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The Harvest

(The Heartland Trilogy #3)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  657 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Blood will water the corn...

It’s been a year since the Saranyu flotilla fell from the sky, and life in the Heartland has changed. Gone are the Obligations and the Harvest Home festivals. In their place is a spate of dead towns, the former inhabitants forced into mechanical bodies to serve the Empyrean—and crush the Heartland.

When Cael awakens from a Blightborn sleep, miles
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Skyscape
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Dan Schwent
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
When Cael awakens, he finds that a year has passed and the world has plunged deeper into chaos. Can he reconnect with his friends and end the reign of the Empyreans once and for all?

I got this from Netgalley.

Chuck Wendig brings his Heartland trilogy to a close. There's not a lot I can say without giving away plot points, although if you're reading reviews for the third book in a trilogy, you deserve what you get. I will say that Wendig's not afraid to kill off characters but does so with purpose
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Bradley
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi, ya
A surprisingly good conclusion to the trilogy. After the second book's cliffhanger (literal, in this case,) I was kinda surprised to come back a year in and full of massive character changes. Maybe not personality changes, but when you come back full of blight and light and you're kinda like the Green Man or Swamp Thing and the rest of the world has gone to s**t in war, what can you really expect?

Changes. Indeed. And all told, I enjoyed this conclusion quite a bit. It still has that YA feel but
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 Simply Sam ツ
Each book in the trilogy on sale thru 8/31/17 for $0.99! If you haven't tried it yet, you should. The more I think about this series, the more I love it!

Well folks, I did it. I actually finished a series. I know, I know, it's only a trilogy but baby steps people, baby steps.

I think the this series suffered a little because there was SO much back and forth, this group fighting this group, Empyreans vs Heartlanders vs The Blighted vs The Sleeping Dogs vs The Empyrean Rebels vs The Harpies. Whew! I
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Steven
The Harvest by Chuck Wendig
Published 2015, Skyscape
Stars: ★★★★☆
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy for an unbiased review.

What a trilogy! Lots of twists and turns, and quite a few things going the exact opposite of the way I was anticipating -- which I love! While it's fun to figure things out early sometimes, it can also be annoying to constantly be guessing and getting everything right. Where's the fun in never being shocked? Well, this seri
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Michael Hicks
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
[This review is based on an advanced copy received by the publisher through NetGalley.]

Chuck Wendig returns to the Heartland one last time to wrap up his cornpunk opus in grand fashion.

The previous novel, Blightborn, left our MC, Cael McAvoy in seriously dire straights, but Wendig wastes no time in resolving it and jumping right into the action one year later. Tasked with a mission by the Maize Witch to recover a decades-old weapon that could destroy the Empyrean empire for good, Cael and his Ob
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Wynne McLaughlin
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Really enjoyed this trilogy. Great twists and a satisfying resolution, but hints that the series could continue, which I'd love to see. Definitely need to add Chuck Wendig to my list of favorite authors. My binge continues with the stand-alone novel "Invasive"! ...more
Connor
[3.5 Stars] I'm having a hard time deciding what to rate this book. I really loved the first two, but this one was not as capturing. I think it has a lot of strengths, but I recognized some faults as well. So I'm going to do this similar to how I film my video reviews: Pros, Cons, Extras.

Pros: This novel continued what I loved most about the first two installments. I found it completely unpredictable. I was starting the epilogue and still had no idea what was going to be in store for me. This a
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Reader-ramble
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm still sad I can't find hardly any YA dystopias this well done. They are few and far between.

Satisfying ending, if a bit sad. I totally recommend this series.
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Daisy
Quality Rating: Three Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Three Stars

◆ Thank you NetGalley for this eBook copy for review ◆

The Harvest wasn't nearly as enjoyable for me as the rest of the series and I don't feel was particularly effective in concluding the story. I'm all for things getting serious in the last book and stepping up to some of the harder realities or conflict, but The Heartland Trilogy is built on rapport and agendas - and there didn't seem to be any of either this time.

I've really enjoyed Wend
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Henriette
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books-owned
this was a great conclusion to the series, and the ending was quite surprising. all in all a great distopian series and would recommend. the characters goes through a lot in the span of the series and i feel like they ended up in a good place even though i did not see it coming, it feels like a good way to end.
Online Eccentric Librarian
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, arc

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More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/

Interestingly enough, I wasn't impressed with the first book in the series but stuck with it through the second, which was better. But this third book was excellent - nuanced characters with huge growth arcs since the beginning, surprises, an unpredictable ending, and a lot of action. No one is safe and characters die as the battle lines are drawn between the Heartlanders and the Empyrean in this final in the series.

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Katherine Karch
This is book 3 in the HEARTLAND trilogy, a story about dystopian society of "haves" benefiting from the "have nots" while simultaneously dehumanizing and oppressing them. Sound familiar? The themes of this trilogy are frighteningly familiar in the context of current events in America.

Basic plot: an oppressed class of people living in atrocious conditions, forced to labor and suffer, knowing that all their efforts and suffering will never yield results that benefit them but instead benefit an el
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Rose
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, netgalley
Goddammit...I waited almost a whole year for this and I wasn't blown away. It was good and it closed off all the story lines but I wanted to get lost in this world like I did with the prior two and that just didn't happen. This is one of those stories that stuck in my imagination. I would think of it every so often wondering what was going to happen. That was probably my downfall. I should have waited until all the books were written to start this series.

There isn't much sense in telling you wha
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Mark Gardner
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The epic conclusion of the Heartland Trilogy floored me like a punch from Mike Tyson in his prime. Books one and two seemed to move along steadily. In book three, Wendig must’ve pressed the button and injected nitrous oxide leaving me with a surge of speed akin to the wheelie-popping scene from Fast and Furious.

When I saw The Harvest was available via NetGalley, I immediately downloaded it and moved it to the top of the to-be-read pile. I tore through his words in less than twenty-four hours and
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Mrs. Kenyon
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-audiobooks
Cael has been in a Blightborn sleep for a year. During that time the Heartland has undergone many changes. There are no more Obligations, towns are dead or dying and the survivors are being involuntarily transformed into mechanical beings. The Empyrean has one priority … to destroy the Heartland. The Heartlanders are not willing to be rolled over so easily. Cael and his friends set out to overcome the mechanicals, war machines and a group of girls who have embraced their wild nature. Can Cael ov ...more
Samie Foster
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So here at the beginning of 2020, I have become absolutely addicted to the Heartland Trilogy by Chuck Wendig. The first book started off as a country version of Metropolis where people on the ground are forced to farm inedible corn for the rich living in a island in the sky. But soon expanded into a surprisingly layered scifi epic. I just couldn’t get enough of. And finally after everything that has happened so far, it’s time for the conclusion. Here is my review of the final book in the Heartla ...more
Jennie
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh joyful day! I finally finished this series!! True Story Happening Right Now: Monsanto just released a soybean seed that is pesticide resistant to 2 of the most effective herbicides on the planet. As of today, I learned that one of these pesticides is currently illegal, but farmers are using it anyway. This pesticide then drifts to other fields, killing all the crops around it.

Basically this entire trilogy is premised around a very similar thing. It really is a fascinating story about the inhe
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Robert Babiak
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
store picked up in third book

the second book went by fast enought, but felt like filler. this one had a good finish to the story, great characters.
Heather
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The love connections are still an all-out tangle rather than a triangle or other simple figure. Gwennie’s going to marry Boyland–oh wait, no she isn’t. Balastair and Cleo are back together–but wait, Gwennie and Balastair have kissed. Cael and Wanda get together; Cael and Gwennie get back together. Also, as usual for this series, there are some unlikely coincidences of timing. Rigo runs into Pop in one random town; Cael runs into Gwennie in the middle of a cornfield. You just know that no matter ...more
Emily Craven
The final installment of Wendig's trilogy is just as awesome an ending as you could wish for. Wanda has found her gumption, Cael is alive and kicks some arse, and the rest of the gang have managed to muddle their way into figuring out who they are and what they want, banding together at the last instant to get rid of the Empyrean once and for all. I love how Wendig shys away from the stereotypes and gives all the characters such complex relationships and interactions that are allowed to morph an ...more
Dee
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this last book of the Heartland series, but not as much as the second book in the series. I think this could be because time has passed in the storyline between book 2 and book 3 and it was hard for me to envision all that happened during that period of time. Some of it was explained, but the Empyrean girl who comes to wreck havoc on the Heartlanders - it was hard for me to envision the journey she must have taken which got her to where she was when she first shows up in the book. And sh ...more
Chris
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I gave all of the books in this trilogy 4 star reviews. There are some problematic tropes in it, kill your gays and barely any POCs to name a couple. That said most of the women in the series are strong and not just in a kickass black widow kind of way. The women in this series are complicated and varied from the emotionally intelligent to just plain clever. There is one group of women, The Harpies, that don't make a ton of sense in the narrative. Had he introduced them earlier in the series and ...more
Wendy
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio
Not sure what about this series didn't work for me. It wasn't bad, but I didn't really connect to any of the characters. Maybe because I read them via audiobook. Or maybe because I have read some absolutely brilliant fantasy in the last year or two. (Hello, Broken Earth trilogy). The writing is solid, the premise is interesting, but it was missing something for me. Enjoyable, but not really that memorable. I will say the action sequences are incredibly well done. There are some women who are com ...more
Michelle Palmer
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
The finale of this trilogy was like a roller coaster ride. A year has passed since the events of the second book.

The book closes off all of the storylines well. You know what happened with all of the characters (for better or worse.)

You never know who to trust because there are so many backstabbing characters. However, you understand the motivations and they are in character.

The pacing is fast and the action is riveting. We see more of the world that we did in either of the other two books.

T
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BRT
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The final book in the Heartland Trilogy is, by far, the best of the three books. The pacing of the action is not only less frenetic, but it's well crafted to moving the plot and emotions appropriately. After the downing of one of the Empryean sky cities, the rebels and the Maize Witch continue their campaign to end the tyranny of those above. However, the groups don't have the same goal. To keep things interesting, a group of female Empryean assassins is training to take out the rebels and take ...more
Nicole
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keeps you on the edge right up to the end

This story has been a lot like Hiram’s Golden Prolific corn - all over the place, with sharp edges that cut if you get too close, bloodthirsty, and possibly sentient. This was a heart wrenching, nail biting, but ultimately satisfying end to a really good series. Spoiler alert: don’t fall in love with any of the characters. They might not make it out alive. Now I have to go stock up on Roundup, just in case the cornpocalypse really happens.
Dks
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chuck-wendig
Final instalment in the trilogy, a fitting end to a well created series. A lively twist on a fantasy novel which ultimately delivers in the final closing chapters. Being a gamer I noticed some similarity to Bioshock Infinite in terms of the flotilla's which I liked. Overall 4 stars for the final book but a solid 4.5 stars for the trilogy I thoroughly enjoyed. ...more
Jenni
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Such a creative premise, great characters, fully developed plot and a fun read. I read the whole trilogy in about a week - couldn't put them down. A lot has changed in the year since the events of the last novel, and many of the changes are terrifying. Everything comes to a head, making for an exciting resolution to this series. ...more
Drucilla
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: w
A fitting end to the Heartland series. There's excitement, character deaths, surprising reveals, and not everything works out the way you want. Or at least the way I wanted it to. I don't think he will, but I would really like to see Wendig set more in this universe. It has a lot of potential for more stories. ...more
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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at th
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