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Seeders by A.J. Colucci
Cover Artist: Photo: Balounm / Shutterstock
Review by Jon Guenther
Thomas Dunne Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250042897
Date: 15 July 2014 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Seeders is the story of an aging botanist who allegedly is so despondent at the destructive results of his scientific discovery he throws himself off a cliff.

Thus enters a select group of characters who arrive at the island for the proverbial reading of the will, only to discover that the "crazed old man" maybe wasn't so crazy as he's discovered a way for plants and humans to communicate directly with one another.

I have to admit that A.J. Colucci's experiences as a newspaper reporter shine through in this novel. The prose is succinct and the storytelling polished. The scientific concepts are also interesting. In a lot of respects, I almost felt as if I were watching a movie in the vein of Jurassic Park. So it comes as no surprise that other reviewers compared Colucci's last novel to those of Michael Crichton.

Of the characterization and plot, however, it's the characters that really carry this book. The science was there but it felt a bit on the superficial side and I don't think Ms. Colucci went as deep into it as she should have. While the science might be considered secondary in this book, which many will probably view more character-driven than plot-driven (as I did), I do think there's a certain level of commitment that authors need to make in a novel classified as a science fiction horror/thriller.

On the other hand, I found the book worked on a number of levels. The characters were varied and interesting enough that the book held my attention until its somewhat anti-climactic conclusion. The one downer was it seemed to take awhile to get the heart of the story off the ground. Things really didn't start to happen until about a third of the way through the book. Despite that, the wait proved worth it. This wasn't groundbreaking science fiction by any means, but it was a wholly entertaining read in and of itself, and that was enough. I'd recommend it if you're looking for good entertainment.

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