Bloom
The first book in bestselling author Kenneth Oppel’s new trilogyIt was just rain.But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up.Suddenly—They. Are. Everywhere.They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen—and feed.Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. What’s their connection? What’s their secret? A week ago, they wouldn’t have thought they had one.But they’d better figure it out fast—the invasion has already begun.

Bloom Details

TitleBloom
Author
ReleaseFeb 11th, 2020
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139781443450317
Rating
GenreHorror, Science Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Cultural, Canada, Aliens, Thriller, Fantasy, Contemporary

Bloom Review

  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    So, this must be the Miracle Three -Colonel Pearson, BloomI thoroughly enjoyed Bloom The Overthrow #1 by Kenneth Oppel, its a solid sci-fi book with more than a touch of horror; its suspenseful, thrilling, and quite frankly, a bit terrifying in its potential. Strange and extremely sturdy and indestructible black plants begin growing at an unbelievably rapid rate after a heavy rain that covers the entire earth. People begin to have strong allergic reactions to the strange new pollen in the air, “So, this must be the Miracle Three” -Colonel Pearson, BloomI thoroughly enjoyed Bloom – The Overthrow #1 by Kenneth Oppel, it’s a solid sci-fi book with more than a touch of horror; it’s suspenseful, thrilling, and quite frankly, a bit terrifying in its potential. Strange and extremely sturdy and indestructible black plants begin growing at an unbelievably rapid rate after a heavy rain that covers the entire earth. People begin to have strong allergic reactions to the strange new pollen in the air, everyone except three teenagers on Salt Spring Island. Anaya, Petra, and Seth each have something a bit different about them aside from their immunity to the toxic pollen and other nasties that the invasive plants bring to earth, it is these differences that will bring them together but will also set them apart from the rest of the world’s population. The story-line in Bloom is fast-paced and set over a period of three weeks, two weeks earlier and one week after and is told in multiple narratives focusing on the three teenagers. Bloom is not lacking in action and suspense and there were times I felt anxiety at what was happening: Soccer field and man-eating acid spewing plants is as much as I will say about this because I really don’t want to spoil the suspense for anyone but seriously, I could not help but think of Audrey in Little House of Horrors minus the ‘feed me, Seymour’ humor! The base science and botany mixed in with fiction made this a compelling read along with the extremely well written characters. Each main character had an interesting back history that helped me get to know them better without boring me. The ending left me wanting more and I am looking forward to the second in this series, I have no doubt it will be just as great as Bloom.Although Bloom is geared towards younger readers, I think Bloom is a book that anyone with an interest in science fiction or just a great story, will enjoy immensely. A big thank you to NetGalley, Random House Children, Knopf Books for Young Readers, and Kenneth Oppel for providing this copy of Bloom in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why, but I have more kids looking for creepy stories this year than ever before. Tiffany Jackson, April Henry, Ronald Smith, Ellen Oh, and Kenneth Oppel's books to name a few are doing very well in my classroom. Like seeds in a garden, these stories are spreading like wild. With that in mind, when I heard that Kenneth Oppel was publishing a new series about alien plants taking over the Earth, I knew this was a series I had to check out. Oppel is a master at ratcheting up the I don't know why, but I have more kids looking for creepy stories this year than ever before. Tiffany Jackson, April Henry, Ronald Smith, Ellen Oh, and Kenneth Oppel's books to name a few are doing very well in my classroom. Like seeds in a garden, these stories are spreading like wild. With that in mind, when I heard that Kenneth Oppel was publishing a new series about alien plants taking over the Earth, I knew this was a series I had to check out. Oppel is a master at ratcheting up the suspense and continuously raising the stakes for his characters. Bloom does not disappoint in that category! I don't want to give too much away. I will say that Bloom really grew on me and wouldn't let me go. When I got to the end, it frankly had me dying to find out what will happen next! Bloom comes out February 11, 2020. I am thrilled to hear book two, Hatch is coming out this fall, and the final book, Thrive comes out in 2021!Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy to review in advance of the book's publication.
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  • Liv Morris
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever thought to yourself boy, Id like to read more books like Annihilation? Alternatively, have you thought Id like to read Annihilation but alas, I am twelve? Then have I got the book for you. Have you ever thought to yourself “boy, I’d like to read more books like Annihilation?” Alternatively, have you thought “I’d like to read Annihilation but alas, I am twelve”? Then have I got the book for you.
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  • Nathaniel
    January 1, 1970
    Guys. I don't know what to say. Kenneth Oppel has been a favorite author of mine for years. His stories have always captured me and I was so excited when I saw that he was coming out with another YA book. This was not what I expected it to be. It was better. I can't even describe the love I felt for this book. It's, like, one of the best apocalyptic books because it's more than that. It has odd characters who suffer from things and are so real. I just.... uhhhhh I'm having all the feels.
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  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the Harper Collins and author Kenneth Oppel for providing an ARC copy of Bloom to our #BookPortage group. Canadian author Kenneth Oppel is going to score some major points with readers with the first of his latest trilogy The Overthrow #1 Bloom. Set in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, a typical rain appears to have triggered a strange and now life threatening event. Plants - thick, black vine-like plants are sprouting out everywhere and rapidly taking over land and fields. As Thank you to the Harper Collins and author Kenneth Oppel for providing an ARC copy of Bloom to our #BookPortage group. Canadian author Kenneth Oppel is going to score some major points with readers with the first of his latest trilogy The Overthrow #1 Bloom. Set in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, a typical rain appears to have triggered a strange and now life threatening event. Plants - thick, black vine-like plants are sprouting out everywhere and rapidly taking over land and fields. As the island attempts to solve the problem they discover it’s not just in Salt Spring but around the world. No one seems to know how to stop this invasive plant from spreading and its pollen is causing severe reactions and respiratory issues except for three teens who are immune and have nothing in common until now. Petra, Anaya, and Seth each have their own characteristics that set them apart but they are now working together to try and help their community survive. Bioterrorism? Environmental factors? Invasion? Readers are thrown out possibilities of what may lie at the “root” of the problem as they get to know the three teens and watch them try to solve the same questions we have. Suspenseful and fast paced, Mr. Oppel certainly has perfected creepy with this latest book and know that middle readers will race through this one, eagerly waiting for the second in the series Hatch, when it is released in the fall of 2020. Look for Bloom in Feb 2020.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Copy provided by the publisherAnaya has horrible allergies to everything; plants, food, animals. They also cause her to have terrible acne, and she is just weary of going to school when she is feeling bad. Petra, who used to be her friend, is allergic to water. It's a far more debilitating allergy, but it doesn't make her look as bad as Anaya's allergies do. Seth doesn't have allergies, but he has struggled in foster care, finally ending up with the Antos family on their farm in Canada. When Copy provided by the publisherAnaya has horrible allergies to everything; plants, food, animals. They also cause her to have terrible acne, and she is just weary of going to school when she is feeling bad. Petra, who used to be her friend, is allergic to water. It's a far more debilitating allergy, but it doesn't make her look as bad as Anaya's allergies do. Seth doesn't have allergies, but he has struggled in foster care, finally ending up with the Antos family on their farm in Canada. When black, spiky, stubborn plants start taking over the island where the three live, they all notice odd things about the plants. Anaya's father works for the government dealing with plants, and notices how they are growing even where other things aren't. Petra gets caught out in the rain right before the plants start growing, and notices that the water does not make her skin react. She saves the water, and in a day or two, there are small plants growing in that water. Seth and Mr. Antos try to burn out the plants on the farm, only to realize that the resulting smoke is toxic. Not only that, but there is a field near school where the plants don't grow... but that turns out to be because the plants are growing underground and sneak up on animals and humans to drag them under to eat them! Everyone is in a panic, scientists are trying to find out where these plants have come from, and Anaya, Seth and Petra realize that they are all bound by an awful secret from their pasts. Will the world survive?Strengths: My students LOVE dystopian thrillers, and since The Hunger Games came out in 2008 (around the time many of them were born!), a lot of my dystopian books are in bad repair. I've looked for new titles, and this is the best I have seen so far. Tautly creepy, with dastardly plants that are completely unforgiving, awesome scenes of destruction, and a really cool twist about our three protagonists... wow. Hatch is set to come out in fall of 2020, and Thrive in summer of 2021, and I will be ordering all of the books.Weaknesses: I figured out really early on the big twist about the three main characters, but I doubt my students will.What I really think: I loved the science, the evil plants, and the nonstop action! This reminded me a tiny bit of both Patterson's Maximum Ride and Faulkner's The Assault. These will fly off the shelves!
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  • Jenny Ashby
    January 1, 1970
    After reading a review/synopsis of this latest from Oppel - a favorite author - I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Luckily I was able to score an ARC of it and started reading about ten minutes later. And then I didn't stop for much of anything until I was done. I can see this being so popular with my students but it was tons of fun for me as well. Oppel surprised me several times throughout elevating this above just a typical thriller. The changes in the main characters added something I After reading a review/synopsis of this latest from Oppel - a favorite author - I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Luckily I was able to score an ARC of it and started reading about ten minutes later. And then I didn't stop for much of anything until I was done. I can see this being so popular with my students but it was tons of fun for me as well. Oppel surprised me several times throughout elevating this above just a typical thriller. The changes in the main characters added something I wasn't expecting and a little mystery to fighting the monster plants. And just when I was thinking that there couldn't possibly be any way out of a hopeless situation, suddenly there was a possible, plausible solution! Great adventure with a reasonable cliffhanger that has me curious but still able to sleep tonight.
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  • Beth Mendelsohn
    January 1, 1970
    I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.After a rainstorm on the Canadian island of Salt Spring, strange black grass begins to grow. When cut down, it just grows back. Soon the black grass flowers and releases a pollen to which everyone seems to be allergic everyone, that is, except three teenagers Anaya, Petra, and Seth who seem to have nothing in common. If that wasnt bad enough, new types toxic and deadly plants are being found. Because I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.After a rainstorm on the Canadian island of Salt Spring, strange black grass begins to grow. When cut down, it just grows back. Soon the black grass flowers and releases a pollen to which everyone seems to be allergic – everyone, that is, except three teenagers Anaya, Petra, and Seth who seem to have nothing in common. If that wasn’t bad enough, new types toxic and deadly plants are being found. Because of their immunity, the government wants to study them in hopes of a cure. The deadly plants aren’t just in British Columbia, they are worldwide! Do Anaya, Petra, and Seth truly hold the key to humanity’s survival?This sci-fi book pulled me in from the first chapter. It is engaging, fast-paced and suspenseful – I couldn’t put it down! This is the first book in a trilogy that is being fast-tracked with Hatch scheduled for release in September and book 3 in spring of 2021. I highly recommend this book for grades 5 and up.#Bloom #NetGalley
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  • Aaron
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher and my friends in Book Portage for this copy to read and review. This book delivered exactly what I thought it would. A freaky beginning to an upper MG series in the vein of Kenneth Oppel's earlier novels The Nest and Airborn. I have been a big fan of many of Oppel's books and this has elements of many of them. Bloom launches right into the action with a flash forward scene that tells you how serious things might get. We head back to the beginning and strange plants are Thanks to the publisher and my friends in Book Portage for this copy to read and review. This book delivered exactly what I thought it would. A freaky beginning to an upper MG series in the vein of Kenneth Oppel's earlier novels The Nest and Airborn. I have been a big fan of many of Oppel's books and this has elements of many of them. Bloom launches right into the action with a flash forward scene that tells you how serious things might get. We head back to the beginning and strange plants are beginning to grow around Salt Spring Island near Vancouver and it quickly becomes clear that the invasive species is causing huge problems. Three teens find that it also has a peculiar impact on their lives as well. This was a page turning sci-fi that I can't wait to share with my students in February 4, 2020, but it will a long wait until book two comes out in the fall of 2020.
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  • Amy Poirier
    January 1, 1970
    Kenneth Oppel has outdone himself with Bloom! Think Cold Storage by David Koepp (but for kids) meets superhero origin story. It's fast-paced, fun and full of surprises. At no point did it feel like I was reading a middle school novel. Recommend!!!
  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    So, this must be the Miracle Three -Colonel Pearson, BloomI thoroughly enjoyed Bloom The Overthrow #1 by Kenneth Oppel, its a solid sci-fi book with more than a touch of horror; its suspenseful, thrilling, and quite frankly, a bit terrifying in its potential. Strange and extremely sturdy and indestructible black plants begin growing at an unbelievably rapid rate after a heavy rain that covers the entire earth. People begin to have strong allergic reactions to the strange new pollen in the air, “So, this must be the Miracle Three” -Colonel Pearson, BloomI thoroughly enjoyed Bloom – The Overthrow #1 by Kenneth Oppel, it’s a solid sci-fi book with more than a touch of horror; it’s suspenseful, thrilling, and quite frankly, a bit terrifying in its potential. Strange and extremely sturdy and indestructible black plants begin growing at an unbelievably rapid rate after a heavy rain that covers the entire earth. People begin to have strong allergic reactions to the strange new pollen in the air, everyone except three teenagers on Salt Spring Island. Anaya, Petra, and Seth each have something a bit different about them aside from their immunity to the toxic pollen and other nasties that the invasive plants bring to earth, it is these differences that will bring them together but will also set them apart from the rest of the world’s population. The story-line in Bloom is fast-paced and set over a period of three weeks, two weeks earlier and one week after and is told in multiple narratives focusing on the three teenagers. Bloom is not lacking in action and suspense and there were times I felt anxiety at what was happening: Soccer field and man-eating acid spewing plants is as much as I will say about this because I really don’t want to spoil the suspense for anyone but seriously, I could not help but think of Audrey in Little House of Horrors minus the ‘feed me, Seymour’ humor! The base science and botany mixed in with fiction made this a compelling read along with the extremely well written characters. Each main character had an interesting back history that helped me get to know them better without boring me. The ending left me wanting more and I am looking forward to the second in this series, I have no doubt it will be just as great as Bloom.Although Bloom is geared towards younger readers, I think Bloom is a book that anyone with an interest in science fiction or just a great story, will enjoy immensely. A big thank you to NetGalley, Random House Children, Knopf Books for Young Readers, and Kenneth Oppel for providing this copy of Bloom in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Nannette Demmler
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Random House Childrens via NetGalley for an honest review.This book will grab hold of you and wont let go, even after you are done with it. It is part science fiction, a little bit of horror, and whole lot of heart with wonderful characters and a terrifying life form taking over the world. I will never look at plants in quite the same way again.All three of our main characters are very well developed with backgrounds that kids will be able to relate to. Seth has been in foster ARC provided by Random House Children’s via NetGalley for an honest review.This book will grab hold of you and won’t let go, even after you are done with it. It is part science fiction, a little bit of horror, and whole lot of heart with wonderful characters and a terrifying life form taking over the world. I will never look at plants in quite the same way again.All three of our main characters are very well developed with backgrounds that kids will be able to relate to. Seth has been in foster care for a long time and has finally found a family he is comfortable with. Anaya is allergic to everything, and is struggling with accepting who she is. Petra is the popular girl who is allergic to water, that makes for some interesting issues. Anaya and Petra used to be best friends and have to come to terms with what happened and repair their friendship. As the threat of the plants starts to grow, these three find that they are the only ones immune to the pollen and other toxins it throws out. This brings them together in unexpected ways. This bond only becomes stronger as they get to know each other and the secret that they didn’t know they shared.I have to give a shout out to the parents and adults in this book. They were all super supportive and understanding of what the kids were going through. Even Seth’s foster parents were super cool, until things started to fall apart for them, but I was glad that Dr. Weber was there for him in the end. It is just nice to see good strong parental figures in a middle grade book.The plot is something else and is what really keeps you from putting this book down. I don’t want to give too much away, but man those plants are super creepy and scary. It might give a few kids nightmares, it certainly made me shudder a few times. I loved the subtle science talk around plants and botany. It made the story that much more interesting. Also the pace was so non-stop, that I occasionally just had to stop and take a breath. The setting was spectacular, you really got the feeling of what it is like to live on a small island where everyone knows one another. The ending was spectacular, and a heck of a cliff-hanger. But luckily the next one will be out in the fall.A riveting science fiction story that is fast paced, pulse quickening and hard to put down. But it still has a lot of heart and the characters are ones that you will enjoy and root for as they try to come to terms with what is happening.https://elnadesbookchat.com
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  • Haley (stuck.in.the.stacks)
    January 1, 1970
    We received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All opinions are our own and do not reflect the thoughts or beliefs of the publisher or author. Pitched as Hatchet meets alien, Bloom follows three children as their coastal Canadian town is over run with Venus-fly trap like plants. Anaya, Petra and Seth have spent their lives dealing with strange, inconvenient allergies. But now, when it matters most, they might be the only people who can save the world We received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All opinions are our own and do not reflect the thoughts or beliefs of the publisher or author. Pitched as Hatchet meets alien, Bloom follows three children as their coastal Canadian town is over run with Venus-fly trap like plants. Anaya, Petra and Seth have spent their lives dealing with strange, inconvenient allergies. But now, when it matters most, they might be the only people who can save the world from this invasion? Bloom is a sci-fi horror novel written for young readers. I was pleasantly surprised by this one having read Oppel’s other novel The Nest (which I highly recommend if you want something disturbing- not for those who hate bugs). I am happy to report that Bloom, the first in a trilogy, did not disappoint. I feel comfortable describing this beauty as Annihilation for twelve year oldsThe story follows three very different, but equally compelling characters. Through the eyes of these kids we are privy to a world that is slowly plunged into chaos following a rainstorm that resulted in the sprouting of unusual, hostile plants.I was actually surprised with how heavy the horror was in this book. Oppel isn’t afraid to get dark and disturbing. There are scenes that made me squirm as I read them, which is always the sign of a fantastic horror novel in my opinion. The suspense and tension were palpable as Anaya, Seth and Petra try to figure out what’s happening and how they can help.The pacing was quick and perfect for building suspense, a real page turner in the best way. Oppel writes a book about the environment and while the commentary is subtle it reminds the reader that, to the natural world, we are merely visitors in the broader cycle of its existence.Over all, I give it 5/5 unhesitating, gushing stars and would recommend it to anyone who loves books like The Ruins by Scott Smith and Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Wow I wasnt expecting that! This book is like one continuous adrenaline shot that doesnt stop until the last page. I was just going to read one chapter before bed but before I knew it I was halfway through the book. I always felt that Kenneth Oppels books evoked a sort of visceral fear and intensity. This book in particular creates an apocalyptic scenario that would be terrifying if it were real, not just because of the concept but because of the speed at which the situation escalates. The Wow I wasn’t expecting that! This book is like one continuous adrenaline shot that doesn’t stop until the last page. I was just going to read one chapter before bed but before I knew it I was halfway through the book. I always felt that Kenneth Oppel’s books evoked a sort of visceral fear and intensity. This book in particular creates an apocalyptic scenario that would be terrifying if it were real, not just because of the concept but because of the speed at which the situation escalates. The central plot takes place over only a few days and with every chapter the invasion grows into new and horrifying possibilities. I can guarantee that had I read this when I was in middle school it would have given me nightmares. It doesn’t shy away from violence and death.Since this book is very fast-paced and focused on action I do feel that the characterization suffered a bit. I still enjoyed the characters but there wasn’t a lot of development in each of their cases. It was a good starting point and I’m sure we’ll learn more about them in the sequels. One thing that was a bit bothersome was having both female characters being concerned with their looks. I understand that especially at this age many people are very self-conscious about their appearance, but it was a bit frustrating when several big character moments revolved around wanting to be pretty. It wasn’t their only character trait but I don’t know if it was the best decision to write both girls with the same fault. Nevertheless I was able to empathize with each of the protagonists and it was interesting to see how they reacted to new revelations about themselves.If you want a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat then I would definitely recommend picking this up, even if you're older than the target audience. The entire concept was captivating and it really keeps you guessing. Also, how dare you leave me with that cliff-hanger! It’s just not fair. Thanks to the Canadian Harper Collins team for this arc. Particularly I would like to thank the one member who said he wasn’t supposed to give out another copy but caved because I asked nicely. I really appreciate it!
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  • Tracy Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up to 4. I dont normally read middle grade books, but I was intrigued by the premise of this one and decided to check it out. BLOOM is an eco-thriller/horror book that is sure to entertain upper middle grade readers. I can definitely see younger readers picking this up at a book fair or the library based on cover and synopsis alone. For me, the book had a lot of extra details not necessarily overwritten, but times in which I just wanted things to GO instead of just adding more stuff 3.5 rounded up to 4. I don’t normally read middle grade books, but I was intrigued by the premise of this one and decided to check it out. BLOOM is an eco-thriller/horror book that is sure to entertain upper middle grade readers. I can definitely see younger readers picking this up at a book fair or the library based on cover and synopsis alone. For me, the book had a lot of “extra” details not necessarily overwritten, but times in which I just wanted things to GO instead of just adding more stuff that didn’t really add to the story, in my opinion. I’m definitely willing to chalk this up to “it’s me, not you” based on my lack of reading history in this age group. Take my comments there with a grain of salt. Check out Lilyn’s review on Sci Fi and Scary for a different perspective. I dug the alien/evil plant invaders (not a spoiler) and the three teens (tweens?) who find themselves in the middle of some crazy happenings. Add in the seclusion of the setting and the all-too-real way in which crazy becomes normalized, and this book moved at a quick pace at times and amped up the dread.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I won a copy of this book but it in no way alters my review.This was my first read from this author and I was presently surprised. It is a teen book, which I normally don't enjoy as much, but this one was an exception. It was well written and interesting. The characters were entertaining and the story wasn't caught up in teenage antics to become annoying.After an odd rain that occurs over most of the world, black plants start to quickly sprout up. Strange quickly turns to horrifying as these I won a copy of this book but it in no way alters my review.This was my first read from this author and I was presently surprised. It is a teen book, which I normally don't enjoy as much, but this one was an exception. It was well written and interesting. The characters were entertaining and the story wasn't caught up in teenage antics to become annoying.After an odd rain that occurs over most of the world, black plants start to quickly sprout up. Strange quickly turns to horrifying as these black plants seem impossible to kill and soon become deadly themselves. The story focuses on three teens, living on an island near Vancouver in Canada, that seem to be showing immunity to these new plants.A quick-paced read that kept me entertained and is also suitable for children 10+. A story of friendship and young heroes. Keep in mind it is part one of a trilogy so I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen next.
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  • Shella
    January 1, 1970
    I want to thank Netgalley and Random House for an advanced digital copy to review. I am ecstatic to be able to highly recommend the first book of this trilogy to my students. I know they will be clamoring to get their hands on this book. For sci-if lovers- this is a fast-paced plot that will keep the pages turning. All Sci-if plots need imagination and this book will not disappoint. Visualization is a key reading skill we focus on at my grade level and this book is perfect. Our trio of I want to thank Netgalley and Random House for an advanced digital copy to review. I am ecstatic to be able to highly recommend the first book of this trilogy to my students. I know they will be clamoring to get their hands on this book. For sci-if lovers- this is a fast-paced plot that will keep the pages turning. All Sci-if plots need imagination and this book will not disappoint. Visualization is a key reading skill we focus on at my grade level and this book is perfect. Our trio of protagonists are well developed, struggle with normal adolescent angst, and pull together for some incredible action scenes. I totally disagree with a few reviewers that say that the characters were not well developed and easy to connect to. I think Oppel is a masterful storyteller (wish he was eligible for Newbery nods) and looking forward to this trilogy catching fire with my students like Hunger Games and Neal Shusterman's Unwind series.
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  • Opal
    January 1, 1970
    I acquired an ARC of this book from work (one of the managers gets tons of them), so I don't know how it will compare to the "finished" book. However, I did really enjoy this story. The characters were interesting, though I personally feel they could have been developed a little better. Maybe they'll get more development in later books? However, I appreciated the involvement of the parents. These guys are all just teens, after all. The only character that didn't sit well with me was the General I acquired an ARC of this book from work (one of the managers gets tons of them), so I don't know how it will compare to the "finished" book. However, I did really enjoy this story. The characters were interesting, though I personally feel they could have been developed a little better. Maybe they'll get more development in later books? However, I appreciated the involvement of the parents. These guys are all just teens, after all. The only character that didn't sit well with me was the General in charge of the retaliation/defense. Like, did he really need to be so gun-happy? The enemy is plants. Bullets really are no use here. It just felt a bit odd, like he was forced in for a bonus semi-antagonist.The plot was what really hooked me--what the heck are these plants and how can they be stopped? I'm a sucker for murderous plants (Audrey II anyone?), and these guys come in multiple, terrifying varieties. I loved finding out about the different types and how each one acquired its prey and the different environments they lived in. Heck, I think I'd be happy reading a book just about their biology/ecology. The trap plants are my favorite because really, what an awful way to die, getting digested alive in a giant leafy stomach!Outside the plants, the mystery of why the kids were immune was also fun to watch unfold, though I think there will be clearer answers in the next few books, since this is planned to be a trilogy and you can't have ALL the mystery solved at once.All in all, this was a quick and fun read. It has the feeling of an old school B-movie horror, with killer plants hell-bent on consuming humans. I would definitely recommend it, particularly if you like villainous plants.
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  • Michelle Kadarusman
    January 1, 1970
    A thrilling and emotionally charged read from start to finish with a fascinating sci-fi premise that, literally, creeps up and lures you in. I really enjoyed the suspense and science, but what I truly loved was experiencing the interior lives of the teens at the centre of the story. Oppel excels at inhabiting the vulnerabilities and insecurities of his middle grade characters. I was especially moved by Seth's heart-wrenching desire to belong. His voice struck a poignant combination of A thrilling and emotionally charged read from start to finish with a fascinating sci-fi premise that, literally, creeps up and lures you in. I really enjoyed the suspense and science, but what I truly loved was experiencing the interior lives of the teens at the centre of the story. Oppel excels at inhabiting the vulnerabilities and insecurities of his middle grade characters. I was especially moved by Seth's heart-wrenching desire to belong. His voice struck a poignant combination of resignation tinged with hope to find his forever family. I deeply appreciated that a foster child was not presented in the usual jaded, tough-kid persona. The description of Anaya's and Petra's friendship betrayal and breakdown felt equally raw and realistic. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this trilogy to be reunited with these very memorable characters.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Bloom follows the story of three teens as their small town -- and then the entire earth -- is overrun by a mysterious, aggressively spreading plant. Strange things start to happen as the plants continue to grow, but Anaya, Petra, and Seth don't seem to be negatively affected the way everyone else is. As they investigate, they find out more about how they relate to the strange plants and race to find a way to curb the invasion.Although this is technically categorized as a middle grade book, the Bloom follows the story of three teens as their small town -- and then the entire earth -- is overrun by a mysterious, aggressively spreading plant. Strange things start to happen as the plants continue to grow, but Anaya, Petra, and Seth don't seem to be negatively affected the way everyone else is. As they investigate, they find out more about how they relate to the strange plants and race to find a way to curb the invasion.Although this is technically categorized as a middle grade book, the story was well-developed, and I think it would appeal to adult readers as well, particularly those who enjoy science fiction. The book's plot is very well-paced, and just the right amount of suspense is applied throughout the novel. While the book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, it is a fascinating set-up for a follow-up novel. I really enjoyed Bloom and can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the Harper Collins and author Kenneth Oppel for providing an ARC copy of Bloom to our #BookPortage group. Bloom is now available for purchase.Bloom is the first in a new trilogy by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. Three special teens find themselves in the middle of a global invasion that they seem to have the power to change. What is special about Anaya, Petra, and Seth and can these three teens work together to save their community of Salt Spring Island and the world from being Thank you to the Harper Collins and author Kenneth Oppel for providing an ARC copy of Bloom to our #BookPortage group. Bloom is now available for purchase.Bloom is the first in a new trilogy by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. Three special teens find themselves in the middle of a global invasion that they seem to have the power to change. What is special about Anaya, Petra, and Seth and can these three teens work together to save their community of Salt Spring Island and the world from being invaded by aggressive and deadly plants like nobody has ever seen. This artful mix of sci-fi and action will be sure to hook young readers! I recommend Bloom (and the rest of the series) for libraries serving students in grades 4-7.Watch for Hatch (Fall 2020) and Thrive (Summer 2021) to complete the series.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    I love everything Kenneth Oppel and have been a fan for years. I really appreciate the Canadian location (as a Canadian) and can easily envision a lot of the places Ive been. The one thing that was jarring about this book is the strange way people were often described as who looked like Brock from that ranch show she liked but would never admit or who had a haircut like Jessica from that one show about the beach Like... what? Are these Canadian shows readers are supposed to know what hes talking I love everything Kenneth Oppel and have been a fan for years. I really appreciate the Canadian location (as a Canadian) and can easily envision a lot of the places I’ve been. The one thing that was jarring about this book is the strange way people were often described as “who looked like Brock from that ranch show she liked but would never admit” or “who had a haircut like Jessica from that one show about the beach” Like... what? Are these Canadian shows readers are supposed to know what he’s talking about? I had NO idea of any of the weird references and it took me out of the story and annoyed me.I also feel gypped that this book already has 2 sequels planned, and The Boundless and Every Hidden Thing were standalone and those two would have been incredible if they were longer.
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  • Kaitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a fast read, I couldn't put the book down! There was almost non-stop action and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I was drawn into the story right away from the first few pages. The premise was what drew me to the book initially, killer vines that erupt after a rainfall. The book takes place on a small island in British Colombia, and follows three teenagers as navigate these treacherous plants. I can't wait until the other books from this trilogy come out, I just need to This book was a fast read, I couldn't put the book down! There was almost non-stop action and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I was drawn into the story right away from the first few pages. The premise was what drew me to the book initially, killer vines that erupt after a rainfall. The book takes place on a small island in British Colombia, and follows three teenagers as navigate these treacherous plants. I can't wait until the other books from this trilogy come out, I just need to know what happens next! I grew up reading books by Kenneth Oppel, the first book I read was Airborn and I fell immediately in love with his writing style from a young age. Reading this book brought me back to my childhood where I read until I was done the novel.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsThe premise of this sounded amazing! I dont know why in the beginning it really gave me a Lord of the Flies vibe with the secluded island and vegetation. However, as the story began to deviate more from the main plot line it kind of lost me. It got a little too far fetched and what interested me the most, the crazy growing killer vines became less of the antagonist! However, the ending did make me a little happier with the story... Im a sucker for a cliffhanger! I would recommend it to 2.5 starsThe premise of this sounded amazing! I don’t know why in the beginning it really gave me a Lord of the Flies vibe with the secluded island and vegetation. However, as the story began to deviate more from the main plot line it kind of lost me. It got a little too far fetched and what interested me the most, the crazy growing killer vines became less of the antagonist! However, the ending did make me a little happier with the story... Im a sucker for a cliffhanger! I would recommend it to someone looking for a very specific type of book but most likely wouldn’t recommend for anyone over the age of 12. I could potentially pick up the sequel, we shall see!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Read an e-arc from NetGalley.A huge storm sends rain and seeds. Petra, Anaya, and Seth are 3 kids who seem to be impervious to the effects of the plants, and, in fact, they each show some new aspects of their own. But the plants seem to be highly invasive all over the world, and an herbicide is needed to kill them.It seemed like each time the kids seem to get ahead, they end up two steps back. Including the last sentence. It would be interesting to see the plot development of the kids, and what Read an e-arc from NetGalley.A huge storm sends rain and seeds. Petra, Anaya, and Seth are 3 kids who seem to be impervious to the effects of the plants, and, in fact, they each show some new aspects of their own. But the plants seem to be highly invasive all over the world, and an herbicide is needed to kill them.It seemed like each time the kids seem to get ahead, they end up two steps back. Including the last sentence. It would be interesting to see the plot development of the kids, and what replaces the plants in the second and third book. I liked the interaction of the kids and parents, and began dreading the plants.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Oppel knocks it out of the park with this one. This is the Canadian Micheal Crichton, Little Shop of Horrors, Animorphs combo for middle grade that I didnt know I needed in my life, but I certainly did need it! Perfect for reluctant readers because the characters are awesome and the action is non-stop! Its got a very movie-like quality to it that will have kids itching for the second and third instalments ASAP! I received an arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Oppel knocks it out of the park with this one. This is the Canadian Micheal Crichton, Little Shop of Horrors, Animorphs combo for middle grade that I didn’t know I needed in my life, but I certainly did need it! Perfect for reluctant readers because the characters are awesome and the action is non-stop! It’s got a very movie-like quality to it that will have kids itching for the second and third instalments ASAP! #indigoemployee
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  • Libby
    January 1, 1970
    Where to even start? I normally don't like horror, but I couldn't put down this story with its deadly plant invasion. There is death and violence, but Oppel writes in a way that is appropriate for middle grade readers (or squeamish adults like me). And it was surreal to read during the Covid-19 crisis - descriptions of hoarding, of rumors and fear, of a worldwide panic, all seem to come straight from the daily news. Thankfully the publisher is speeding up publication of the next in the trilogy Where to even start? I normally don't like horror, but I couldn't put down this story with its deadly plant invasion. There is death and violence, but Oppel writes in a way that is appropriate for middle grade readers (or squeamish adults like me). And it was surreal to read during the Covid-19 crisis - descriptions of hoarding, of rumors and fear, of a worldwide panic, all seem to come straight from the daily news. Thankfully the publisher is speeding up publication of the next in the trilogy which is scheduled for September 2020. I can't wait. Highly recommended for ages 10 and up.
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  • Patti Sabik
    January 1, 1970
    Creepy, compelling, thought provoking fun made me finish reading this book in one sitting and eagerly want the sequel. It has just the right balance of character development (so you care about what happens to them) and nonstop action (so the pages keep turning). The pacing was very well done. Im eager to see if the sequel picks up where this one leaves off or follows the others that are mentioned to build up to a third. I enjoyed the blend of sci-fi, fantasy, with a touch of the super hero Creepy, compelling, thought provoking fun made me finish reading this book in one sitting and eagerly want the sequel. It has just the right balance of character development (so you care about what happens to them) and nonstop action (so the pages keep turning). The pacing was very well done. I’m eager to see if the sequel picks up where this one leaves off or follows the “others” that are mentioned to build up to a third. I enjoyed the blend of sci-fi, fantasy, with a touch of the super hero thrown in.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC during a library conference last month. I only read it to see if it was appropriate for our middle school library. It's not a book I would have picked up on my own but I am so glad I did. Strange plants pop up overnight and they are almost impossible to cut down. People are also allergic to the plants, except three teenagers. Is this bioterrorism, aliens, or just a very aggressive invasive species? This book is action packed and I hope I will be able to acquire an ARC for the I received an ARC during a library conference last month. I only read it to see if it was appropriate for our middle school library. It's not a book I would have picked up on my own but I am so glad I did. Strange plants pop up overnight and they are almost impossible to cut down. People are also allergic to the plants, except three teenagers. Is this bioterrorism, aliens, or just a very aggressive invasive species? This book is action packed and I hope I will be able to acquire an ARC for the next installment.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    Bloom is a great start to a what will be a trilogy. Even though this was a middle grade book I enjoyed it. The characters are ones that you can relate and connect with. The story started off a little slow but once the plot was established it picked up the pace. It is a good suspenseful Sci-fi novel that at times seems creepy like a horror story. Oppel hit a homerun with this book. I can't wait for the next one in this series.I gave this book 3.5 stars.The Mary Reader received this book from the Bloom is a great start to a what will be a trilogy. Even though this was a middle grade book I enjoyed it. The characters are ones that you can relate and connect with. The story started off a little slow but once the plot was established it picked up the pace. It is a good suspenseful Sci-fi novel that at times seems creepy like a horror story. Oppel hit a homerun with this book. I can't wait for the next one in this series.I gave this book 3.5 stars.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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