Forager (Forager #1) by Peter R. Stone (Review by Cianna – #NerdGirlSunshine)


Title: Forager (Forager #1)

Author:  Peter R. Stone

Published Date: November 20th 2013

Genre: Sci Fi / YA / Dystopian


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Eighteen-year-old Ethan Jones lives in Newhome, a town built upon the decaying ruins of post-apocalyptic Melbourne, ruins haunted by the ferocious Skel, a nomadic tribe of degenerate savages.

The Skel are ramping up their attacks on Newhome’s foraging teams and infesting Melbourne’s ruins in ever greater numbers. Is this part of a larger plan that could spell the town’s doom?

Meanwhile, the last thing Ethan expects when he and his companions rescue a two-car convoy from the Skel is a Japanese teenage girl with an outlandish dress-sense, who after they take her back to Newhome, goes to great lengths to ingratiate herself into his life. But is it in gratitude for saving her life or is she seeking something more?

And what a quandry she places him in, for he knows the rules, that no man is permitted to be alone with an unmarried woman. But how can he drive such a gentle soul away when she touchs his heart so deeply, even though she clearly carries the pain of a broken heart.

At the same time, Newhome’s police force, the Custodians, are suspicious of Ethan’s foraging team’s successes and are pulling out the stops to find out which member of his team has the illegal mutant ability that gives them an edge over the other teams. Should these peacekeepers discover Ethan is the mutant they seek, they will haul him away and dissect him like a frog.


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***Cianna – #NerdGirlSunshine’s  Review***
Dystopian is interesting to me, it’s one of those genres that really opens up, and you can take it anywhere. The world has so many flaws to exploit, and twist, and it’s such a great baseboard for stories. Previously, I had read Stone’s A Knight of Dein, which is fantasy and action, and was very good. I enjoyed it, but I will say, I enjoyed this one even more. Australia is the setting and the world has been decimated by World War 3. You are pulled into this story, quite quickly, and it’s worth it. The author gives us a dense world, complex characters, and thorough storytelling. It’s outstanding.
A lot of writers struggle with describing a world so far from what we’re living in, that it falls flat, but Stone’s world really brings life to it, and interests the reader. Ethan, the main character, is a Forager, hence the title. He goes out and finds materials from the ruins of other cities. This leads to the plot line, Ethan and his crew are so good, the government is taking notice and sends special agents with them, called Custodians, and it’s during this mission we’re introduced to the love story line in the book. I liked Ethan, I thought he was realistic, and driven, and really stood out from the background in the way a main character needs to. Nanako, the love interest, was another interesting character, she’s endearing and sweet, and you really grow to appreciate the love blooming between Ethan and her. Overall, the plot was solid, it pulls you in, and you move through this book quite quickly, you are interested in the well-being of the characters, and you start pulling for them.
There were a few elements in the book that could be described a bit more thoroughly, like his powers, Custodians, Skel to name a few, but it does seem like there will be a follow up book, and if so, I can understand how some issues haven’t been full developed yet. Good read for dystopian/sci-fi lovers, and I can’t wait to see what happens for the next book!


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