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Bloom by Kenneth Oppel and Sophie Amos (Narrator)
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Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett and Cassandra Campbell (narrator)
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak
Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn
A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow
Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 1 by Naru Narumi
The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves and Gordon Griffin (narrator)
Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
Restaurant to Another World Volume 2 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (Illustrations)
The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman
The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert
The Sea Fairies by L. Frank Baum
Shadowspell by Jenna Black
Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

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Bloom: 12/01/20

Bloom

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel and Sophie Amos (narrator) is the start of the Overthrow series. It's a horror / disaster novel set on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. After an extraordinary rain three varieties of black plants spring up overnight across the island. Soon it's become apparent it's a worldwide floral invasion of man eating plants.

Anaya, Petra, and Seth are three teens living on Salt Spring Island. They are the only three who seem to be immune to the plants. The pollen and acid these plants produce in abundance doesn't affect them. The Canadian government takes notice and decides to recruit them to help find a way to fight the plants.

The set up of how the three teens are unique reminds me of a combination of two YA books I've enjoyed: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (2011) and Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything. by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (2020).

The plants themselves, though, remind me more of horror from the 1950s-1960s. Specifically I'm thinking of Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1951) and the "Man-Eater of Surrey Green" episode of the Avengers (Series 4, Episode 11).

There's on detail that bugs me, and that's the inclusion of male teens who are immune to the plants. Essentially these teens are test tube babies with human DNA and alien DNA. The human DNA comes from their mothers, yet there's Seth and other male teens, we learn late in the book. With no explanation given to how this is possible, I will head canon all of them as being trans.

The second book is Hatched (2020). The audiobook version released today and I will be listening soon.

Four stars

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