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The Seed Gatherers

The Seed Gatherers

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Inge Meldgaard

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  • Publisher: Inge Meldgaard
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 21mm | 562g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0646911686
  • ISBN 13: 9780646911687
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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In the year 2457, in the Dandenong Ranges, on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, a crime is committed by two young Norwegians that affects the entire community. If caught, Yngwie and his friend Torleif, who are expert communication systems hackers, must answer to the Federation Special Investigation Unit. Others use the event as inspiration, plunging the forests and its people into chaos. The lives of scientists, forest guardians and seed gatherers are placed at risk, as are their cats - remarkable creatures bred in special centres and able to influence human emotions. Meanwhile, a new and intriguing forest inhabitant is discovered and those who know of its existence must decide whether to reveal its secret. In this third book of the series, that began with 'The Cicada', followed by 'A Death In The Making', the story gradually links back to earlier, unresolved questions and continues to explore the relationship between the main characters and their feline companions.

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By Henri Licht 11 Apr 2014 5

The last of Inge Meldgaard's trilogy is the last but warmest, literally and figuratively, of the three books. The author takes the local setting of The Dandenongs – a beautiful chain of hills and valleys on the outer eastern side of Melbourne – to indicate the need for careful use of computer knowledge. The hubris of a number of key characters are demonstrated and results in conflagration and suffering for innocent people and fauna.
Meldgaard has made this novel more romantic and passionate. The ingenious cats are utilized to the fullest in helping their partners caught in sticky situations. The introduction of adolescent bullying is as relevant in the future as it is today. Science and moral evolution do progress but human nature remains susceptible to corruption and nastiness. All the innovations of the earlier novels remain but the emotional dynamics of her main characters are given more latitude and emphasis. The tone and rhythm of this enchanting thriller remain optimistic and engaging. Meldgaard continues her clever ploys and always keeps the reader guessing. The recurring themes of environmental conservation, scientific rigour and the need for constant vigilance to keep our planet safe and harmonious are placed in a new context of overweening pride or arrogance and wonderfully explored. An imaginative and satisfying read. Not to be read without reading the prequels first and suitable for all readers from age fifteen upwards.
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