Friday, January 22, 2016

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Poison (Wind Dancer #1) by Lan Chan @WriteObsession @XpressoReads @XpressoTours #XpressoBookTours

Poison by Lan Chan 
(Wind Dancer #1)
Publication date: September 1st 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult


Since the night her mother was murdered, sixteen-year-old Rory Gray has known one truth: There are no good Seeders.

In post-apocalyptic Australia, the scientists known as Seeders have built a Citadel surrounded by food-producing regions and populated with refugees from the wars and famine. To maintain their control, the Seeders poisoned the land and outlawed the saving of seeds.

It’s been six years since Rory graced the Seeders’ circus stage as the Wind Dancer and still the scars on her body haven’t healed. Even worse are the scars on her heart, left by a Seeder boy who promised to protect her.

Now the Seeders are withholding supplies from Rory’s region for perceived disobedience. Utilising the Wanderer knowledge she received from her mother, Rory must journey to the Citadel through uninhabitable terrain to plead for mercy.

However, the Citadel isn’t as Rory remembered. The chief plant geneticist is dying and rumours fly that the store of viable seed is dwindling. The Seeders are desperate to find a seed bank they believe Rory can locate, and they will stop at nothing to get it.

To defy the Seeders means death. But Rory has been close to death before–this time she’s learned the value of poison.

Recommended for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, strong protagonists, minority characters, circuses and nature!


My Review:

I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Rory a sixteen year old girl lives in one of the villages outside the walls of the Citadel. Her and her family once lived inside the walls until her mother was murder by the Seeders. The Seeders control the country and everyone in it. Rory is half Seeder and half Wonderer. She was once a part of the circus at the Citadel and one of the best. She was known as the Wind Dance and she was very good at what she did.

But after her mother’s death Rory and her family was sent to live in a faraway land. Rory and the people in her village were running out of food. They are not allowed to have seeds to grow their own food. It is against the law to for Rory and her family and friends to have seeds if they are caught then they are punished.

The Seeders provide the people in the villages outside of the walls of the Citadel. But for some reason unknown to Rory and all of the other people the Seeders have stopped providing them with the supplies they need to survive. Of course they don’t provide them with everything they need. Rory knows how to hunt food for her own people. Rory has been going into the forest for a long time now hunting for food for her and her family.  Rory has her own set of knives that she wears at her waist most of the time. She feels naked without them.

When her father becomes ill with the sickness that is going around; he sends her to the Citadel to see an old friend of his. He hopes that his friend can help him survive well that is if Rory can get there and back in time. It is a long way and she has to go through the forest where there are mutated animals and plant life not to mention the reapers. The reapers are like these real bad people that will take and use you maybe for their slave or even for food. But Rory knows what is in the forest and is not afraid to go on a walkabout in a post-apocalyptic Australia. She knows how to hide from the mutated animals and the reapers besides all that she has her knives with her.

Rory sets out all on her own but soon finds out that her little brother is hot on her trail. When she catches him at first she doesn’t know what to do with him. Send him back or take him back home herself. She is afraid to let him wonder around in the forest alone besides he can talk real fast and soon has her convinced that she would be better off to let him tag long against her better judgement.   

Rory has a very hard and exciting journey on her way to the Citadel. She runs into to more people which she is not too keen on at first. She is more of a loner. But she soon finds out that she needs people more that she thought. She comes to care about these people very much and does what she can to keep them safe.

She finally reaches the Citadel and to her surprise she is not sent away like she thought she might be. She is allowed to stay but she soon learns why they don’t send her way. They want her join their circus again after all these years but that is not all. The Seeders are running out of seeds and need Rory to help them find more. They think that Rory knows where a bank of seeds are. They think that her mother told her where they were. But Rory has no idea about any seeds. But she doesn’t tell them this because as long as they think she knows and that she is withholding this info from them then it could be the only thing that is keeping her alive at the moment.

They think her mother told her about the bank of seeds long ago before she was murdered. But this is not the case she never told her anything about any seeds. She use to tell her stories at night before bedtime but they were just fairy tells right? Well now we come down to the bad part where she finds out what her choices are. In Rory’s world there are always choices but of course they are not freedom of choices. When Rory doesn’t tell them what they want to know they finally give her ultimatums. Can Rory save her family and friends or can she save everyone? What will she do? Will she tell them what they want to know?

In my standard author interview questions one of the questions is if you could go back in time to any place of your choice where would you go and why. Well that question actually originated from me wanting to visit Australia. I use to ask people and still do sometimes if you could visit any place on earth where would go and why? I have wanted to visit Australia for a very long time now. But alas that is one dream that I know will never come true. So when I read that Poison was set in Australia and I also love dystopian and post-apocalyptic books I just had to read it and I was not disappointed in no way. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait for the book in the series. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Rory and all of her new friends and her world.

If you like reading books in this genre or if you just love a good story then this is the book for you. It will take you on a very long journey that you can never get enough of. It will swallow you up from beginning to ending. You will be so immersed that you will not know what has taken a hold of you. It will hold you prisoner the beginning to the end and then keep you wanting more.     


Lan Chan is a writer, gardener and professional procrastinator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is still waiting for her super powers to manifest but until then she writes young adult novels featuring strong female protagonists, minority characters and has a particular interest in dystopias and urban fantasy. Lan’s debut novel POISON, the first in her WIND DANCER series is due for release in September 2015.

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Giselle said...

Great review, Nancy! This sounds like a unique read, and I also would like to visit Australia!!

HaveBook WillSurvive said...

Such an interesting world. Can't wait to read this.

Stormy Vixen said...

Sounds like a great book and I love the cover, thanks for sharing and good luck!