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(The Overthrow #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  65 reviews
The first book in bestselling author Kenneth Oppels new trilogy

It was just rain.

But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up.


They. Are. Everywhere.

They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollenand feed.

Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. Whats their connection? Whats their
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by HarperCollins (first published February 4th 2020)
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fulfilling book riot's 2020 read harder challenge task #20: Read a middle grade book that doesnt take place in the U.S. or the UK

review to come!
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Bloom is a great start to a what will be a trilogy. Even though this was a middle grade book I enjoyed it. The characters are ones that you can relate and connect with. The story started off a little slow but once the plot was established it picked up the pace. It is a good suspenseful Sci-fi novel that at times seems creepy like a horror story. Oppel hit a homerun with this book. I can't wait for the next one in this series.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the
So, this must be the Miracle Three
-Colonel Pearson, Bloom

I thoroughly enjoyed Bloom The Overthrow #1 by Kenneth Oppel, its a solid sci-fi book with more than a touch of horror; its suspenseful, thrilling, and quite frankly, a bit terrifying in its potential. Strange and extremely sturdy and indestructible black plants begin growing at an unbelievably rapid rate after a heavy rain that covers the entire earth. People begin to have strong allergic reactions to the strange new pollen in the air,
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Trust me, no one is more disappointed by this rating than me.

Ive been reading Kenneth Oppels books for many years now, ever since I was very young. I loved Silverwing, I adored Airborn, and Ive enjoyed everything else of his Ive read. But this was simply not that great.

The characters were flat and super underdeveloped. I could not tell them apart whatsoever, which is not good when you have three points of view.

I also just expected a lot more from this plot. I like weird books and movies, the
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, middle-grade
I don't know why, but I have more kids looking for creepy stories this year than ever before. Tiffany Jackson, April Henry, Ronald Smith, Ellen Oh, and Kenneth Oppel's books to name a few are doing very well in my classroom. Like seeds in a garden, these stories are spreading like wild. With that in mind, when I heard that Kenneth Oppel was publishing a new series about alien plants taking over the Earth, I knew this was a series I had to check out. Oppel is a master at ratcheting up the ...more
Liv Morris
Have you ever thought to yourself boy, Id like to read more books like Annihilation? Alternatively, have you thought Id like to read Annihilation but alas, I am twelve? Then have I got the book for you. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Copy provided by the publisher

Anaya has horrible allergies to everything; plants, food, animals. They also cause her to have terrible acne, and she is just weary of going to school when she is feeling bad. Petra, who used to be her friend, is allergic to water. It's a far more debilitating allergy, but it doesn't make her look as bad as Anaya's allergies do. Seth doesn't have allergies, but he has struggled in foster care, finally ending up with the Antos family on their farm in Canada. When
Guys. I don't know what to say. Kenneth Oppel has been a favorite author of mine for years. His stories have always captured me and I was so excited when I saw that he was coming out with another YA book. This was not what I expected it to be. It was better. I can't even describe the love I felt for this book. It's, like, one of the best apocalyptic books because it's more than that. It has odd characters who suffer from things and are so real. I just.... uhhhhh I'm having all the feels.
Laurie Hnatiuk
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the Harper Collins and author Kenneth Oppel for providing an ARC copy of Bloom to our #BookPortage group.

Canadian author Kenneth Oppel is going to score some major points with readers with the first of his latest trilogy The Overthrow #1 Bloom.

Set in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, a typical rain appears to have triggered a strange and now life threatening event. Plants - thick, black vine-like plants are sprouting out everywhere and rapidly taking over land and fields. As
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Netgalley and Random House for an advanced digital copy to review. I am ecstatic to be able to highly recommend the first book of this trilogy to my students. I know they will be clamoring to get their hands on this book. For sci-if lovers- this is a fast-paced plot that will keep the pages turning. All Sci-if plots need imagination and this book will not disappoint. Visualization is a key reading skill we focus on at my grade level and this book is perfect. Our trio of ...more
Jenny Ashby
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading a review/synopsis of this latest from Oppel - a favorite author - I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Luckily I was able to score an ARC of it and started reading about ten minutes later. And then I didn't stop for much of anything until I was done. I can see this being so popular with my students but it was tons of fun for me as well. Oppel surprised me several times throughout elevating this above just a typical thriller. The changes in the main characters added something I ...more
Beth Mendelsohn
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc-s
I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

After a rainstorm on the Canadian island of Salt Spring, strange black grass begins to grow. When cut down, it just grows back. Soon the black grass flowers and releases a pollen to which everyone seems to be allergic everyone, that is, except three teenagers Anaya, Petra, and Seth who seem to have nothing in common. If that wasnt bad enough, new types toxic and deadly plants are being found. Because
Michelle Kadarusman
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling and emotionally charged read from start to finish with a fascinating sci-fi premise that, literally, creeps up and lures you in. I really enjoyed the suspense and science, but what I truly loved was experiencing the interior lives of the teens at the centre of the story. Oppel excels at inhabiting the vulnerabilities and insecurities of his middle grade characters. I was especially moved by Seth's heart-wrenching desire to belong. His voice struck a poignant combination of ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher and my friends in Book Portage for this copy to read and review. This book delivered exactly what I thought it would. A freaky beginning to an upper MG series in the vein of Kenneth Oppel's earlier novels The Nest and Airborn. I have been a big fan of many of Oppel's books and this has elements of many of them. Bloom launches right into the action with a flash forward scene that tells you how serious things might get. We head back to the beginning and strange plants are ...more
Amy Poirier
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kenneth Oppel has outdone himself with Bloom! Think Cold Storage by David Koepp (but for kids) meets superhero origin story. It's fast-paced, fun and full of surprises. At no point did it feel like I was reading a middle school novel. Recommend!!!
Jacob Wilson
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Saw a review that described this as Annihilation for middle graders, and though I think any age could enjoy this, that really sums it up well. Really eerie, well researched, and well written.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pager turner that leaves you desperate for the next installment.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this must be the Miracle Three
-Colonel Pearson, Bloom

I thoroughly enjoyed Bloom The Overthrow #1 by Kenneth Oppel, its a solid sci-fi book with more than a touch of horror; its suspenseful, thrilling, and quite frankly, a bit terrifying in its potential. Strange and extremely sturdy and indestructible black plants begin growing at an unbelievably rapid rate after a heavy rain that covers the entire earth. People begin to have strong allergic reactions to the strange new pollen in the air,
Nannette Demmler
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
ARC provided by Random House Childrens via NetGalley for an honest review.

This book will grab hold of you and wont let go, even after you are done with it. It is part science fiction, a little bit of horror, and whole lot of heart with wonderful characters and a terrifying life form taking over the world. I will never look at plants in quite the same way again.

All three of our main characters are very well developed with backgrounds that kids will be able to relate to. Seth has been in foster
Haley (
We received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All opinions are our own and do not reflect the thoughts or beliefs of the publisher or author.

Pitched as Hatchet meets alien, Bloom follows three children as their coastal Canadian town is over run with Venus-fly trap like plants. Anaya, Petra and Seth have spent their lives dealing with strange, inconvenient allergies. But now, when it matters most, they might be the only people who can save the world
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9-12, sci-fi, contemporary, arc
Wow I wasnt expecting that! This book is like one continuous adrenaline shot that doesnt stop until the last page. I was just going to read one chapter before bed but before I knew it I was halfway through the book.

I always felt that Kenneth Oppels books evoked a sort of visceral fear and intensity. This book in particular creates an apocalyptic scenario that would be terrifying if it were real, not just because of the concept but because of the speed at which the situation escalates. The
Tracy Robinson
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up to 4. I dont normally read middle grade books, but I was intrigued by the premise of this one and decided to check it out. BLOOM is an eco-thriller/horror book that is sure to entertain upper middle grade readers. I can definitely see younger readers picking this up at a book fair or the library based on cover and synopsis alone.

For me, the book had a lot of extra details not necessarily overwritten, but times in which I just wanted things to GO instead of just adding more stuff
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of this book but it in no way alters my review.

This was my first read from this author and I was presently surprised. It is a teen book, which I normally don't enjoy as much, but this one was an exception. It was well written and interesting. The characters were entertaining and the story wasn't caught up in teenage antics to become annoying.

After an odd rain that occurs over most of the world, black plants start to quickly sprout up. Strange quickly turns to horrifying as these
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I acquired an ARC of this book from work (one of the managers gets tons of them), so I don't know how it will compare to the "finished" book. However, I did really enjoy this story. The characters were interesting, though I personally feel they could have been developed a little better. Maybe they'll get more development in later books? However, I appreciated the involvement of the parents. These guys are all just teens, after all. The only character that didn't sit well with me was the General ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Bloom follows the story of three teens as their small town -- and then the entire earth -- is overrun by a mysterious, aggressively spreading plant. Strange things start to happen as the plants continue to grow, but Anaya, Petra, and Seth don't seem to be negatively affected the way everyone else is. As they investigate, they find out more about how they relate to the strange plants and race to find a way to curb the invasion.

Although this is technically categorized as a middle grade book, the
Thank you to the Harper Collins and author Kenneth Oppel for providing an ARC copy of Bloom to our #BookPortage group. Bloom is now available for purchase.

Bloom is the first in a new trilogy by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. Three special teens find themselves in the middle of a global invasion that they seem to have the power to change. What is special about Anaya, Petra, and Seth and can these three teens work together to save their community of Salt Spring Island and the world from being
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I love everything Kenneth Oppel and have been a fan for years. I really appreciate the Canadian location (as a Canadian) and can easily envision a lot of the places Ive been.
The one thing that was jarring about this book is the strange way people were often described as who looked like Brock from that ranch show she liked but would never admit or who had a haircut like Jessica from that one show about the beach
Like... what? Are these Canadian shows readers are supposed to know what hes talking
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fast read, I couldn't put the book down! There was almost non-stop action and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I was drawn into the story right away from the first few pages. The premise was what drew me to the book initially, killer vines that erupt after a rainfall. The book takes place on a small island in British Colombia, and follows three teenagers as navigate these treacherous plants. I can't wait until the other books from this trilogy come out, I just need to ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Read an e-arc from NetGalley.
A huge storm sends rain and seeds. Petra, Anaya, and Seth are 3 kids who seem to be impervious to the effects of the plants, and, in fact, they each show some new aspects of their own. But the plants seem to be highly invasive all over the world, and an herbicide is needed to kill them.
It seemed like each time the kids seem to get ahead, they end up two steps back. Including the last sentence. It would be interesting to see the plot development of the kids, and what
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

The premise of this sounded amazing! I dont know why in the beginning it really gave me a Lord of the Flies vibe with the secluded island and vegetation. However, as the story began to deviate more from the main plot line it kind of lost me. It got a little too far fetched and what interested me the most, the crazy growing killer vines became less of the antagonist! However, the ending did make me a little happier with the story... Im a sucker for a cliffhanger! I would recommend it to
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I was born in 1967 in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia...At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer (this came after deciding I wanted to be a scientist, and then an architect). I started out writing sci-fi epics (my Star Wars phase) then went on to swords ...more

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