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Fireseed One

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Fireseed One is a futuristic thriller that can be enjoyed by both teens and adults. The year is 2089. Temperate climate has replaced Arctic ice, and much of what is now the United States is a lethal Hotzone, cut off by an insurmountable border from its northern, luckier neighbors, Ocean and Land Dominion. It is rumored that roving Hotzone nomads will kill for a water pelle ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published December 2nd 2011 by Konjur Road Press (first published March 23rd 2010)
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Alex Bennett
I’m not a fan of science fiction. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying Fireseed One immensely. Because even though it is sci-fi—heavily so—it was an action-packed, emotional thrill ride that made me forget about the genre, and instead focus on the characters and their journey.

Fireseed One is based in a highly imaginative futuristic world where land is a desert wasteland, and people have chosen to build their lives on and around the water to survive. Everything is barren and dry, and there
M. Pax
Ruby’s Fire is a fantastic story and one I keep thinking about. I keep thinking about Ruby and her brother and those incredible plants Catherine invented.
Ruby is a character with issues and talents. Her talent for mixing natural substances leads to her problem of habitual usage of a mixture that helps her sleep.
Events in her life feed that need for escape, and that’s how the story opens, with the physical need to escape a horrible future. Risking all, Ruby grabs her little brother and heads ou
Beverly McClure
By Catherine Stine
Illustrated by Catherine Stine

Sometimes the people we know are not who we think they are, even if they’re our parents. Sometimes our worst enemy turns out to be the person we care about the most. Life changes, and we often find ourselves having to make tough decisions. In Author Catherine Stine’s young adult novel, Fireseed One, eighteen-year-old Varik faces challenges he never dreamed of when he inherits a sea farm after his father’s death. Since his mother was mu
Stephen Graff

Catherine Stine's dystopian novel FIRESEED ONE immediately pulls the reader into a strange, new world. The description of the setting--from the physical architecture of it to the natural land and seascapes--is itself compelling enough that it drives the story. I could see it in the next James Cameron film and, as setting is so important to a good dystopian story, it helps to set up the turning points in this novel. It also helps that Ms. Stine is an accomplis
Fireseed One starts off with the protagonist Varik, a boy who has recently lost his father and has a lot on his plate. The story’s action starts off when Varik discovers a strange girl trying to steal seed disks. He catches her before she can get away, holds her captive, and tries to find out more about her. They go on an adventure to search for a hybrid plan through the hot zone, facing many obstacles along the way.

I thought the whole plot of Fireseed One an extremely clever one. The adventure
Paige Bradish
Wow I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t end up liking this book but the more that I read the more that I loved it. The book was a little out of my comfort zone being a book about weird plants in the future well that’s not what they book is about but it’s a pretty big part of the story. Now I know what your thinking a book about plants yeah right but it’s so much more then that!

Now for the characters we have the main character Varik (They have some cool names in the future) Varik is an 18 year
Shelly Blackmore
Received Fireseed One from a Goodreads giveaway - Thanks!

Let me start by saying, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were likable (or not, as required) and easy to care about, and the world created by Cahterine Stine was absolutely remarkable. A futuristic tale of an Earth where the polar caps have melted, leaving the States and areas southward nearly uninhabitalbe, with temps soaring in the mid to upper 100's. Man has adapted, though, learning to grow engineered crops on man-made farming
S.A. Larsen
Mar 13, 2012 S.A. Larsen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens, adults, adventure lovers
Recommended to S.A. by: I want to thank the author for providing me with a copy for review.
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A tale of a futuristic world, where land and water battle against the odds and each other in order to survive.

Despite being out of my regular scope of interest, I enjoyed this story. There was life and emotion throughout the plot, which melded nicely with the subplots. The writer's word choices were appropriate and flowed from one chapter to the next. I really liked how the information about the world, inhabitants, and conflicts were released to the reader. It made sense and was quite plausible.
Betty Cross
Try to imagine a world where global warming has gotten so bad that planet earth is almost uninhabitable below the US-Canadian border, with high temperatures exceeding 135 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Fortunately, the polar region has mild weather and people live either on houseboats or on now-liveable Arctic islands like Vostok and Svalbard. This is the Sea Dominion. It's also rather nice in Canada, now known as the Land Dominion. But below the Land D is the Hotzone, where daily life is a ...more
Billy Bob
This book was recently awarded a bronze in the Teen Category of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our young readers thought:

Cover - All 21 of the readers thought your cover was excellent and very eye-catching. The only slight problem was the kids could not find the blurb hidden in the front of the book.

Layout - Excellent; no problems and the readers loved the font. Oh, and the teenagers loved the drawings but they wanted more (typical kids!)

STYLE/PLOT - The readers described your book
Alison DeLuca
Fireseed gripped me from the start. Stine introduced the action, the concept, and the characters right away, and I loved all of them. Varik, the son of an agar farmer who has to shoulder responsibilities too large for anyone, let alone an adolescent, is strong and intelligent. More than that - he is REAL. He makes bad decisions and gets crushes, and I thoroughly related to him right away.

Marisa, the girl who breaks into the precious seed discs that keep Varik's agar farm going, is also real. Yes
Lee (Rally the Readers)
Also posted on Rally the Readers.

I really like the idea of futuristic worlds, especially the technology they feature because I’m such a tech geek. What I don’t like as much is when a book with this type of setting gets bogged down by scientific details and draws all of the focus away from the plot and the characters. Fortunately, Fireseed One achieves a good balance between providing enough specifics about the world to draw your interest in and help you get a grasp of its workings without overwh
Michael Offutt
I read this book pretty quickly. It's told in first person from the perspective of a guy named Varik. When we first meet him, we discover through his own eyes and thoughts that he's got a lot of chips on his shoulder with regard to the death of his father and eco terrorists. But as the story progresses, and he is confronted by the awful living conditions of those in the rest of the world, he grows to not only understand the important legacy left behind by his genius father, but how he alone can ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Damali rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kat Falls fans
Futuristic world where the temperature gets close to 200 degrees and people have to wear protective clothing. The only available food is grown on sea farms and rationed to the rest of the world. Varik inherited a sea farm from his genius inventor father. He grows Agar, which can be used for anything from building material to food. When his farm is sabotaged, he's forced to travel to the Hotzone -- once known as the United States -- to search for the fabled Fireseed plant that will hopefully solv ...more
Allison Levine
Mar 07, 2012 Allison Levine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
I absolutely loved this book. Catherine Stine has a wonderful knack of creating believeable twists and turns all thruogh the book there was even a point where I said out loud "really?" because I thought those poor kids couldn't take anymore. But they did! I loved the interaction between Varik and Marissa it was believable and endearing. The imagery was beautiful and well described and the illustrations just took it to an even better level. Once I started this book I didn't want to put it down, i ...more
Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: Catherine Stine mailed me a copy of FireSeed One in exchange for an honest review.]

Despite the fact that FireSeed One takes place in a highly creative, well-built possible future, I have mixed feelings about it.

For whatever reason, I could not connect with any of the characters. Not a single one piqued my interest and I really didn’t care about what happened to any of them, even the main characters. I’m not sure why this was, but it felt like there wasn’t enough emotion in the
Graeme Ing
What a wonderful YA read. The imagination that went into this book is incredible. A totally riveting and unique future world. I would label it dystopian, but it's not like any other of that genre I've read before - this has an optimistic and fun vibe rather than the usual dark and gloomy feel.

Stine has created a fascinating world where all the ice has melted and the US has largely turned into a sun-blasted desert. When a blight strikes the world's food supply and our hero, Varik, catches Marisa,
Christine Rains
Varik Teitur has always wanted to study medicine, but when his father dies, he's left to run their sea farm. Food is scarce as the global temperatures rise and the arctic ice has melted. The agar Varik's farms grow feed many. When Marisa Baron breaks into his sea vault, Varik must get back the valuable seeds that were stolen by an activist group. Even as he deals with the infuriating girl, he learns his father had a secret project: a plant called Fireseed that could withstand the cruel sun's ray ...more
I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to get into this book but I was really impressed and actually liked reading this.
Sophia C
This book was very good, and more people should know about it. The illustrations are lovely, the characters are better than a lot of other book and the world building was very impressive. I liked the male protagonist a lot, which is rare because I actually believed that he was a guy, not a female author trying to make a realistic guy.

Varik was a good main character. Though I didn't love him or hate him, I wanted him to succeed and I did care about him. Marisa was the heroine and I went from liki
Nicole Hewitt
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I bought this book because I needed to review Ruby's Fire for a blog tour and I read that it was a sequel to Fireseed One. Even though I read that Ruby's Fire could be easily read as a standalone book, I really prefer to read books in a series in order and not skip past books. It's just a hangup I have. I'm glad that I did because I really enjoyed Fireseed One and I felt like it definitely enhanced my reading of Rub
I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I agreed to read Fireseed One. All I knew was that it sounded really interesting, and I’ve wanted to jump-start my fantasy reads for a long time now. So I am very happy to say that I really enjoyed Fireseed One, and was really impressed with the author, Catherine Stine.
Fireseed One takes place in a future world. Global warming has taken place, and everything is far from perfect. People are quite literally burning to death from heat levels
Mina Burrows
Fireseed One is a riveting futuristic fantasy tale that is classic YA with more than enough to sustain the die-hard adult sci-fi fans. I found the world Stine created reminiscent of best-selling, middle-grade Dark Life series by Kat Falls. However, in Fireseed One, Stine takes the global warming fantasy tale to a whole new level. In the beginning, we meet a reluctant hero, Varik, a young man who's forced to run his family farm after the passing of his father. Straight away, Varik is thrust into ...more
'Fireseed One' is set in a future where mankind is finally seeing the horrible results of pollution and global warming. The 'haves' live in Land Dominion or Ocean Dominion, colonies set up far north where temperatures are still reasonable. The 'have nots' live in the barren deserts and wastelands in the southern parts of the world, burned and killed by the harsh sun and high temperatures.

Eighteen year old Varik has dreams of going to college when his father, an agar farmer, dies unexpectedly in
Helen Mallon
Why illustrate fiction? Isn't narrative enough? Since the 19th century heyday of Charles Dickens's ardent collaborations with artists George Cruikshank and Phiz, a trickle of writers has experimented with this hybrid art form. At best, story and image interact, energizing the reading experience. Such is the case with Catherine Stine's YA speculative novel, FireSeed One. Her engagement with environmental issues and the detailed world she creates will appeal to adult readers as well.

Stine art dire

In prime post-apocalyptic fashion, Catherine Stine’s FireSeed One takes readers on an adventure through a world devastated by global warming. The world as we know it has fallen to ruin. Spiking temperatures have caused much of the United States and other nations near the equator to become uninhabitable. Humans have taken up living in the polar regions on boats or man-made islands. In such a harsh world, our protagonist, eighteen-year-old Varik, has had it relatively easy. His father i
Erleen (Books For YA!)
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Fireseed One took me into a futuristic realm where the world is divided into three parts; The Land Dominion, Ocean Dominion and the Hotzone. In this world, humans who live in the Hotzone was scorched to death, no ordinary plant can survive the intense heat of the sun and the only source of food came from the sea-farms in the Ocean Dominion.

Varik, inherited the biggest sea-farms in Ocean Dominion when his famous marine biologist father died and becaus
Donna Galanti
Apr 29, 2012 Donna Galanti rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens, adults
Fireseed One is a captivating thriller set in a futuristic, toxic world teetering on chaos and crisis. Danger, loss, love, and redemption all tie together with rich characters to make for one imaginative blast.

Varik, a young man struggling to manage his family’s farm alone after his father’s death, finds himself thrust into a deadly mission to save the world’s future food source. It gets worse for him. He must do it with his father’s arch enemy’s daughter, Marisa, who wants to save the world’s

Just a month after his father is found drowned, Varik finds that the vaults holding valuable seeds for his farm are being stolen. He is forced to face the facts that due to global warming the world are a mess and it is up to him and the rebel robber he caught red-handed to head off to save the world from starvation. Varik must also face truths about the people around him as he and the beautiful daughter of
Katja Weinert
I received Fireseed One from author Catherine Stine, for an honest review. It took me a while to get into the book, because I lean towards character rather than plot driven stories. It was at about page 120 when I finally decided that I liked Varik and Marisa and then I was turning the pages eagerly. Up until that point I kept reading because the of the plot and the world, but lacked an emotional connection to the story.

Catherine Stine's given the novel a lovely, personal touch with her own illu
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Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from futuristic fantasy to paranormal to contemporary. Her futuristic thriller companion novels Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are both indie award winners. Her paranormal-horror YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. Her YA contemporary Heart in a Box is forthcoming from Inkspell in Dec 2015.

She also writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clar
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