“Great book, beautiful story. So different from what I normally ready, but I enjoyed it.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I love this book. I wasn't expecting much from it because I'm not a fan of Zombies. It turned out that the narrator (who is blind) has to get water for her groundlings who are hiding in a cave when the Scourge (zombies) come. Her Lofty (who lives in the trees) is supposed to watch her and make sure she doesn't get killed in the process. When the Scourge don't leave Fennel (the narrator) must set out and find the mythical Hidden waters for her people.”Monica wrote this review Thursday, February 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Over all the story was interesting. This is more of a zombie-ish book with the zombies being flesh eaters that the people call the scourge. The main character is a girl named Fennel who is blind and since she is blind has protection from the scourge. She is the person who gathers water when the scourge comes to protect both her people the groundlings and the lofties. When the scourge appears not to be leaving she goes on a journey to find a protected land with her keeper Perrie. Though this journey they find out how the Scourge was created and how to protect themselves.
I overall liked this book but was a little thrown off by the authors lack of detail. I though since the main character was blind this would be a great way for the author to paint a picture by using descriptive of touch, feel, smell, etc but in that fact I was disappointed. Also I though the way the scourge was created was unexpected but an easy way out of an in-depth story plot. This book was overall a good read a little slow and at some points disappointing but a good read. ”
“on kindle”Joni H wrote this review Tuesday, January 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In Fenn's world, you can be one of three things. Either a Groundling, forced to live on the forest floor, a Lofty, who lives up high among the trees, or a Fleshie, a zombie-type creature that wanders the forest in search of prey. While the Lofties can easily protect themselves from the Fleshies, the Groundlings, Fenn among them, are forced to deal with occasional and deadly onslaughts of "the Scourge" and somehow stay alive in hiding whenever they arrive.
Fenn is special among the Groundlings. Blind, she is immune to the terror of the Scourge and so she alone must help her people when they arrive, gathering water and bringing it to their sheltered hiding place. She does, however, have help from above - one Lofty is assigned to assist her in her task and the relationship she creatures with this Lofty will lead to political and societal upheaval - and take her to places she didn't even dare to imagine.
So, a pretty intense premise. The zombie scenes are nasty and well-written. I like the plot in theory but I'll be honest, I thought that overall the execution was less than amazing. I don't know if it's because Fenn is blind but there was so much more telling than showing, so much obvious introspection and self-speak. I liked pieces of the romantic plotline but it also sometimes stuttered into cliche, which was a shame.
It was flat for me, but not a total waste of time either.”
“Great book, beautiful story. So different from what I normally ready, but I enjoyed it.”Karyn wrote this review Sunday, October 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The world-building is well done and the lead protagonist appealing, however, it loses momentum and I had to work to finish. There were discordant elements, in that a large natural predator would struggle to find enough to eat, let alone survive, find a mate and bear cubs (if you read it, you'll see what I mean). It just didn't gel. Aside from the heavy suspension of belief demanded, it's a light, fairly enjoyable read. ”UnrealYA wrote this review Saturday, July 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is absolutely, positively PHENOMENAL! The author's writing style is interesting, with plenty of vivid descriptions. The idea had intrigued me from the start, but I was a little bit hesitant: I didn't want to read a book about a wasteland full of zombies. But this book is anything but: It is set in a lush forest environment, with conflicts between the "Groundies" and the "Lofties", the former, as you may have gathered, living on the forest floor at the mercy of the Scourge, and the latter living safe in the trees, but relying on the former for the valuble water, supplied by the main character, Fennel, whos sightlessness protects her from the dreadful creatures that are the Scourge. But beware, for betrayall is around every corner, and the "Scourge" may not be what they seem. Can Fenell protect herself and her people from lies and deciet, and can her blindness protect her from the deady Scourge? And will she ever be able to love freely her guardian, a Lofty?”Hayden wrote this review Friday, April 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No