The first in a series of four, The Harvest is about the perhaps not so distant future when “mutants” are bred for organ transplants. Mutants from one of these facilities escape and begin killing the humans “they were designed to save.”
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little girl, but my tastes have changed over the years. You’d think as an English teacher, I’d want to spend my precious few reading moments on classical literature, but actually…I love to be entertained! The Harvest was a fast, enjoyable read. I didn’t want to put it down and ended up finishing it in about 3 sittings. I would have read the entire thing in 1, but my iPad died at one point, and I have a baby that constantly needs my attention, so…
It’s important to note that this book is very violent. There’s a lot of death, on both sides. *Spoiler Alert* At one point, I almost quit reading the book…until I realized the newborns in the hospital were not going to be murdered, but instead rescued. It was, perhaps, a little unrealistic that the good guys were able to carry so many floppy newborns around in their arms and set them down in time to react to danger, but what is reality in a sci-fi thriller? I’m just happy the babies were okay!
There are also references to God in the book, and curiously, it was one of the mutants (and the main character) who believed in Him. I’m curious to read more about her background. Morey has told me that more of Steph’s past will be revealed in the subsequent novels.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book is where a chapter moves to another and seems to skip over an entire scene. The one chapter ends with the characters deciding to go to the football stadium, but the next chapter, they’re at the hospital. As the book continued, I was able to induce that they had gone to the stadium, but it wasn’t clear.
The Harvest really made me think. Initially, I sided with the mutants and thought the humans were murdering human beings with souls (the mutants). Then the mutants started killing, and not just in defense. They wanted to kill everyone in revenge. So I started to view the mutants as the “bad guys.” At the very end of the book though, it comes full circle. So who were the “good guys” and who were the “bad guys”? Well, except for the three main characters, the lines weren’t clear, and I think that’s the point. Moral dilemmas aren’t usually black and white, and too often both parties are guilty of something.
I’m looking forward to purchasing and reading the rest of the series when it comes out. I want to know what happens to the main characters, and I don’t see how this can end well for everyone!
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