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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1686 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014R11EV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,199 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 Not my preferred genre but I have been lucky enough to read another book (unpublished) by Lan in my favourite genre and loved it so much I couldn't help but read more from her.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 Eager for more. 25 December 2015
By John Rogers ClarkIV - Published on
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Imagine watching your mother killed, then having your face disfigured by burning, all in the span of a couple hours and you're six years old. This is how the story opens and what happens to Rory Gray, AKA The Wind Dancer. She lives in a post apocalyptic Australia, following a worldwide famine. A group calling themselves the Seeders have assumed control of a divided continent where small enclaves depend upon food distributed to them because the Seeders have modified crops so few seeds reproduce true. In fact, saving seeds is a punishable offense. Rory's region is being punished for reasons unclear and food is running out while people are becoming ill. Desperate when her own father sickens, she decides to do a modern version of a Walkabout. Supposedly an individual able to walk to the Citadel where the Seeders live, will have their plea heard and honored.
The trek is anything but easy, involving the kidnapping of her little brother by mysterious soldiers, hostile plants and animals and a terrifying walk across a bridge. When she reaches the Citadel, the intrigue ramps up, leaving readers extremely eager for the next book, especially since there are strong indications of a secret seed repository from before the famine.
Sure, there are numerous similarities to the Hunger Games, but I found all of them well crafted and integral to the plot. This is one of those first in a series books that does the ending/anticipation for more bit extremely well. I'm eager for the next one.
There's violence and grittiness, but that's what dystopian worlds are like and any library, public or school that carries the genre would do well to add this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and engrossing read with an unconventional setting 14 September 2015
By Toni D. Travis - Published on
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This book surprised me in a good way. I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games but I tend to be disappointed by other dystopian YA novels, because they all seem very similar. Poison really stood out for me because sure, it's about Rory's quest to save herself and her family--but it's also about the circus! And nature fighting back against science! And humanity making itself sick through "progress" without knowing how to reverse the effects! Every time I thought I knew where the story was headed, it took another dramatic turn. By the end I really had no idea what to expect, but I was rooting for Rory the whole time. Also the focus on plant life was a really interesting thread throughout the story; I've never seen that in YA fiction before.
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping dystopia 25 October 2015
By Kim E. Power - Published on
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This book is about journeys, in many ways. The journey from the Landing to the Citadel, from naivety to cynical desperation, from girl to woman. It is also a prophecy of what our world might come too if we keep genetically modifying it, making seeds infertile, abusing nature. It is a parable of greed and excess at the expense of others. It seems we do no learn from our tragedies. The author is ruthless with her characters, and keeps the twist coming. An additional pleasure was reading a book set in Australia. To recognise places, to understand some of the clues is a real pleasure.
4.0 out of 5 stars " I loved Rory so much 23 January 2016
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This book really managed to surprise me. One moment I thought I knew exactly where it was going and how it was all going to end. Then, it kicked me in the teeth, shook its finger in my face and said, "not today." I loved Rory so much. She's strong and resilient but she also tugs on my heartstrings as all these bad things keep happening to her. The world tries it's hardest to break her, and sometimes it seems as if she's going to crack, but in the end she always manages to pull through. She had me rooting for her the whole way.
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start.. 2 October 2015
By kathy harrington - Published on
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Oh, it was a slow start, but I'm so glad I pressed on. Once you got to the citadel, it took off running. Now, if book 2 was only out already.