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THE SOWING: Book One of the Seeds Trilogy ~K. Makansi


What an exciting read.  THE SOWING is an interesting study of a society which has survived and modified into a command center of academic achievement and a supplier of food for every citizen.  Okarians have survived years of Religious Wars and Famine and developed a culture which has a layered responsibility for each group all reaching towards the top of the hierarchy and the Capital City.  Each person has a place and an outcome; the genetically engineered food is all programed to match perfectly the person’s needs and future endeavors.  As in any society, there are those who do not agree with the lifestyle which is promoted and insured.

The Okarain Society is celebrating 100 years since the end of famine and the Directors have taken charge of the Sectors.  The food workers are supposed to be the most elevated within the society, but they are in reality bred to be laborers with about a 40 year life span.  The work is hard and takes place away from the Capital in small sectors/farms.   Where the wilds have begun to return, there are people who roam the outer areas as Nomads, there are Outsiders who seem to be able to disappear in Nature and then there is the Resistance.

The SOWING is the first book in a trilogy and it very much parallels what people are learning about seed control, food, disease, and pollution in our society.  This is the crucial backstory and it is quite interesting to explore how the Resistance is surviving and making their point.  There are earlier stories of people who have disappeared, been killed and have left the Sector’s cities for various reasons.  Scientists, Mathematicians, Chemists, Computer Engineers, Genetics researchers, and Dieticians, are all selected out of the groups and given great privilege at the Academy.  The story is chocked full of computer knowledge, cloaking devices, futuristic transportations, and knowledge bases and data raids.  How does one begin again and develop real food?

The SOWINGS authors are fascinating:  K. Makansi is a pen name consisting of Kristina Blank Makansi, Amira K. Makansi, and Elena K Makansi, who form a mother-daughter writing team with a wide variety of interests including food-justice issue and study.

THE REAPING is book 2 and is due out in 2014.   I can hardly wait as I found this to be an extremely interesting read and I enjoyed discovering the authors various passions played out in the futuristic story. I believe it is rather like Harry Potter as it is written to appeal to all ages. The bits of romance make it a young adult read. The premise and thinking in the book create a more detailed story line than say The Hunger Games.   THE SOWING has great appeal and relates well to some of the current concerns in our environment presently occurring.

The book is reasonably priced on KINDLE and for other e-readers. I know my daughters will enjoy reading this series very much.  I know 2 fellows in high school who would want to read this story and have a great discussion.

tlc logo This book was sent to me for review by TLC Online Books tours and Layla Dog Press of Saint Louis, MO.    It was a privilege to read this book and share my thoughts about THE SOWING.

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17 Responses to “THE SOWING: Book One of the Seeds Trilogy ~K. Makansi”

  1. Amira K. Makansi (@akmakansi) Says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely review! What a pleasure to read and I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.
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    patricia Reply:

    Amira K. Makansie
    You folks wrote a great book and it was my pleasure to review it. When is the next book arriving in the series – my readers want to know Thank you

  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    How darned COOL to have a mother/daughters writing team!

    patricia Reply:

    I now how cool is this! I wonder what will happen if I mention it to my daughters – all of who would enjoy reading this book

    I like how all their skills and passions were included in the story

  3. Deborah Barker Says:

    Adding this to my reading list for 2014, Patricia. I seem to have a pile of unread books at the moment after my November challenge but I love the anticipation as I stare at the pile. You are responsible for several novels that have graduated from there by the way, so thank you. :-)
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    patricia Reply:

    I have books loading up through April now…and next Monday is book 1 and book 2 in a new series – native American/ Wise woman store in the Pacific Northwest mountains…I have been putting in 12 hour days reading to get the Holiday Winter books reviewed.

    Glad to be of service :)
    Need to read your new post…and 2 of Talon’s right now!

  4. Terrill Welch Says:

    The writing team for this trilogy Patricia has me really curious to give it a read – that and I like this genre of work, having Marge Piercy’s HE SHE AND IT ((published under the title Body of Glass outside the USA) and several of Margaret Atwood’s books such as THE HANDMAID’S TALE and her last trilogy starting with ORYX AND CRAKE on most favourites list.
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    patricia Reply:

    A wow book and well written and I keep thinking how wonderful that their skills came together for this topic and experience.

    I adore Margaret Atwood and have the Oryx and Crake on my wish list- the whole trilogy actually. I purchased He She It as a print book years ago and just purchased it on my Kindle with their Match Maker Program

    I have another 2 books I am reading for next week – Native American story with Shamans and smart women and blue light wisdom…about the Cascades and Salish weaving, and hiking the Olympics and the beach and the oceans…..I can hardly put it down.
    June O’Brien is on Facebook and Lives in Shelton WA…WOW like your paintings What a magical book tour I am on right now

  5. Chris Edgar Says:

    I like how the dystopian novel is making a comeback — even though The Hunger Games, in my opinion, is kind of derivative of Lord of the Flies and the Japanese novel/movie “Battle Royale,” it seems to have inspired a number of interesting takes on the genre, like the book you review here.
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    patricia Reply:

    I don’t care for many dystopian novels – too negative. This one truly resonates with contemporary problems with possible future entanglements.

    I think I liked this one because it was well written and done by a mother/daughter team. Fresh

  6. Talon Says:

    I know someone who will love this trilogy, Patricia. Thank you! :)
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    patricia Reply:

    Yes I immediately thought of at least 3 folks who I know would love this book and this series. It is that kind of a book :)

  7. Sara Healy Says:


    While not my usual genre, your review made this book tempting.
    You do such a good job of giving me the essence of a book. It’s like going to perfume counter and getting the sniffer papers with samples on them:~) Some I like and some I don’t, but I always appreciate the chance to sample!

    With your reviews, I can get a sense of what a book will be like and an honest assessment of how you felt about it. Your reviews are fresh and interesting. Thank you very much:~)
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    patricia Reply:

    I accepted review of this book because I was sure my daughters would like it and I got a bit interested in the genre after reading THE HUNGER GAMES.

    I could see a number of people really enjoying this series. I was taken aback by how much pleasure this book was to read. Already this month I have read 3 books which I will not review – the writing was not worth the effort and one was just too dark.

    I am so appreciative of your kind words Sara – as you are such a fine writer – you beam me UP. Thank you so much.
    Happy dancing now!

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  9. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    This sounds like a book my whole family could enjoy. I hope they’ll do an audiobook version – we love listening to books like this one long drives!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J,
    Yep I think the whole family would enjoy this series. I am hoping it will go audio also.

    You are welcome, it was my pleasure. Hoping I get to read the next one also.