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Fireseed One

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  50 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
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nicole Hewitt
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Michael Offutt
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Stephen Graff
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Beverly McClure
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Betty Cross
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
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
Paige Bradish
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Alison DeLuca
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aliya DalRae
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fantasy
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
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
S.A. Larsen
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Shelves: contest-giveaway
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.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Yvonne Wood
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a book for me but sure younger adults would enjoy
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-wins
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.
Mrs L
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A story along the lines of Maze Runner, Divergent and Hunger Games. Set in a Dystopian future where the divide between rich and poor is decided upon where you live and the natural resources available. Varik is a sea farmer, he took over the farm after his father's sudden death. When he finds some of his seed stock missing, and a thief still in the vault, he embarks on a journey with the thief to find out the truth behind his father's death, where the seeds have been taken and by whom and why.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely confused for way too long in this book. If Stine had explained this world in which her story takes place a little bit, maybe things wouldn't have been so bad.
I wasn't overly impressed with aNY of the characters or the plot. Once I kind of grasped what was going on, things became very predictable.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled to get into this story and for me, it took a long time to read because it just didn't capture my interest. The premise of the story is strong but I just couldn't relate to the main characters.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast read

Good characters, action. Ending was a little strange but liked it overall. Will try 2nd book also blah blah blah.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Totally intriguing and gripping. Feels realistic. A world devastated by global warming. What’s to be done. Can’t wait for the next one.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
'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
Katherine Paschal
Can I just mention that the updated cover is so pretty and much better than the older cover with the people on it. And not to sound like a cover snob, but I probably would not have picked this book to read if I had seen the original cover. Also, the book blurb I read was concise and interesting, but when I looked the book on Goodreads I was blown away by the book description. It was long winded and did not really sound like the book that I had just read about, but yes, it was the same book. It i ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I received a free copy of this book from the site netgalley in exchange for my unbiased review .

ABOUT: The year is 2089 and the world has turned into two different places ,a cold climate on a sea of ocean dominion and a place called the hotzone where temperatures reach over 160 degrees .Those who live in the ocean dominion have made their living off the sea featuring kelp and agar which is the most sustainable source of food shelter clothing and transportation th
Donna Galanti
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Helen Mallon
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Carrie Slager
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
[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
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Catherine Stine is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy, sci-fi thrillers, paranormal romance and YA fiction. Her novels have earned Indie Notable awards and New York Public Library Best Books for Teens. She loves spending time with her beagle, writing about witches, gardening on her deck, and meeting readers at book fests. Catherine suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her ...more
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