Aranka is a moderately normal teenager until those who hold true power in today s world decide she s a threatThe accepted image of the modern world is an illusion A clandestine force usurps the desires and emotions of individuals, and those who won t conform must be crushed to preserve the appearance of free will Aranka and a few others stand in the way, not because they are rebels, just because of the fluke in their genes Those with power will stop at nothing to protect their supremacy Aranka is kidnapped and forced to watch as her fellow prisoners are killed one by oneA small band of outlaws from every corner of the globe fight to free the captives and preserve their own freedom Kenyen, a young doctor, ventures into the heart of oppression but he can t stop the terror He just wants to save one life In the process he uncovers the Seed, the first flicker of hope in a thousand years This is one of those absolutely fascinating fantasy novels that draws you in so slowly and thoroughly that you don t even realize how hooked you are on the story until you run out of pages to read A very unique tale that combines science, myth, and magic against the backdrop of our own reality to create a truly different world that is still both comfortingly and terrifyingly familiar The book follows Aranka, a high school student, as she is taken from her school along with several other stude This is one of those absolutely fascinating fantasy novels that draws you in so slowly and thoroughly that you don t even realize how hooked you are on the story until you run out of pages to read A very unique tale that combines science, myth, and magic against the backdrop of our own reality to create a truly different world that is still both comfortingly and terrifyingly familiar The book follows Aranka, a high school student, as she is taken from her school along with several other students to become part of an experiment run by a secret group who are the real power in the world Aranka is utterly transformed into something even the people running the experiment couldn t have predicted She slowly watches all of the other children taken with her die, her own life hanging in the balance, before the reader is introduced to a group of rebels who are trying to overthrow the secret power structure Aranka may be the key to their success if she survives all the danger awaiting her An excellent read, I can t wait for the next book in the series Emotional Wow The characters in this book are like real friends I miss them already I wish I wasn t done or it was longer or something.I guess it is supposed to be dystopian, like Divergent or The Hunger Games, but this is a lotrealistic It s right now for one thing, not in the future, and the society is like now, except for some secret cult that pulls the strings of power Not really sure if this is for teenagers because it is a lotintense that most teenage fiction You can so Emotional Wow The characters in this book are like real friends I miss them already I wish I wasn t done or it was longer or something.I guess it is supposed to be dystopian, like Divergent or The Hunger Games, but this is a lotrealistic It s right now for one thing, not in the future, and the society is like now, except for some secret cult that pulls the strings of power Not really sure if this is for teenagers because it is a lotintense that most teenage fiction You can so easily believe that this world is out there, right now It made me look over my shoulder and shiver like 1984, except with better characters and action Even when people who look like elves show up in the story it feels plausible because the multicultural characters prove that there are legends about elf looking people all over the world in vastly different cultures The argument is that if a myth is that widespread it must have some truth to it If you ve ever wondered why everyone from Vietnam to Ireland has myths about elves, this book has one amazing answer Everything in there logically fits and makes for a great story.I stayed up way later than I should have and read it almost without stopping I need the next one Premise When you were in high school, were you one of the popular girls Always hanging with your clique discussing superfluous things and giggling and making fun of those you deemed inferior Or did you not belong in any groups and mostly kept to yourself Maybe drawn to a person or two but never beyond that What if there was a scientific reason for that It s just a normal day for 16 year old Aranka, who s never been one of the popular gals or belonged to any cliques She and several of h Premise When you were in high school, were you one of the popular girls Always hanging with your clique discussing superfluous things and giggling and making fun of those you deemed inferior Or did you not belong in any groups and mostly kept to yourself Maybe drawn to a person or two but never beyond that What if there was a scientific reason for that It s just a normal day for 16 year old Aranka, who s never been one of the popular gals or belonged to any cliques She and several of her classmates are subjected to some medical tests at school and, well, that s when things start getting weird Positives The book has a premise I am sure a lot of people out there can relate to, old and young, so it has a wide range of an audience The fact that the action does not take place in the future but in the present day has great value to me somehow it s much easier to imagine a fantasy book in another time and place, so this is a true challenge Throughout the book, the author presents the life of Aranka in a way which can t help but make you relate to her Every action has just the right pace and emotion It is just fast enough to keep you turning the pages The way the reasons to why those things are happening to Aranka and her friends are presented is so beautiful, like little pieces of a puzzle they are informative to a degree, but leave you begging forThe Soul and The Seed is filled with new, believable concepts, and once all the pieces fit together, you can truly imagine our current world being explained that way, as well as past history So much stuff you know is justified so well under such a different light that you can t help but get carried away with the what if s The first third or so is thrilling, exciting, disgusting, sad It shows the best and the worst in people As the book progresses, you almost watch Aranka grow up and grow strong despite being so fragile and struggling the whole time The combination of strength and weakness makes this a very real character And the depth of this character makes you care about her and what she goes through and what comes next You get a great idea of who the other characters are and what moves them again, you relate to them in one aspect or the other Each has their own voice and personality The Pronunciation Guide at the end was a pleasant surprise and shows the author s dedication in creating and developing a whole new language Negatives The book s beauty and strength of character lies in its progression, and this is where I think the synopsis fails It practically ignores the first third or so of the book, which is so important, influencing the reader to possibly not experience this progression in such an enjoyable manner I think that by adding different voices to the narrative besides Aranka s, the author managed to give a whole new dimension to the book I would however have changed the chapter division I would have only changed chapters when the voice changed, leaving the current chapters as subchapters Having the same name title chapter after chapter wasn t very appealing to me The ending was pretty disappointing to me I would have preferred a bitclosure to the book, even though there is a sequel Conclusion The Soul and the Seed was one of my fastest reads for good reason It is the very definition of a page turner If not for real life interference, I would have read it in its entirety at once I did enjoy the first half or so of the bookthan the rest Discovering Aranka s struggle and inheritance was a thrill view spoiler As soon as she and Jace started arguing about strategy and they went out to look for other Kyrennei for some reason I lost a bit of interest, but not by much hide spoiler The book does not fit a particular genre but is, amongst other things, the perfect merge between a contemporary reality and fantasy, with a bit of historical fiction in the mix and a hint of dystopia It is beautifully written, the narrative flows extremely well, both the characters and the concepts are very believable and I cannot wait to read the sequel Disclaimer I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. gripping, set in present time with both ancient and futuristic storytelling I like the concepts which are fresh and very interesting basically a good versus evil tale, with very interesting developments A young girl protagonist and an adventure set in rural areas Very realistic with the problems that a rural setting would have, both advantages and disadvantages This author obviously knows and cares about rural families and the geographical area, making it very interesting to the general pop gripping, set in present time with both ancient and futuristic storytelling I like the concepts which are fresh and very interesting basically a good versus evil tale, with very interesting developments A young girl protagonist and an adventure set in rural areas Very realistic with the problems that a rural setting would have, both advantages and disadvantages This author obviously knows and cares about rural families and the geographical area, making it very interesting to the general population, andso to the small town folk of america The story is fantastic, and hits on topics of current interest ebola super virus, homeland security and terrorism, and divided political factions try it, you will like it