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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  62 reviews
When an agribusiness facility producing genetically engineered food releases a deadly toxin into the environment, seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres races to deliver the cure before time runs out.

From the author of the acclaimed American Booksellers Association’s Indies Introduce pick Salvage, which was called “Brilliant, feminist science fiction” by Stephanie Perkins, the
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Greenwillow Books
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(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Someone had to do it first.”

This was a YA dystopian story, about a genetically engineered blight.

Tempest was a strong character, although she didn’t catch on real quick that the people she was fighting for weren’t fighting fair, and continued to believe in AgraStar even when they were trying to kill her.

The storyline in this was about a group of rebels setting off a bomb near one of the AgraStar’s
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be specific, I give Blight 4.5 stars. Listed as a "near future eco-thriller", this book does meet the thriller criteria for me and was a very quick read.

In the beginning I was unsure about a story line relying on genetically altered crops. However I was quickly drawn in by the charismatic characters and was not at all distracted by the topic of agriculture. The relationships were genuine and age appropriate for 16 year olds who had mostly been raised without parental figures. These
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This started off promising, but then I felt like things got a little weird. I feel as though Tempest was some kind of knockoff (not the right word, but I'm going with it) of many dystopian girl characters. You know the type--feels all alone in the world, and for much of the books Tempest believed she was, and knows how to handle weaponry. I wanted to like the idea of a food/ag company taking over things (think Monsanto in real life), but then nothing was truly explained. I'm assuming this takes ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC (lucky me!) and I'm halfway through the book. I'll post a longer review after I finish, but know this: it's good. Really, really good.
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

'Blight' is an action-packed young adult novel that focuses on the topic of genetically engineered crops and the possible impact they can have on our society. I'm not a huge reader of environmental fiction, so this was definitely a departure for me. I think the author did a great job of both explaining the core concepts surrounding the environmental topics as well as the various problems - natural and man-made - that can be caused by them. I found it to be informative and
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I am mostly really pleased that this is a standalone. But I enjoyed the story. It has familiar elements, but puts them together in an interesting way. I think Tempest is a great protagonist; it's really easy to hope she can figure things out.

Thanks to the publisher for a digital advance reader's copy, provided via Edelweiss.
Jennifer Williams
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of any work of fiction that deals with genetic modification and engineering, and with the added bonus of a engineered virus that affects all life, this book was a must-read from the moment I laid eyes on it. In the novel Blight, a near-future united states is run by major agricultural companies who decide who get their products and who don't. THe main character, a 17-year-old girl named Tempest Torres, works for the security forces of the largest company, Agrastar, generally ...more
Mekiah Johnson
Jan 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO FAR AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The synopsis, I almost didn't read it, but I am glad I did. August though, SERIOUSLY!!!
Also, the cover is pretty strange.... That's not a bad thing, it's just different.... I can see how it matches her other book covers though.
Blight was an excellent novel to follow up on Alexandra Duncan's debut series, showing that she is certainly a new voice in science fiction to keep an eye on.

While the story itself was somewhat generic, Duncan's execution of the premise was very good. The pacing is excellently done, making it difficult to put it down, and it's smooth enough that you can read it in one sitting without getting bored. Character development is another thing that is well done, just as I remember from Salvage. Tempest
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Getting us back to the essentials of life. Depending on the God-made, not the manmade.”

Some of my favorite books are post-apocalyptic and or dystopian. This book definitely fits onto my preferred reading list.

Tempest Torres works as security personnel at an outlying AgraStar facility. It is a fenced huge facility that grows genetically modified corn and houses an ethanol plant and an R&D building.

Tempest wasn't always part of this facility. She was found at 5 years old outside the fence
Chelsea Winters
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blight by Alexandra Duncan is a refreshing take on the popular dystopian genre. The novel is an eco-driven thriller about a not too distant future in which agricultural conglomerates rule the world. One of the most well known is AgraStar; a company which holds much esteem, but even more chilling secrets.

Our protagonist is a teenaged girl named Tempest, who serves as a guard for AgraStar. She is driven, motivated, and quite layered. Her internal struggle throughout the story helps her to grow as
*I received advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins*

This book is set in the future and wow it was a different type of dystopia than I was used to. This book is about Tempest Torres and how she has been living on AgraStar Farm since she was 5. Tempest's world isn't as perfect as it would seem because there is a blight out right now that is killing all of her crops. Tempest is apart of a security force that is guarding the fence that watches for
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three for three for Alexandra Duncan! Blight is completely different from her first two books, but just as compellingly readable.

Tempest Torres is about as different a heroine from Ava (of Salvage) as can be, but they share the same sort of arc. Both begin in an enclosed, strict society where following the rules and obeying authority is mandatory, and it's difficult to even imagine rebellion because it's never even occurred to them that they could. Then they get thrust out into the larger world,
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is another dystopian but not quite up to what I was hoping. I couldn't quite believe the relationship between Tempest and Alder. It was also quite horrifying to think about genetically modified food ... and people. I hope that is not our future.
Grace P
BLIGHT, which is described as a “near-future eco thriller” follows Tempest Torres, a headstrong security officer for an agricultural conglomerate organization known as AgraStar. In a time when a few large corporations control the growth of food, Tempest must fight for her morals, position, and life.

Tempest Torres lived up to her name, fighting enemies, protecting her friends, and doing what she thought was right. In a lot of ways, she was misguided by her upbringing, but she still was able to
So bummed. I was really excited for this book but it was just too predictable. And there was no world building. Sigh.
Paula HGZ
I thought it was a stand-alone. It wasn’t, or maybe it was and I am disappointed in how it ended, I don’t think I want to find out which one it is...
Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm north of Atlanta, Georgia, since she was found outside its gates at the age of five. Now she's part of the security force guarding the fence and watching for scavengers—people who would rather steal genetically engineered food from the Company than work for it. When a group of such rebels accidentally sets off an explosion in the research compound, it releases into the air a blight that kills every living thing in its path— ...more
Barb Lie
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blight by Alexandra Duncan is the first book in her new YA dystopian series. We have not heard if this book will be a series, but having completed the book, and read the ending, I do suspect there will be more to come.

Tempest Torres, our young heroine, lives on AgraStar, a research and development area that creates genetically engineered food. Tempest, who was left at the gate when she was 5, is now 17 and a member of the security forces for Agrastar. When scavengers try to break into the
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BLIGHT by Alexandra Duncan is the next young adult dystopian novel that will set your world on fire. Torrest Tempest has grown up virtually a slave to AgraStar, one of the conglomerate agriculture companies running the country. AgraStar is known for crushing any competitors, even those outside of AgraStar’s walls who are merely growing food for themselves. The message is clear: Join AgraStar or suffer. Tempest has bought into AgraStar’s message, praising them for saving her at a young age and ...more
Brady Lambert
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The ash lands on the bright spear-like leaves of the corn, and immediately, the leaves shrivel and wither. The early corn blackens in its husks and drops to the wet ground. Miles of corn a whole seasons worth of work, falls to rot in the matter of seconds". This quote from the book highlights my favorite part of this which is the setting. Duncan's Blight fascinated me with the world it built and the characters over the course of the book.

To start it off I thought the plot was fairly good. Which
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was futuristic, sci-fi, dystopian, an almost love story, a thriller and not enough "love" story all wrapped up in a compact bundle!

To the very end I was worriedly looking at how many pages were left along myself if it could possibly end right or is this a trilogy.

To be perfectly honest. I looked the book. However, the ending was cheated! Some seriesi think this could have ended at the first book. This may not have had enough juice to be trilogy, but it DEFINITELY could have been two books!

Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by how absorbed I became while reading Blight.

We are introduced to a dystopian world controlled by big corporations. Yes, it is a somewhat familiar trope, but like I said, it was good. Tempest is our main character. She lives on a giant corn farm in Georgia. It is run by AgraStar. She was taken in and raised by the corporation after she was orphaned. She now works as a security officer for them. Basically, she's an indentured servant. But she's happy.

Until...things go
Saruuh Kelsey
I thought I would love this more. As it was, I did like it, and there were parts that really drew me in, but overall I just didn't have that holycrapthisisawesome moment I did in Salvage. Which makes me kinda sad. But there's still some awesome bits:

- AgraCorp is SO COOL. In a totalitarian, never wanting to get involved with them kinda way. They are such a compelling, dynamic threat, and I wanted to delve deeper into their gritty agriculture, army world. Which was why I was a bit frustrated to
Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
I thought it would be easy to take sides in this story, but I was wrong. Feeling loyal to nature, yet understanding the need for guidelines in food production, I struggled with right and wrong as I read Blight. One thing is certain — main character Tempest is a striking heroine, perfect for fans of Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior. Readers will feel connected to Tempest through her unspoken thoughts (inner squealing about sitting with the cute boy) and compassion.

This is the first Alexandra
Another dystopian story that plumbs the levels of government corruption, but this one has an environmental twist to it. Agribusinesses control all food, and rebels are willing to die to gain access to it. If you're caught with unsanctioned seeds, be prepared to die.

Tempest, 17, is part of the security force for AgraStar. Raised since the age of five to believe that AgraStar is right and all others wrong, she begins to question this when she travels with some rebels (after a bloody shootout of
Gabrielle Wong
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give it a 3.5 stars. I'm not a big fan of Tempest, our main character, or how much she was affected by Ellison even though he wasn't there for the majority of the book. I'm not a fan of Ellison, I just wish he'd gotten a little more character development esp. since he has a large effect on Tempest's future. I also wish we'd seen a little more of Eden and Deacon Ward. I wish Alder had talked about Eden a bit more so we could undedstand the depth of the relationship. I'm hoping a bit for a ...more
Wendy Wolpert-DeWitt
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
As a farmer, I think it was interesting to read about a dystopian future controlled by large agri-business. You can tell that the author hasn't got a clear picture of what growing crops actually entails. The story centers on a basic trope: Orphan who turns out to be more than expected. Unusual circumstances lead to outstanding possibilities.

If you're looking for a young adult novel that will explore the ethical dilemmas of free will, diversity, noble savages, or social controls, this is a good
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was over dystopian novels, but it turns out they can still be done in an original way. I adore this book. Set in a future where corporations that genetically modify crops have taken over, Tempest has to decide if the company she works for, who in turn protects her, is actually as good as they seem. After a cataclysmic event, she is sent wandering into the wilderness with only one stranger as a companion, unsure of what she should do when she gets where she's heading. The characters ...more
Cozy Ink
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall-2017
Blight's concept and summary were very good. However, there were no details about the blight itself. We just know that it was human engineered to kill plants and people and is spreading. The summary says she's the last one to survive. This isn't true. Plenty of other people survive. The ending is super rushed, with her just leaving her sister and clone to die at the hands of agra star. (or at the hands of her possibly abusive mother.) So the character's plan is just to try to outrun the blight ...more
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Alexandra Duncan is a writer and librarian. Her young adult science fiction novels Salvage, and Sound, are available now from Greenwillow Books. Her newest book, a near-future eco-thriller called Blight is coming Aug. 1, 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in several Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She loves anything that ...more
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