Germination by Jamie Thornton


  *I won the ebook version from  a    giveaway on BookLikes.

**This review will also be posted on Goodreads.*


     If you like anything [or most things] with quickly-  spreading viruses, zombies, realistic teenaged characters,  learning how homeless kids get by on the street, action,  and strong loyalty, then you will surely enjoy this novella.


     This is an intriguing, cannot-put-it-down tale told in  the view of one of seven runaways, Mary. This is supposed  to be the type of story about a group of kids living in the  street, trying to survive, having to leave their home  because of a plague or something. But really, in this one,  they're trying to do more than survive. They want to live a  life they have chosen, they want to build a better place for  themselves. And that's what they're doing, and Mary's  blog is set up to help others who have [or think they have]  the same desires. Mary and her friends know how to survive on the streets, and the author doesn't make it out to be something pretty or desirable, she instead makes it more realistic [well, for what I believe life on the street would be like] and doesn't sugar coat any of it. I'll be honest here and say I don’t know much about homeless teens, but I have to agree that it feels like the author did her research, or maybe even knew of [or spoke to] someone who was a runaway like Mary and her friends.


     I especially love Mary’s blog posts, how even when not living a glamourous life she still just wants to help people. She shares tips, things she has learned not to do and it feels so real that if I were to ever run away [I wouldn't, but hypothetically if I were to] I would probably write down her tips and follow them.


     I'll also admit that while I also love a good apocalyptic tale, I feel like maybe the virus came in too quickly. Other than that, though, I love how it was introduced, how the action is quick and flows so well you just don't want to stop reading because you just have to know what happens next. It helps that her and her friends are like their own little family and you just don't want to miss out on reading about them. Like, I just got really into the characters. I even admire Mary, because even through the haze of the change, she was able to think of her friends long enough to tell others where they were to cure them.


     I just really enjoyed it, despite the short length, and I’m really excited for the rest of the books. I mean, I prefer longer books, but I could definitely get into the rest because the content is pretty great.



So, that's that. d: