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The Sowing

(The Torch Keeper #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  425 ratings  ·  65 reviews
This time, there are no choices.

Lucian “Lucky” Spark leads a double life. By day, he trains to become one of the Establishment elite. At night, he sabotages his oppressors from within, seeking to avenge the murder of his love, Digory Tycho, and rescue his imprisoned brother.

But when he embarks on a risky plot to assassinate members of the Establishment hierarchy, Lucky is
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 8th 2014 by Flux (first published March 1st 2014)
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Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
2020 reread:

This series holds quite a lot of nostalgia for me. I have fond memories of my times obsessing over this series, and eagerly anticipating this book. It holds up, but I truly had NO memories of this book going into it. I was frequently surprised by events, and was speeding through the pages to know what is going on.
There is quite a lot of similarities to the Hunger Games and The Maze Runner in this series, but I haven't minded it so far, as I enjoyed both of those series immensely.
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Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I LOVE THIS BOOK WAY TOO MUCH OHMY GOODNESS. serious review hopefully soon<3
***review added, check it out below *^*

hello, i love this book, and therefore i will follow the same format I reviewed on my last review on my old account. i love it so much pls read it.

Basically me after reading the predecessor to The Sowing, The Culling. If you haven't already read this book, please, please, please go read it. It makes most sense
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Last year, I enjoyed THE CULLING, a brutal dystopian about Lucian "Lucky" Spark surviving the worst job application process ever in the wake of a bitter betrayal. When THE SOWING opens, he is quietly rebelling against the government using his power as an insider. But when things go inevitably awry, he's right back where he used to be - except this time, he has to rely on others to save him. People who have no reason to want him alive.

THE SOWING cemented my love of The Torch Keeper series. I thou
★MC's Corner★
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
oooh!!! I LOVE THE COVER!!!


PS: Please tell me Digory is not dead...
Gina Fugate
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2nd time reading this and already on page 224! So awesome!!

Five Star book reviews are not something I give out often because 5 star books really need to WOW the hell out of me and have me going through all sorts of emotions as I read the book. The Culling managed to do that....I was worried about the Sequel.

Sequels have a hard task....If a series starts of mediocre but is decent, the sequel can more or less make the series better...However, if a series starts off with nea
This is the second installment of The Torch Keeper trilogy, the first being The Culling. I have read practically every YA dystopian novel that has hit the shelves in the past few years--the quality varies, but this series is up there on the top of my list. Post-apocalyptic dystopias are the trend of the moment, and a lot of them are very similar to one another. You can tell when an author is just jumping on the proverbial bandwagon hoping to make a buck. They add some generic oppressive governme ...more
Stacie Ramey
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves
I wasn’t sure how Steven was going to be able to write a sequel to The Culling and have it live up to the heart stopping action of the first one. The Sowing definitely accomplishes that goal. And more! The Sowing picks up where we left off, with the hero of the story, Lucky Spark now working as one of the Establishment’s prized officers by day while sabotaging the Establishment bases of operation at night. He is a one man army trying to free the innocent and dispense justice, until he meets a gr ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lemme learn y'all about my dude Cassius.

I spent the first book hating his guts. I mean, why the hell not? He was disrespectful, possessive, sociopathic, remorseless, and practically every other characteristic normally reserved for antagonists who have a romantic history with the protagonists. It wasn't that difficult to hate his guts, hate the way he conned Lucian, hate the way he stole the one person Lucian would do anything for. As I read through “The Culling,” I had fun imagining their strug
Ashley Nemer
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-reviewed
Holy Freaking Cow Batman! This book was so effin great!! I am not even sure where to start because yeah, I loved it that much!! So part of this review will just be my thoughts as a reader because I just feel like I need to say some things, and other parts will be directed towards the actual book. So take a deep breath and here we GO!

The Sowing picks up after the imp training comes to an end and Lucky is about to move onto the next round of life. Of course, the insurrection is trying to take over
Anunciata Trixie
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This....this is utterly beautiful. Beautiful. It's like a moving maze of some sorts, you never know what to expect. Everything feels so real. The blood, the gore, the challenges. Absolutely fascinating and true. Steven dos Santos is really good at making you believe and react according to what you're reading. Just like it had been with The Culling, I paused several times while reading The Sowing, just to process everything into my brain or to hold down the feels. I love and adore The Sowing, des ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

It's an honour to have read this book as my last for the year!

I shall not go into the synopsis since it's a sequel, and if you haven't read "The Culling", I don't know what is wrong with you.


Okay, so...


I couldn't put it down every night before bed, but I had to remind myself that I've got work the next morning and so I forced myself to go to bed, heart pumping full of adrenaline from reading the last few lines before I closed i
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For me, it’s rare to like a sequel as much or more than the original novel, but in the case of The Sowing, it’s true. The Sowing picks up with Lucian “Lucky” Spark in Imposer training, while also taking covert actions against The Establishment. Author Steven dos Santos does a fabulous job of leading the reader back into Lucky’s world, re-acquainting us with the surviving characters from The Culling, and introducing us to a whole new cast of characters (some of whom will also die in brutal and ma ...more
Danni Wiggins
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Any issues I had with The Culling were fixed in the brilliant sequel The Sowing. Whatever expectations you have for this book, for this series, whatever little predictions you have going on in your little head, you're wrong. You're just wrong. Of all the plots I played out as I was reading this book, only one tiny point was correct. This is good though, I kept having to guess and pay attention to detail as I devoured the book. This book really pushed the series forward and while I want to flail ...more
Angela Padron
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Steven dos Santos has done it again with the second installment of The Torch Keeper Series. If you thought "The Culling" was an incredible read, wait til you get your hands on "The Sowing." The story line continues with our hero Lucian “Lucky” Spark in training and working against The Establishment. Steven dos Santos has such a gift for descriptive writing that you feel you are right there in the story. He manages to introduce a new cast of characters while maintaining distinct voices and the sa ...more
Medeia Sharif
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lucky is a rebel, attempting to ruin the Establishment from within and collaborating with others who disagree with the cruel tyranny and sick games the Establishment sets up against the recruits. For too long people’s lives have been destroyed in the sickest, most gruesome ways.

The post-apocalyptic setting presents amazing world building and the many twists and turns are unexpected. Lucian discovers that people aren’t who they appear to be and that the mysteries of the past are surfacing. The su
Stacy Davids
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mind-blowing, action-packed, and cinematic!
Tension fills every scene in this beautifully written post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel. The story is dark and emotional. The plot twists and turns as the main character, Lucian Spark aka Lucky, fights against The Establishment. Lucky is chronically in danger, and he finds it impossible to know who he can trust. While fighting to free the oppressed, he holds onto the glimmer of hope that he will re-unite with those he loves. The writing is so vivid that
Lee Rey
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great sequel! It's as good, if not, better than the 1st. You learn more about the world and what occurred to make it this way.

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Corey Henio
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is so much for me to say about THE SOWING. It's like all of my favorite science fiction, dystopian, and post apocalyptic books were put all into this book. The stakes are raising higher and I am very prepared for the next book!!! ...more
Marissa Valentine
Sep 15, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-must-read
I would sell my soul to receive an early copy of this book. Well maybe someone else's soul. ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the next!! ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-mg
I'm pretty sure I had a nightmare just like this book once. And I mean that in the BEST way. ...more
Kimberly Tan
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm dead. Frankly, I liked this book more than its predecessor because I'm biased to action. Still dead. ...more
Patrick Miller
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely fantastic. Parish is the most dystopian society I've read about so far. I can't wait for the next book. ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gblt-characters
A great follow up to The Culling. answered so many questions but raised so many more. I can wait to read the third installment of this series.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so, so much better than I expected. The world building was really exciting and intruiging and the new characters were interesting. Can't wait for the next book! ...more
Billy Dominguez
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just as action packed, emotionally flared, and riveting as the first.
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Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Sowing: 4.5 Stars

This Book was amazing. Review to come.

I wanted to give this 5 Stars at first but after finishing it I started reading the Raising (3rd and final book)and HOLY SHIT. The first 30 Pages of that book killed me already and in comparison I just felt like I had to go a little lower here^^ The second book was still REALLY damn good.
Tyler Begnoche
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Again, I whizzed through this book because it was so effin fun to read. This book was so action packed that I had trouble putting down to get to sleep, haha. Lucian really comes into his own as the protagonist, and the supporting cast had a lot more depth to them making me really invested in their stories too!
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Steven dos Santos is author of THE TORCH KEEPER novels, a Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic series. Book One, THE CULLING, was released by FLUX Books in March of 2013, and named an American Library Association 2014 Rainbow List Top Ten Selection. Book Two, THE SOWING, was released on March 8, 2014. Steven is currently finalizing Book 3 of The Torch Keeper series, THE RAISING. His new novel, DAGGER, a Y ...more

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