All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.
At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S’s companion. She feels excitement... and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community — particularly the teenage son, Ellis — only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant.
Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface.
I was looking forward to reading this book. The few cult themed books that I have read I liked. This one was really "real" feeling. Too much to the point that I was kind of turned off by it. I put the book down at chapter sixteen and never picked it back up. This is because to me it felt like this book was not just about religion but also about sexuality. This aspect of the book was not like innocence lost and growing up but to me it was darker.
Also, I was not invested in any of the characters so I really did not feel anything for them or their stories. This is the type of book that you need to experience what the characters are going through like me you won't like this book. Not recommended to be read for the younger audience.