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Scavenger Girl: Season of Atchem

(Scavenger Girl #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Stripped of their birthright and shunned by the people of Ashlund, Una and her family are forced to live on the fringe of society as Scavengers. There is no question that her family's bond is strong, but the law of the Authority is stronger...and soon it will come to collect her. After all, the family is on borrowed time already.

When a night of torment and truth reveals w
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published October 20th 2017 by Sleepy Adam Publishing
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Nov 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warning; This book contains rape scenes and almost rape scenes

Not a bad book! Not a bad book at all. It's a book with some great worldbuilding, everything is explained in a way that it's understandable. The best part was the writing. It was easy to read, fluently and it keeps you reading. For me, the connection wasn't there with the characters and that's what made this book a 3-rating for me.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Season of Atchem is the first book in Jennifer Arntson’s Scavenger Girl series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. This first one has pulled me completely into the world, leaving me super excited to find out what comes next in this wonderful story.

Whilst the book is labelled as young adult fantasy, I believe such a thing does the book a real injustice. It is so much more than your standard young adult fantasy novel, offering more depth than you tend to see. This is not an atta
Allen Lamb
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scavenger Girl: Season of Atchem is the first book in a five-part series about a girl named Una who lives in the less fortunate half of a dystopian world divided harshly between the haves (Citizens) and the have-nots (Scavengers). The story paints a picture of Una's early life with her Scavenger family as they suffer the injustices inflicted on them by the Authority which serve to keep the Scavengers in their place. But when a Citizen takes interest in her as a potential wife, she is pulled into ...more
Stephanie Gonzales
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant. This is The first of 5 in the upcoming series. It started out slow for me, but I quickly realized a complete universe had been created by the author. There’s so much delight to be had when a book takes you away from Earth. Rituals, seers, betrothals, elixirs, feast for gods, rules and laws for different social standings, the details of how the system works was well written.
The emotions from the characters felt genuine, even sometimes awkward. There are a lot of questions I still have
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Scavenger Girl: Season of Atchem by Jennifer Arnston

**I received this book in exchange for an honest review**

“Your eyes are the truest thing I’ve ever seen, and for some reason they make my mouth stop working.”

Oh. My. God. This. Book. Jennifer sent me this book before it was released and with all the wedding preparations I just hadn’t got around to it until now and I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Although, it does make it hopefully less time that I will have to wait for the next b
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first page, I was transported into the world of Una and her family. They are society’s outcasts: “Reclaimers” or “Scavengers” to use nice terms and “Scabs” for those more cruel. Great disparities exist between their lives and that of the privileged Citizens. To be deserving of such a cruel fate as to have one’s birthright stripped away and forced to live on cast aside scraps, you’d think they must have done something awful. But to understand and appreciate this book properly, you’re goi ...more
Mari LivTollefsonCarlson
“What would he have done if his choices were unlimited?” (832). Una wonders this about her resourceful and beloved brother Calish, but it’s also a question for herself. At a turning point in her life, does she choose to marry to a man who’ll give her and her family security above what they ever dreamed attainable? Or does she opt for love? Can she have both? Does having unlimited choices help or hinder us make the best ones?
Follow Una as she traverses her passage into Womanhood and as she disc
Sarah Greenwood
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set on another planet. Now this world is similar to our own but different in others. More moons for one so I’m counting it as another planet. An interesting one to delve into anyway so enjoy.

Delve into a fantasy world with a family full of secrets and mystery. When these secrets come out they could turn their world up side down in a moment. Dreams could be clues and if you get a weird feeling about someone you should really liste
S.D. Reeves
**Rating more akin to 3.5 stars**

I am very particular in my fantasy novels, and usually gravitate towards works ala writers such as Neil Gaiman, or Margaret Atwood. Literary fantasy. It is rare that anything otherwise will grab my attention. But Scavenger girl, by Jennifer Arntson, is not a book to toss away.

The novel starts slow, but this is not a knock. Contrarily, I found this helped me establish a connection with Una’s family. Scenes of their lives as Reclaimers - pariahs who have no rights
Scherry  at The Novel Lady
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nooooo! I was soooo getting into this book! And then it ended without a conclusion! Yes, a lot of questions were answered... but not the big one! And we have no idea how the situation is going to play out! And now.... I have to wait for the next book to come out!

Jennifer Arntson had me hooked from the first chapter with a world of totally different societies, each with their own beliefs, customs and lifestyles. The characters were well developed and very likeable, each tugging at your heart.

Scavenger Girl is the first book in the new young adult series by the same name. It’s told from the perspective of Una, a seventeen year old girl and member of the lowest caste in a leveled socio-economic system. This dystopian novel is set on a planet with three moons that with their movements create five distinct seasons: Atchem, Talium, Hytalia, Toridia, and Zoetica. The seasons correspond to the five books intended for the series.

The single perspective creates a very intimate feeling with th
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Scavenger Girl grabbed my interest from the beginning and it never slowed down. The world that Jennifer Arnston has built is cruel and violent. Those who have a birthright are naive in many ways but accepting of so many vicious traditions, it’s heartbreaking to read at times.

Una is the main character. She lives with her parents and two brothers and she dreads th
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una is a Scavenger, the lowest class of Ashlund. Scavengers are not allowed to work, they "reclaim" (take cast-off items from the higher classes). They are hunted by the Authority and basically have to keep their heads down and try to be invisible. They do not have any rights or privileges and cannot be friends with Citizens. Being a Scavenger is difficult but the love of Una's close-knit family makes it bearable.
Una hasn't reached Womanhood yet, but when she does, she will be sold, either to b
David Tucker
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer has done a fantastic job in this tale of intrigue, it has original and witty proportions and was an absolute pleasure to read.
The constructs of this world where Scavengers are truly the bottom feeders of society was constructed in such a way, you felt terrible for their lot in life. Yet as humans often do, they made the best of it, as best as they could.
This story had terrifying realities and reflections of human nature, yet celebrated, at times, the love that caries us through the hard
Amy Shannon
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting story

This book has a premise that is both interesting and intriguing. Una is about to be a woman, and that means she can become a slave, surrogate or wife. Not much of a choice, but then something happens. She meets Blue. This story gives a lot of details and you have to be open minded in the intimate scenes, but it's a refreshing story. Some things are disturbing but not about the story but about how the characters are treated, and that makes for good story telling. This book invoke
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written and tense coming of age story with some great worldbuilding. It's a good long read too and doesn't hurry itself - it has time to really explore its rather grim world, so that you're left in no doubt about the terrible choice ahead of the heroine. My main problem with it is that--because it's an exploration of a girl's exprience of becoming a young woman in a hostile and sexist society, it is full of sexual dread and sexual assault both in threat and in actual practice. So if that ...more
Jennifer Tooker
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure – I was provided a copy of this book by the author however have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.

Meet Una of Ashlund

Una is a Scavenger. Among the lowest caste in her society, sometimes referred to as “scabs” or Reclaimers, Una and all others like her must survive without the luxury of the comforts of being a Citizen or the protection of the Authority. As a Scavenger, Una and her people are not permitted to have money or jobs outside of what they can d
George Verongos
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Season of Atchem was refreshing to read on two levels for me. 1) I love the familiar tropes of classic fantasy and dystopian novels. 2) The twist on those classic elements that made them relatable and easy to see in our world today was brilliant. The ease of which of Arnston weaves palpable action, as well as tension, is impressive and is perfectly detailed so as to playout vividly without telling the reader exactly what to think or how to feel. Looking forward to the second book!
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My heart went out to this young woman.

Faced with a life determined by unjust societal restrictions. She struggles daily to understand how she must endure. Learning much is not as it has seemed her choices become even more difficult. Does love even get to factor in?
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From start to finish this was an excellent read - I'm excited to read the rest of Una's story.
Sarah Jones
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I am totally sucked into the characters & their lives!! I feel Una’s pain & struggles. I want more!! I can’t wait for the next book!
Jirinka (sony08)
I love a bit of fantasy and this book fits right into that genre. The synopsis I was sent didn’t give too much away which is how I kind of prefer to receive books. I can then really make up my own mind.

Right from page one you are thrown into the harsh world of Ashlund, where Citizens live by strict rules under the power of the priests and the threat of being excluded from the high society. On the other side of the coin you have the Scavengers (or Reclaimers). They live on what they can grow and
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two thumbs up!

The second installment of this series was such a fun read, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I can't wait for the next book!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars ***

If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog:

But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought:

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I thought the writing was good despite being detail heavy. The plot was slow but interesting. The world building was done well. The characters each had their own unique quirks and a majority were well rounded. However, despite enjoying this book, I don't think t
Jill Elizabeth
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una’s tale is a rough one, but very well crafted and I did enjoy it (even the dark bits). It was a heavy read, and it took me longer than usual to finish. That is, in part, due to the severity of the world of Scavengers and Citizens. But it’s also a credit to the author, and the depth and breadth of the world she has so artfully created and the plots she has delicately intertwined within it. There were loads of things I never saw coming, which is not something that happens often. Perhaps it shou ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to The Hunger Games meets Star Wars! Wow, this was a great book! It was like nothing I’ve ever read before, and I read a lot. Una lives in a sort of dystopian,(horrible in my opinion) society. Her family was stripped of their title, making them scavengers. If the Authority thinks Scavengers are in the wrong, they can harm them and kill them with no consequences. It’s terrifying, really.

Una is awaiting the arrival of her period, for the year she gets it, she’ll be auctioned off on the Sel
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