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 neighbors, 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. A tale of star-crossed lovers, strange creatures, and secretive, feuding factions, The Scourge introduces readers to a rich and exciting new world where nothing is as it seems.
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Book 1 is good but first read about book 2 below
I have listened to so many wonderful books like Hunger Games, Divergent, enclave, Legend, Shatter me, Unwind... that I hate to say that this book is in the middle because it is a great book but compared to ones listed above, it is below those.
This book really puts you in the shoes of a blind person. It was whole new way of telling a story that was unique to this series. She had to describe scenes and people by other means other than sight so I really felt like I was "blind" while listening to it but in a good way. It is a dystopian setting with the protagonist being a strong, young female. The book is written well and the performer does a great job. It is not gory and there is no cursing. However, the second book of this series does have a rapist that attempts to rape her and he eventually is painted as a good guy who was just being "silly" when he was attempting to rape her. She continues to hang out with her almost rapist and when other males try to protect her from him, she always scolds them and tells them to stop fighting as if she were talking to squabbling children. I am not sure that is a good message to be sending to young girls. That takes place in book 2 so that is something you should be aware of before you read book 1.
Second Time Through
Perhaps. I had read the print version once before listening to the book. It was just as good the second time through. There are some minor "twists" that make it exciting and intriguing. The story slows in a couple parts, but it was just as fresh and new the second time through, and well worth the re-"read".
The only issue I had is that the male characters sounded over-exaggerated. I almost returned the book 1 chapter in because I felt like it was beind read in the way I might read to my young child; over exaggerated and comical.
There are some heartbreaking moments in the book. As a mother, I felt my heart break twice over when discussing The Exchange.
- yns 025