Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Blood Tithe by Glenn Soucy.
About the Book: In the damp, dark forest of northern Maine, a secret that was buried for decades becomes exposed. Jeremy was five years old and playing in the thick forest, when he fell into a forgotten tunnel. The old passage was left over from WWII; when the USA was trying to create the Master Race with DNA alterations. The chemicals were still there, mixing with flood waters, and only becoming stronger.
Jeremy is rescued from the tunnel, and spends the summer in the hospital recovering. But soon realizes that he can sense heartbeats from a distance, feel sap moving in trees. Best of all, he can gather energy from every living thing, which gives him unnatural and sometime uncontrollable powers.
His mother and sister are frightened by this as he struggles for their affection. Soon the CIA hears of the news and starts asking questions, as do mysterious people who are still alive from the original experiments. Jeremy doesn’t know who to trust.
My Review: This was an interesting read as I really didn’t know what to expect, nor make out about whom or what the main character, Jeremy, had become. While the piqued my interest enough to keep reading, I was pleasantly surprised by how young Jeremy was written.
The author did a fantastic job of catching the mindset and adventurous/never-say-die personality of most young boys (I was no different. Lol). I found myself smiling at some of his mannerisms and phrases toward his sister or being told not to do something. I feel I have to point out I outright LOVED his interaction with his sister. It was both heartbreaking and pleasant.
I do have to admit I was hoping for more of an interaction with the Howler. While his and Jeremy’s stories were interwoven in an interesting and thoughtful way, I really wanted to see the two together more. I would say more, but I fear that’ll give away spoilers.
The lone complaint I have is the book ended with an obvious hook, but that’s to be expected with a series, so I’ll just have to grab the rest of the books to answer my questions.
Overall, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from this author.