a first. I have not read any book focused on them. I loved reading from a runaway's point of view. The protagonist, Mary seems to be a level headed person who always looks out for her friends. The way she has to get away to keep them safe was heart-rending. The other characters play their roles well with Ano and Gabbi making the most impression on me. The way they have each other's back points at their close friendship. I find that an enviable trait in their street life.

The plot is not yet clear except for the infection of Mary and her friends. So far, it isn't anything original. It raises more questions about the cause of the virus and the starting point and I am very eager to read the sequel to know the back story and also the continuation of their plight. The story is very fast paced and I didn't have time take a breath between the scenes. The dialogue is realistic and it creates a reel of images easily.

After a very short time, I was at the end and the climax of the book had me blinking in shock. I certainly didn't expect that kind of ending. I was expecting Mary to find a solution but then that would have been contrived. I sure hope the next book can answer all my questions and doubts.

To conclude, I would tell you to read it to decide if you want to give the series a go. For me, I am adding it to my To-Read list of series now and I am on the lookout for the future books.

My one line review : A short dystopian story to pique your interest in the series about a group of runaways.

My rating : 4/5

My reread factor : 4/5



  1. Great review. I also enjoyed this book because it was quite different to other post apocalyptic stories and I am looking forward to reading the next book Contamination to see where the series is headed from here.

  2. I am finding that novellas appeal to me more than I thought that they would. I am reading one now. They are great as a filler when I don't know what to read next. Thank you for your review.