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December 11, 2012

Blog Tour: The Scourge by A.G. Henley – Review with G!veaway

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The Scourge by A.G. Henley

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Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. And she’s always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone. The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn’s. Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him. As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.

The Scourge by A.G. Henley Publication Date:  January 31, 2012

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The Scourge by A.G. Henley was not at all what I had expected.  With its multiple plot twists and turns, I was completely hooked in this Dystopian world created by author, A.G. Henley.  A world where the infected roam the land.

It reminded me of The Forest Of Hands And Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan mixed with a little bit of The Hunger Games with a little bit of a M. Night Shyamalan feel!  I was actually surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book!

Main protagonist, Fennel has been chosen as someone of great importance to her people, The Groundlings.  Since she was a little child, she has been sightless.  And it is because of this sightlessness that her role and importance with her fellow Groundlings is known.  Every year, the scourge return to their land to feed… on them and their neighbouring (I want to say) tribe, The Lofties.  The Lofties remain in the safety of their trees where the scourge cannot touch them, and the Groundlings are forced to seek refuge in the caves where the scourge fear the darkness of the cave.

But because the Lofties are stuck in the trees and the Groundlings are stuck in the caves, it is up to Fennel, to trek to the lake and obtain water for both tribes.  It is believed that those who are sightless are immune to the hunger of the scourge.  It is Fennel’s daily mission to obtain enough water for both the Lofties and her fellow Groundlings.  And to ensure that she is safe, a Loftie is appointed as Keeper, whose responsibility is to kill any scourge that gets in Fennel’s way.  And it seems that Fennel lucked out with Peree.

When it seems that the scourge’s stay is longer than usual, Fennel has taken it upon herself to volunteer and find the only remaining safe body of water found deep within the caves and beyond.  No one has ever been successful in returning with the knowledge of finding these waters, and now sightless Fennel has taken this burden for her people.  But little did Fennel know that she would not be making this trip alone.  Her Keeper, Peree, has snuck out from the trees, unbeknownst to his people, to accompany Fennel on her quest.

It is during this journey that both Fennel and Peree find out more about themselves and about their people.  It is also during this journey that they find out that all that they have ever known is not as it seems, and that those that they trust have dark secrets of their own…about the community and about the scourge.

As I stated earlier in this review, the multiple twists and turns found throughout these pages had me completely glued to the story.  Around every corner, there is a new discovery about the land, their people, themselves… Just when I thought that there could not possibly be another shock factor left to show the readers, author A.G. Henley throws in another one!  And the twists just keep getting better and better where in the end, I had to put the book down and just stare off into space thinking “OMG, I can’t believe how things turned out!”  And of course, in a very good way!

It was interesting to see how two people who are not meant to even be friends find a way to build this relationship where they must trust each other whole heartedly.  I absolutely loved watching the relationship between Peree and Fennel unfold.  Peree reminded me of a shy Peeta à la Hunger Games.  Admiring from a far type guy.  There were different moments in the book where Peree’s words to Fennel made me smirk.   Their conversations with each other were moments that I always looked forward to.  I loved reading the different stories that Peree would tell Fennel about the “old world” and the animals that use to exist.

The only thing that bothered me was that there ends up being a point in  the book where the way everyone started speaking all proper rather than the easy, flowing conversations that was initially found in the book.  And the all of a sudden, it would switch back to normal.  Fortunately, it was just a small section of this book where this language switch up occurred.

I recommend The Scourge to fans of zombie type reads, Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth books, and The Hunger Games.  As this is book 1, I can’t wait to see what direction A.G. Henley will take the next book!

 

About the Author:

A.G. Henley is the author of the young adult novel, THE SCOURGE. She is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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11 Comments

  1. kimbacaffeinate
    12/11/2012

    O.o well ya know I love good dystopian. So glad you enjoyed this one, it sounds dark.
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    You should def. check this one out Kim!

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  2. This sounds fantastic. I love zombies and a good dystopian so this sounds like a total win!! Great review!!
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  3. Sarah kozlowski
    12/11/2012

    Sounds like a great book.

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  4. Gaby
    12/11/2012

    Yeap, I love dystopian too! Ans this sounds pretty good!

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  5. Thank you for the amazing review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. Book 2 is written and being edited – stay tuned …

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  6. Christine
    12/11/2012

    Wow, this concept is so unique!! This one sounds great–can’t wait to read it :)

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  7. Jolene A
    12/11/2012

    Sounds great, thanks for the chance to win

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  8. Lisa Vazquezanzua
    12/11/2012

    Ooohh I love Dystopian books!! This one sounds really good! Your review was great. I actually look forward to reading you and your daughters reviews on the books you have read. It gives me some insight on them and If I would like the book to! So thank you for your great reviews and this awesome giveaway!!

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    Thank you Lisa! You have officially made our week <3 You def. should check out this book. Very entertaining!

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