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Poison (Wind Dancer Series Book 1) by [Chan, Lan]
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Poison is a young adult dystopian novel about a girl on a mission to overthrow a corrupt government and save the people she loves.

Since the night her mother was murdered, sixteen-year-old Rory Gray has known one truth: There are no good Seeders.

In dystopian/post-apocalyptic Australia, the scientists known as Seeders became the ruling government and have built a Citadel surrounded by food-producing regions and populated with refugees from the wars and famine. To maintain their control, the Seeders poisoned the land and outlawed the saving of seeds.

It’s been six years since Rory graced the Seeders’ circus stage as the Wind Dancer and still the scars on her body haven’t healed. Even worse are the scars on her heart, left by a Seeder boy who promised to protect her.

Now the Seeders are withholding supplies from Rory’s region for perceived disobedience. Utilising the Wanderer knowledge she received from her mother, Rory must journey to the Citadel through uninhabitable terrain to plead for mercy.

However, the Citadel isn’t as Rory remembered. The chief plant geneticist is dying and rumours fly that the store of viable seed is dwindling. The Seeders are desperate to find a seed bank they believe Rory can locate, and they will stop at nothing to get it.

To defy the Seeders means death. But Rory has been close to death before--this time she’s learned the value of poison.

Recommended for fans of best sellers like The Hunger Games, Divergent, strong protagonists, minority characters, circuses and nature!

Appropriate for readers 13+

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  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014R11EV6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Absolutely loved it. Not my preferred genre but I have been lucky enough to read another book (unpublished) by Lan in my favourite genre and loved it so much I couldn't help but read more from her. Glad I took a chance and tried something new. I couldn't put it down, right from the very first chapter. I disagree with the review that suggests it lacks resolution and has too many loose ends. It's the first book in a series, where would the series go if there weren't any intriguing loose ends? Can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 30 August 2015
By Lindsey Hodder - Published on
POISON was a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated genre. Set in a barely recognisable post-apocalyptic Australia, Lan Chan has presented a setting unique enough to be anywhere you could imagine, yet tied so well to the potential outcomes of present-day concerns that you could almost believe you're looking into the future.

Another huge plus for me was the raw grittiness of the book. POISON doesn't shy away from harsh realities that face a group of kids thrust out into a world they don't know - each time characters faced the consequences of what they chose, or were forced, to do, I both hated the author for it (the feels!), and loved her for being brave enough to let her main characters get hurt.

POISON is fast paced, real, and an incredibly engaging read. While there is the occasional scene that left me wondering and I found myself fumbling a little to figure out the setup of this society, once I'd started reading, I couldn't put POISON down. I know it's a story I'll follow to its very end.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chan Challenges the Dystopian Genre...And Makes it Better! Brave and Bold!! 11 April 2016
By Stephanie P. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
**I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review**

Lan Chan doesn't realize that she's somehow managed a miracle: in a bloated market of dystopian science fiction, she has created a world wonderfully and completely original. It's amazing. And she blows other authors in her genre out of the water.
One of the biggest problems with dystopian authors is "the rut" : apocalyptic event, girl meets boy (or vice versa), girl is a badass in disguise and fights back on her own, and gets the boy of her dreams in the end. Happily ever after, bad guys defeated. Formulaic. Or the author will throw in the ever-trusty love triangle to spice things up: the best friend vs the "bad boy." And I'll admit, I read it, over and over again. Different stories with similar structures. Then Lan Chan's Poison came to me, and everything I had read before started to pale in comparison.
Aurora, or Rory to her friends, loses her mother to the Seeders. These people believe in controlling the crops and keeping all the seeds in their possession. The Wanderers, those marked with three leaves in a triangle, believe nature shouldn't be messed with. After a rebellion, Wanderers were slaughtered, but Rory is kept alive because she is the Wind Dancer, a circus performer for the Seeders. When her town is sanctioned for an unknown reason, Rory decides to walk to the Citadel, the Seeder headquarters, and try to gain clemency for her people. Her journey is perilous, and she is reunited with a boy she grew up with and cared for...only to meet him changed and cold. Rory has no one left, and she is once again forced to be the Wind Dancer...she must play nice or die. But without revealing any spoilers, no one is really what they seem, and when it appears Rory has lost everything, she realizes the only person she can truly depend on for change to happen is herself.
It's powerful. Once I started, I couldn't stop. Well-written, clear, and full of twists and turns, Poison was different. A brilliant premise that does not disappoint. When it ended, I was filled with questions still, then realized that this book is only the first in a series, and I must find out what happens next. It is good enough to stand alone (no crazy cliffhangers that leave you frustrated or screaming questions), but it definitely has more to reveal. Lane Chan has released a stunner of a debut, and I have the feeling this series could be big if more people read it.
So that's why I'm sharing this with y'all...go grab a copy and check out the Wind Dancer's first installment, Poison. It will remind you that not all dystopian or speculative fiction books have to be carbon copies of each other. A solid ★★★★★ all the way. I wouldn't steer you wrong.

P.S. There is one character that is just going to piss you off...guess you'll have to find out! Heh heh.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 4 January 2016
By Carrie G. - Published on
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Poison takes place in a post-apocalyptic Australia where a controlling body known as the Seeders have genetically manipulated everything and have poisoned the land and outlawed the saving of seeds. The Wanderers have fought against the Seeders but have been all but wiped out. The outlying areas rely on the Seeders to survive.

Rory Gray lost her mother at an early age as she was a Wanderer so the Seeders had killed her. Rory vowed revenge then and when the Seeders start to wipe out the Landing where Rory has grown up she attempts to head into the woods to make her way to the Citadel to stop the Seeders.

Poison is a fast paced YA dystopian novel full of action and suspense. There are some similarities to the Hunger Games but not enough to make them anywhere near the same. You could compare the Citadel and Seeders to the Capital and President Snow in the Hunger Games and Rory has to fight to survive her time in the woods much like Katniss in the arena. They are really small comparisons overall but fans of that series would probably enjoy Poison.

The author did a wonderful job creating the setting in the book. So many new and exciting things to conquer. The characters and story were fully fleshed out but the plot kept moving at a wonderfully fast pace all the while catching the reader up on what lead to the current situation. It seemed to be heading into a love triangle but that didn’t happen which was actually kind of nice to concentrate on the plot with these characters.

Definitely a great start to this series and will look forward to continuing the story in the next book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review - Author Unpublished 2 October 2015
By Cary Morton - Published on
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I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed Poison by Lan Chan. The first book in the series, and my first foray into Lan Chan’s writing, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I picked up this book, but I soon discovered the amazing action-packed adventure of Aurora Gray.

As far as the technical side of the narrative is concerned, the book was extremely well written. I ran into no more than two or three errors in the entire book (which is pretty damn good considering this was an ARC from NetGalley). The sentences were well structured and easy to follow, the narrative kept a steady, fast pace, and I didn’t stumble over awkward phrases, tense, or POV problems. Setting wise, Poison forayed into a unique dystopian world, set in a far future Australia. The world building was easy to pick up and detailed in a way that seemed expansive without bogging me down with too much terminology or explanations. I was engaged with the story from the very beginning and had trouble putting it down. It was that good.

The characters were both complicated and unique, and though some of them weren’t particularly nice, I can’t pick out any that bothered me or irritated me in any way. I liked even the characters who avidly worked to thwart Aurora in her quest to reach and then survive the Citadel. I think out of all the characters, though, Aiden and Aurora were definitely my favorite. There was a chemistry between them both as rivals, friends, potential lovers, and enemies that I ate up with a spoon. Even when they were bickering I loved the dynamics of their relationship—and honestly, I’m still not sure which side Aiden stands on… Aurora’s, or the Seeders.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I’m extremely glad that I picked it up on a whim. It was everything I love about YA Dystopians without any overly whiny characters. If you’re looking for an action-packed YA Dystopian that’s heavily situated in fantasy and world building (and NOT zombies for once), I’d highly recommend that you give this book a try. It isn’t heavy in romance, so if you’re looking for a book with more story and less teenage angst, this may be the book for you. I know I’ll definitely be heading on into the rest of the series. This one is going on my keeper shelf.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Exciting as Hunger Games! 17 September 2015
By Reader's Hollow - Published on
This book made me care, made me angry, and made me want more.

We start out with Rory (Aurora), who is a Wind Dancer, which means she's worked in the circus as an acrobat in the past and has gained a little fame from it. She's fearless with an unrelenting temper that is both her downfall and makes her pretty kickass all at the same time.

This is a dystopia, meaning that it's in the future and there's some severe things about a system that once worked and isn't anymore. I mean, the Reapers are scary, but the Seeders are almost scarier.
Despite the fame, it didn't stop the Seeders from killing Rory's mother when she was six. This is just the beginning of a giant puzzle that Chan cleverly put together. Rory, with the destruction of her region imminent, travels to the citadel on a Walkabout to beg them to save her home. From here, whatever you think will happen, won't or just goes so very sideways. There are a few aspects that mirror "The Hunger Games," but Chan also has a way of making this new world all her own.

I love that it involved a circus and multiple characters who served different, unique purposes. I can't go into detail with all of them as you never know who might be set up to die, but a few really stood out. I loved Gage and his determination. When things don't go the way he thinks, he takes matters into his own hands and not even Rory has a say. Then there's Aidan, who is predatory, scary and someone who has a deep past with Rory. I loved the animosity that she held for both of these characters at various points in the story. She's definitely a survivor, but not as heartless as the Seeders.

The setting is in Australia, which is really great. There's different animals, landscapes, and of course, genetically modified creatures and plants that are so imaginative and fun to explore. The conspiracies and personal vendettas all collide in an explosion by the end. I couldn't put it down and was really drawn in.

There were a few questions by the end, but I'm definitely going to be getting the next book. I haven't been this excited about a series since, well, The Hunger Games! -- Reviewed by Jessica J