Seeds of Hope


Fiction - Dystopia
338 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2019
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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Seeds of Hope by Debbie Tremel is a dystopian eco-fiction novel that follows a group of Visionaries who return to the embrace of the wilderness after humanity has destroyed it. Looting and arson and violence are being perpetrated in the cities by a newly anarchist “civilization” and even the military. There is no order, there is no food, there is nothing human about what's left. “Humanity had recklessly borrowed from the Earth, never giving thought that the loan could be called in. And now the payment was due.” The book begins with the protagonist Daniel, who is forced to bury the group he's traveling with after a cataclysmic landslide spurred by an earthquake wipes all out but him. He must travel hundreds of miles to get to the Earth lodge and the rest of his family. Reuniting is just the beginning, as the group must establish their own new world order, preserving the best of what they know and doing all they can to ensure both their survival and the survival of what's left of the planet.

Seeds of Hope is a unique book that approaches a post-apocalyptic world with a collaboration of people who are not bent on pushing forward to restore what was, but one that stops in order to simply preserve what is left. This is, first and foremost, a poignant piece of eco-fiction, thwarting the survivalist skills of preppers and instead promoting the spiritual connection to Earth as people who are a part of it—not in control of it. This does not mean that Daniel and the rest of the group are passive to those who attempt to overtake them. On the contrary, they are willing to defend themselves to whatever extent necessary (and it certainly becomes necessary) as they work to rebuild a world that honors the planet, and the basic values humans have lost over time. I loved this book for its story and for its message, and I found it to be equally sad and inspiring, and altogether timely and relevant. Highly recommended.

Tiffany Ferrell

In Seeds Of Hope by Debbie Tremel, we find the world on the brink of destruction. Mankind is destroying itself and nature, yet very few notice the signs. Daniel, his family, and close friends think otherwise. Knowing that chaos and the end of modern civilization are soon coming, the families decide to go into the wilderness, preparing themselves to live off nature and the way our ancestors did before technology. The families are separated as they make their way into Canada and towards their destination. Sophie, Daniel's mother, along with her daughters and a few friends, are ahead of Daniel, his father and two others in their journey. When a rockslide hits, Daniel is suddenly left alone with the death of his father and the others. Hoping that the others will be there when he arrives, the young man continues the journey alone, worrying about his family and friends ahead of him and whether or not they will be there when he gets to his destination.

I think Debbie Tremel has written an excellent novel in Seeds Of Hope about what everyone fears at the back of their minds. What will happen when society as we know it collapses? Will humanity have what it takes to survive and go back to the ways of our ancestors? The book starts with a tragedy with Daniel losing his father and friends, alone in this escape from the United States and the crumbling of their society. Then we switch to a mother who worries about her son and husband and, while you're reading it knowing what happened, it breaks your heart the entire time just anticipating their reaction once they find out; if they even find out. The characters are very well written and you can relate to them and their struggle. The plot for me is very real and plausible seeing what’s happening in the world and in my own country now. Something like this happening doesn’t seem far off if we don’t change. Seeds Of Hope is a great dystopian book that I would recommend to my friends.

Rabia Tanveer

Seeds of Hope by Debbie Tremel is an emotional story about surviving the odds and learning to live once again while keeping a tight grip on hope. What will you do if your world is broken down and buried under rubble that cannot be moved? This happened to Daniel, his friends, and his family. Their peaceful existence was shattered when a rock slide devastated their community. Some got out of it, some perished terribly at the hands of this natural disaster and Daniel is hoping that his family made it out to reach northern Canada. Now all Daniel can do is try to reach them as quickly and safely as he can. The journey is harsh, but the mental pressure on him and the physical pressure on his body are slowly taking a toll on him. Will he make it to his family where he can survive and make sure that they are safe as well?

This is a raw look at what could actually happen in the future if we are not careful about how we treat Earth. There is so much that our planet can take and if it starts retaliating back, we will have no hope of surviving. The author paints a very vivid picture of what Daniel is going through; she doesn’t hold back and makes sure that you get the gory and raw picture of what Daniel experiences. You will feel each emotion Daniel feels, you will feel his desperation, his hope, his fright, and even his depression as he and the people around him fight every day just to survive. The pace of the story is not too fast or too slow. Daniel is given plenty of page space to get out of his shocked state of mind and become a developed character and the overall atmosphere of the story is bleak yet hopeful. This is about surviving the odds and never losing hope. It will have your heart racing and sitting on the edge of your seat!