Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.
And she's always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.
Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the
gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and
consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave
the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today,
that task becomes Fenn's.
Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree,
as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot
an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but
Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like
summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his
people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him.
their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must
learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s
survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths,
she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing
love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest. From Goodreads.
I read this book in one sitting, I think that says it all. It was interesting from start to finish and I am looking forward to the next book that should be published at some point in 2013.
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2013 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge (Young Adult)
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2013 Women Challenge
Dystopia Reading Challenge 2013
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