Welcome to my stop on The Scourge Blog Tour! This blog tour is hosted by Kismet Book Touring
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: A.G. Henley
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Length: 242 Pages
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 is not your typical zombie novel, not by a long shot. The twists and turns as the story develops kept me on my toes until the very end. Fennel is one of the sightless, who must help her people survive when the Scourge come. Being sightless does have its advantage, as it protects Fenn from being consumed by the Scourge.
To help her during the times with the Scourge come, and Fenn has to fetch the water, she is assigned a Keeper from the tree living Lofties. Fenn and Peregrine begin to form a friendship, something not allowed between a lowly Groundling and a Lofty. As they grow closer, they begin to discover that their village may be hiding secrets.
Fenn is a character who has to be strong and survive the world without ever seeing it. This makes Fenn very determined and she does not give up on anything easily. Peree is also very stubborn once he has made a decision. He is also very loyal to the people in his life. I think this creates a very caring and protective relationship between the Fenn and Peree.
The Scourge offers so much from whether it is star-crossed lovers, zombies, and just some really good storytelling. When I first picked up The Scourge, I was only planning to get a feel for it by reading the first chapter. That plan did not work; because once I started, The Scourge sunk its teeth into me, right from the start. I cannot wait to see what is going on in Peree and Fenn’s relationship in the next installment.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the tour organizer, in exchange for an honest review**
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A.G. Henley is the author of the young adult novel, THE SCOURGE. She is also aclinical 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. Learn more at www.aghenley.com