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3.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,031 ratings  ·  152 reviews
It's the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. Decades of war and resource depletion have toppled governments. The ecosystem has collapsed. A new dust bowl sweeps the American West. The United States has become a nation of migrants -starving masses of nomads who seek out a living in desert wastelands and encampments outside government seed-distribution ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 341 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Night Shade Books (first published November 1st 2011)
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11811 (Eleven)
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was an impulse grab at my library. I don't read much dystopian fiction but this had an interesting premise. The author has writing chops but I wasn't getting jiggy with it. The story was slow and ultimately boring. I should have DNF'D.

The story also seemed to stop rather than end. I hate that.
Jay Sprenkle
May 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A post apocalypse story set in the midwestern United States. It has evil politicians, evil military, and a single remaining evil corporation.

This the most depressing book I've read in quite some time. The problem with this book is that the author wants to tell a story but does not want to entertain the reader.

The book has too many characters and none of them are sympathetic. They do terrible things to everyone around them. The concepts the book introduces are never explained so you quickly becom
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it

My self imposed hiatus on Night Shade Books failed miserably this past weekend when I couldn't resist their latest novel, Seed by Rob Ziegler.  I was going to try to take a few weeks away from Night Shade to get at some of my rapidly overwhelming back catalog.  While I did finish Diving Into the Wreck and started Midnight Riot and Shadow Prowler, they all fell to the side once I dug into Seed.  Zeigler's novel is as haunting as it is believable.

Much like
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Whenever I think of the term "cyberpunk," easily my favorite literary genre back in the '80s when I was a teenager, I think of a very specific combination of qualities -- four or five different storylines that all merge into one at the climax, set in a day-after-tomorrow dystopia, one where the dizzying sc
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If there's something that we definitely need more of as a sub-genre in adult sci-fi these days, it's biopunk. "Seed" delivers it, and delivers it hard with a delicious side of dystopian almost-post-America. "Seed" is intensely creepy while being both surrealistic and incredibly realistic at the same time. If you're looking for something new in sci-fi to wet your whistle, this is it.

The realism of a broken America complete with the breakdown of the central government, FEMA somewhat in charge (and
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
it's always a pity when a book has some really innovative ideas, then fails to be well-executed for other reasons.

in this book, we get the discarded of postapocalyptic america, many of whom have are punk teenagers with hispanic roots; a badass black, female special ops warrior; some way fun genetic engineering; and a sentient lifeform that may be a plant, may be an animal, that is able to produce the last viable seed for food crops in climate-change-devastated north america (alas, we don't reall
Katy Stauber
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is way too good to be a debut. The details of the SEED world are fully formed and the characters practically crawl off the page so they can rummage through your fridge and Bogart the remote for the TV. I read plenty of books in the post-apocalyptic genre and this one was a stand out. It's not a nice pretty happy story but the ending rings true. These days I almost never finish a book in less than a week and I burned through this one in two days because I could not put it down.
Paul Genesse
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review of Seed by Rob Ziegler (No Spoilers)

Seed is a brilliantly crafted post-ecological apocalypse novel set in the 22nd century where the starving remnants of humanity are dependent on the Satori corporation, which produces the seeds that can withstand the harsh climate that has turned most of North America into a barren wasteland during the summer, and a freezing tundra during the winter. Most of the population has become seasonal migrants, moving from north to south and planting and harvesti
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
I had high hopes for this story. It has a great cover, and has a very interesting synopsis. It is a little long for a summary, but there is a lot going on in this story. Too much maybe. An one point I thought about stopping because there was just so much to keep track of.

This is definitely not a happy story. It only took a few pages for the bleak, stark, gritty feel of it to come alive. The people in it are starving and desperate, and the landscape is desolate. Everything really comes alive, and
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm biased, because I read the first fifty pages of an earlier draft and loved the hell out of them. But you know what? You want my biased opinion, because it is as awesome as this book.

This is every bit the ass-kicking adventure as it is an ode to the a lost world. It's the beginning of the 22nd Century, and things suck, all thanks to us in the 21st Century. The government has collapsed, as has business (so, looks like Grover Norquist has had his way, then been eaten by the bathtub), so the sur
Daniel Devine
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Okay, but felt like it could have been better with a bit more development. Sort of a Mad-Max post-global warming dustbowl US with hardened men and women fighting to remain human but stay alive, kept alive only be a genetically engineered living city that is the only place really capable of growing food. Sort of depressing, but that fits the subject matter. There were 3 major storylines/viewpoints but to me 2 didn't quite click- the bad guys were weird but never as effective as they should have b ...more
Traci Loudin
Really love the worldbuilding in this novel. I tried so hard to like it, but I've put it down and struggled to pick it back up too many times. I guess because there are too many sets of characters, which I know is hypocritical of me, because my own novel has a ton of viewpoint characters. I guess I haven't really been able to pinpoint what exactly left me disinterested in this novel. Love the apocalyptic world, though!
Ted Cross
An imaginative dystopian future story. I liked parts of it and other parts didn't work so well for me. What bothered me most was the bad editing--there were so many cases of words used with the wrong version of the spelling, and it's hard to believe editors would be so bad that they couldn't catch them.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had a really hard time getting into this one at first, I have to admit. I felt that the book started without much of an explanation of what was going on, and I was confused and admittedly, a little bit bored. I couldn’t understand why these people traded Seed like money and lived a nomadic lifestyle instead of stopping and planting it somewhere and setting themselves up. It gets explained a little further on in the book, but at first I felt confused and frustrated by it.

Once I got past that an
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Author: Rob Ziegler
Genre: Post disaster

Exposition: Satori is a futuristic city that is alive. Pihadassa is a genetically modified woman who helps create the Seed, which feeds all those who live outside the city. She also placed a virus inside a percentage of the Seed to limit the population. She decides to leave Satori, and her twin lover, Sumedha is left to cure the virus she had created. Sienna Doss is an army ranger who is running a mission with Emerson, her partner. They get into an accident
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was sold to be as absolutely amazing and "all that."

It wasn't.

It was quite good, and I need to resist being disappointed because it wasn't actually superbly great.

This is a post-soft apocalypse book, much like Soft Apocalypse, in some ways, but ultimately more upbeat.

It follows three or four (depending on how you look at it) different groups of characters. The first, and in my opinion least enjoyable/relateable, are a group of scavengers living in the great American desert that sprung
Lianne Burwell
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, sf, apocalypse
3 1/2 stars, but GoodReads doesn't allow half stars.

Seed is a book that was both frustrating and intriguing.

Set in a future where oil has run out after wars were fought over the last supplies (it sounds like much of the middle east is now a nuclear wasteland after the US fought China there). What vehicles there are are now all nuclear powered. Zeppelins are favoured for air travel.

Meanwhile, climate change has led to higher temperatures and many droughts. Most of the US population is now migrant
Melissa Bennett
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I really looked forward to reading this book. I was very excited when I cracked it open. Alas, it was soon knocked off the pedestal that I put it on. There are some great things about this book and some not so great.
The pros: - Cool story with a even cooler backdrop. Ziegler does an awesome job describing the terrain
- Neat concept and different take on the post-apocalyptic genre
- Had some really great characters. Brood, Pollo and Jake were my favorites.

The cons: - No explanation on how Satori
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bit tropey but really compelling. I tore through this in a couple of days after having it in my to-read pile forever. Plot summary: a couple of centuries in the future, climate change has ruined the world and most people in the US are migrants, eking out a living in the surviving parts of the country. There are only two powers left - the US government and Satori, a biogenetics company/city/entity that dispenses adapted seeds to migrants, while pursuing its own agenda.

I really like ideas in sci
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
...Night Shade Books reeled in another talented author with Rob Ziegler. Seed is a convincing début that will no doubt please fans of the post-apocalyptic sub genre. What impressed me most was the way the author combines the Buddhist sense of calm and being part of a greater whole, with the pent up aggression and inevitable, lethal conclusion that follows from their mastery of genetics. Satori is disturbing on many more levels than the environmental issue of producing sterile seed. Seed incorpor ...more
Anna Chen
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
If you love biopunk (such as Akira) and don't mind highly illustrative and sometimes sexual violence, give this book a read. I found that the hard science fiction parts contributed to the growing body of science fiction. I easily classify this book as good science fiction, but to become great science fiction, I think the book needs challenge more facets of our current society, as well as question the nature of humanity in a more profound manner. I believe the latter is what other reviewers mean ...more
John Rumsby
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
A real mixed bag on my end, which I struggled to finish, honestly. Though to make it as short as possible, this is a case of an astoundingly interesting and original premise made bland through some uneven pacing, occasionnaly amateurish writing and too many cliches.

The plot is standard enough; desert-like american post-apocalyptic landscape with sand-blasted gangsters and tough government army forces go at it for ressources...But there's something of a huge twist...Or at the very least, a larger
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. It’s been a long time since I read sci-fi with a really unique plot and style. This time the chaotic plot style suited the story really well and was carried out in an exemplary fashion by the author. The Monsanto themed agricultural monopoly, run by brutal single minded CEOs paired with massive climate change led to a plausible storyline. I didn’t give it five stars, because I save that for books that are likely to be re-read by me,
Amy Farley
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
One of my guilty pleasures is reading post apocalyptic novels even thought they tend to be formulaic. This novel is different but for me, I am seeing this is not a good thing. Interesting premise, but too challenging to read. Gritty and choppy. Little character development led to my disinterest.

I slogged to the end, but big fat not for me .
May 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I feel like this story lost its way so many times. There was so little explained, including a lot of the names and vocab used (like "landrace" and "advocate", for example) that I found it nearly impossible to follow along. To be honest, I only finished it so that I could fulfill my 2020 reading challenge.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Couldn't get into it. This could be based on my reading tastes more than anything else. The writing was professional, and I could tell the author put a lot of work into the story. I just didn't find any differentiation from similar books, which led to a lack of interest.
Charles Cohen
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
At first, this was an interesting companion to the Maddadam trilogy, a different spin on how corporations will follow science down the rabbit hole into apocalypse.

And then it became an action movie. And that was...fine, but kind of a let-down. Stick to Atwood.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was frustrating, because the author is a talented writer, yet allowed an uneducated character to rule the book. There was great potential, yet ultimately frustrating.
Tamiya Bates
Aug 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I could not get into this book at all. It seemed to be speaking from it's language without much help figuring out what they are speaking about. Not good at all.
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
I don't know quite how to put this best so I'll just come right out and say it, full disclosure, I could not stand this book. I prayed that it would be over practically from the beginning. Okay, maybe not the beginning but definitely page fifty for sure. I have had good success with Night Shade publications in the past and the cover and synopsis of this drew me in and made me want to see what it was all about. Being a huge fan of sci-fi and dystopian fiction I thought this would be a slam dunk. ...more
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Rob lives with his wife in western Colorado. He writes speculative fiction. Seed is his debut novel.

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