Review + Giveaway: The Sowing by K. Makansi

March 10, 2014 giveaway, Lindsay's reviews 5

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review + Giveaway: The Sowing by K. MakansiThe Sowing by K. Makansi
Series: The Seeds Trilogy #1
on August 19th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the author
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Remy Alexander was born into the elite meritocracy of the Okarian Sector. From an early age, she and her friends were programmed for intellectual and physical superiority through specialized dietary regimes administered by the Okarian Agricultural Consortium. But when her older sister Tai was murdered in a brutal classroom massacre, her parents began to suspect foul play. They fled the Sector, taking their surviving daughter underground to join the nascent Resistance movement. But now, three years later, Remy’s former schoolgirl crush, Valerian Orleán, is put in charge of hunting and destroying the Resistance. As Remy and her friends race to unravel the mystery behind her sister’s murder, Vale is haunted by the memory of his friendship with Remy and is determined to find out why she disappeared. As the Resistance begins to fight back against the Sector, and Vale and Remy search for the answers to their own questions, the two are set on a collision course that could bring everyone together—or tear everything apart.

This is just the beginning. I can feel it. This is only the first book in the series, and it’s already a complicated story, with various subplots and tons of detail. The authors were kind enough to provide a map at the beginning of the book, but I’m not sure how helpful it was. The world building was far too complex to navigate with a map! Therein lies the problem. With such a full plot, I know that I will inevitably forget a lot of the details by the time the next book is released. I am hoping desperately that there will be an outline at the beginning of the next book to help me out.

The characters are going to be my saving grace. There are simply unforgettable. They will stand clearly in my mind until it’s time for the next book, I’m sure. There is a perfect dynamic between the characters, both sensual and volatile at the same time. There is so much deep-seated bitterness that it is almost impossible to see their camaraderie buried beneath it all. Almost. Lines are so blurry that it’s hard to tell where the enemy ends and the friend begins.

I would like to consider myself a fairly smart cookie, but I’m hardly the sharpest tool in the shed. The Sowing made me feel smart by taking really complex biology and genetic theories and making them easy to follow. In fact, I probably learned more from this book than I did from my high school biology class! (Don’t tell my teacher. I’ll deny everything.)

My main question after reading this was “Who is the intended audience?” There were a dozen f-bombs, and some mature themes. Otherwise, the book was completely clean. There was nothing overly gory or brutally violent. Some mild sexuality, but very PG13 in that aspect. It reads like YA, but with language. I’m not clueless to the fact that teens use swear words, but a lot of parents might object to it. I would suggest that parents read the book first, and decide for themselves if they have an issue with it. Either that, or teens read it, and dazzle their parents will all their new-found biology knowledge, keeping the f-bombs to themselves. Either way, enjoy! It’s bound to be a great series!




K. Makansi is the pen name for the writing triumvirate consisting of Amira, Elena, and Kristina Makansi. Two sisters and their mother, the three women developed a passionate interest in science fiction as a way to write about issues of food sovereignty and food justice. Elena is pursuing a degree in environmental studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, and will graduate in May of 2014. Amira was a history student at the University of Chicago whose day job working in the cellar of a winery (and constantly being splattered with wine) keeps her busy when she’s not writing. And Kristy owns and operates Blank Slate Press, an independent publishing company based out of St. Louis, and is a partner at Treehouse Publishing Group, a company providing editorial and design services to aspiring authors. When not writing or reading, the three can be found having animated discussions around the dinner table, sharing a good bottle of wine, or taking long walks in the park eagerly plotting out their next book.

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3

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  • Colleen

    Sounds like a great dystopian mystery! My two fave genres! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tina Myers

    Great looking book..

  • Oh I’m glad the science stuff is not overwhelming! I’m not the best when it cones to biology and genetic science :S It does sound like the start of a really good series though. I personally don’t mind swear words and stuff I was in a school where kids used them maybe a bit to much so for me it sounds realistic. Great review, Lindsay!

  • Victoria

    Thanks for the great giveaways!

  • marypreston

    This does sound fascinating. I look forward to catching up with the trilogy.