Review by OnawaBrewer -- Seeds of Hope by Debbie Tremel

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Review by OnawaBrewer -- Seeds of Hope by Debbie Tremel

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Seeds of Hope" by Debbie Tremel.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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“The future is for those with a beautiful dream.”

Seeds of Hope , by Debbie Tremel is an inspiring story that follows the choices made by a group of survivalists. Told from the viewpoint of a mother and son, this dystopian novel gives us reason to think and realize that our own society has something to learn.

Daniel’s college goals are disrupted when his parents decide it is time to leave the modern world behind and trek north to Canada. Why? Catastrophic destruction in North America and other countries has decimated crops and water supplies, killing millions and leaving millions more starving. Daniel and his small group begin their journey but are soon met with horrendous tragedy. Left on his own, Daniel must now journey north alone, bringing only the small mementos he can carry on his back.

While Daniel is walking north, his mother Sophie is keeping a vigilant eye towards the south. Her group has been able to find their destinations with minimal troubles and are quickly adapting to a simpler lifestyle. Worry for the smaller group left behind plagues Sophie and her group but they persevere until both units are finally reunited.

Once the groups combine they spend years hidden in the wilderness honing their skills, meeting new people and expanding their community. Until one day the ultimate disaster strikes: they are found by the outside world. Daniel and Sophie must then lead their people into battle against those that would take not only their happiness but their lives as well.

As much as I enjoyed reading this book, there were parts that I felt were lacking. First, there was very little background information on the family itself. Second, there were frequent unexplained time jumps that left gaps in the story. And finally the Apache prophecies that Sophie based the groups entire existence on were not mentioned until well into the book, and then not in great detail. Knowing the prophecies earlier in the story line would have made some of the group’s decisions easier to understand.

There were several instances that seemed far-fetched but became intertwined with the story, weaving into a heart wrenching and believable story. I gave this book a 3 out of 4 star review because of the lack of background information regarding the prophecies as well as the family. The book itself had only a few grammatical errors, instances of profanity and gruesome scenes making it easy to read. The survivalist skills described throughout the book would definitely be of interest to someone with an affinity with nature. Although a work of fiction, Seeds of Hope definitely gives us something to think about as we see our future changing.

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