Book Review: Seed by Lisa Heathfield


Author: Lisa Heathfield

Publisher: Egmont / Electric Monkey

Release Date: 16th April 2015

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Fiction

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go.

Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late.


About The Author

Before becoming a mum to her three sons, Lisa Heathfield was a secondary school English teacher and loved inspiring teenagers to read.

Lisa Heathfield launched her writing career with SEED in 2015. Published by Egmont it is a stunning YA debut about a life in cult. PAPER BUTTERFLIES is her beautiful and heart-breaking second novel.

Lisa lives in Brighton with her family.


My Review

This has been on my list to read for quite a while now and I’d sort of forgotten about it, but I came across it again and thought I’d take it with me on a trip to London. So glad I did because this book made the train journey there and back fly by – I couldn’t put it down! Like literally though, my train arrived back home in Blackpool and I was on the last page, refusing to put it away so I kept reading whilst walking down the platform and through the station: I had to finish it.

I’ve said this before but I love reading about cults. This is a perfect example of how a person thinks and feels and acts when they belong to a cult. This particular cult – which I assume is entirely fictional – is based on Nature worship which at first seems somewhat refreshing and harmless. The issue (as always is the case) is their megalomaniac leader who lies about ‘Outsiders’ and claims to be able to speak to Mother Nature, ‘interpreting’ her commands as he sees fit. Obviously this is to control his followers and exert power and dominance over them, which works well until a boy from the ‘Outside’ joins with his mum and sister, challenging everything that Pearl thinks and feels.

The well-paced story unravels beautifully and keeps the reader completely absorbed and wanting more. For a debut novel from Lisa Heathfield, it’s a blistering success in my opinion and definitely an auto-buy author from now on – I can’t wait to read her next novel Paper Butterflies.

I know I’m late to the party with this book but have you read it? What did you think?



Note: Synopsis and About the Author are taken from Goodreads

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