242 pages | Published January 31st 2012
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 neighbours, 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.
REVIEW: 5 Stars
The Scourge is an excellent dystopian novel that I absolutely adored. It’s about the adventure of two teenagers searching for a new way to live their lives peacefully and without fear. I LOVED this book. It’s got everything; havoc, action, romance, surprise, deception, compassion and much more. I’m amazed this book only cost me $0.99 on my kindle because it is SO GOOD.
Fennel, our main character, is a young sightless girl who has a terrible and terrifying burden on her shoulders. Every day she must walk through the Scourge (zombies) to collect water for her entire community because her sightlessness means she’s the only one immune and protected from them. Fennel is brave, strong, kind and funny. The author writes from her point of view and does a great job of describing the challenges that she undertakes daily as a blind person living in a forest. It really puts you in her shoes; I found myself imagining the feel of the forest under your hands and the smells as your only guide. I love that despite her ‘disability’ (I use the term disability lightly here because I would never consider Fennel as disabled) Fennel is anything but helpless. She’s one of the strongest female leads I’ve read, she doesn’t let her fear control her life but keeps on keeping on.
Then we have Peree, the ‘wild boy’ and Fennel’s Loftie protector. Peree lives in the trees and it’s his job to protect Fennel from the Scourge while she’s collecting water. I absolutely adore Peree and his relationship with Fennel. Peree is a great male lead, he’s stubborn, protective, sarcastic and all-round decent guy who supports Fennel and keeps her strong. Plus he’s an awesome story-teller.
This book is excellently written; it moves at a fast and logical pace. There are sweet moments, sad moments and suspenseful twists and turns. My only disappointment with the book is that it wasn’t very long and I really wish there had been more. The Scourge creates a world that you will happily get lost in and be very sad to leave. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!