Friday, 10 January 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Cloud Seeders by James Zerndt

I received a copy of The Cloud Seeders in exchange for my review.

The last time it rained was nearly a year ago, and people are getting desperate. Brothers Thomas and Dustin earn their water by hunting down people who are wasting electricity and water. Thomas knows that he needs to tell Dustin the truth about their parents, and plans to do so while they are on a road trip, along with Jerushua, the girl that Thomas is in love with. Along the way they discover a colony of Leftovers, but end up captured and forced into a rehab centre.

It seems like ages since I've read a dystopian book, not too sure why to be honest, but The Cloud Seeders was a brilliant example of the genre!

Number one factor in favour of this book was the choice of narrator. Most young adult dystopias have a teenage female protagonist as a first person narrator, but that wasn't the case in The Cloud Seeders, here Thomas broke the mould, both by being male, and also being 18! There was also no love triangle (cause for celebration!), pretty sure that this book must be after my heart or something!

The concept was interesting, no dystopia that I have read before has actually used water as a sort of currency, and nor has the reason for the dystopia in the first place been so fully explained, or been what this one was. And yes, that comment was deliberately cryptic, don't want to spoil anything now do I!

There was only one potential issue that I have with The Cloud Seeders, and that was the ambiguity surrounding Thomas and Jerushua's relationship. As in what was their relationship! Most of the time I thought that they were girlfriend and boyfriend, but every now and again, Thomas though something that would make me question if they had actually got that far. Not an overly important point really, especially as it was obvious that they did like each other!

Another good point this book had was that one of the central characters, Dustin, was still a child (he was 9), and it really showed the effect that living in such harsh conditions could have on a child, and that the children of that world would have to grow up pretty quickly.

I really enjoyed this book, and I hope to see more from The Cloud Seeder characters!


This is a super special giveaway! The author is very kindly giving away a copy of the original The Cloud Seeders, which had a slightly more adult content than the copy I've reviewed. Its a paperback and has the same cover. In his own words:
Yes, the book has the same name: The Cloud Seeders. It also has the same jacket cover. The only difference is it contains profanity and one short sex scene. Some people were offended by the language so I ended up toning it down quite a bit.
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About the Author:

James Zerndt lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son. His poetry has appeared in The Oregonian Newspaper, and his fiction has most recently appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal and SWINK magazine. He rarely refers to himself in the third person.

His latest book is the YA scifi, The Cloud Seeders.

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About the Book:

Serve Your Country, Conserve Your Water, Observe Your Neighbor

This is the slogan of the Sustainability Unit and of a country gone eco-hysterical. After nearly twelve months without rain and the hinges of the world barely still oiled, Thomas and his younger brother, Dustin, set out across a drought-ridden landscape in search of answers. What they discover along the way will change their lives, and their country, forever.

The Cloud Seeders weaves humor and heartache, as well as poetry and science, into a unique novel that defies categorization.

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