TITLE: Sowing (The Purification Era, #1)
AUTHOR: Angie Grigaliunas
SOWING. One word that paints a thousand words just like a brush stroke. Just like other words of the novel; Hulcondans, rebels, lies, trust, freedom, friend, enemy, strength, weakness, good, evil, pain, suffering, love. Each of those words could mean one thing but could easily also mean a dozen other in SOWING. It all depends on the context and this is something that author Angie Grigaliunas does in such a way that leaves you wondering what will happen next and then next after that and so on until you get to the end and you’re left wanting more. You’re left wondering where book 2 is, which as of now, is not out. That is what leaves you suddenly and completely floored because now you don’t know what happens next. Now you don’t have the answer to your questions.
So many things can be said about SOWING but for me, the main dilemma is which character do I begin with? Do I start with the main female characters, Ari and Rab? Or with the main male character, Mas? Like I said – a dilemma and one of epic proportions. Funny thing is, you wouldn’t think so. You’d think it would be all about the plot and less about character development. However, this is a second read for me and everything has changed including my review this time around.
I read this a second time looking at all of the characters with a new set of eyes. I saw Ari, not as the fragile, naive little girl as before but as someone who was finding her own path, one that was progressing at her own pace including gaining strength at a quiet pace.
I saw Rab, not as a snarky and sometimes bitchy older sister who fought hard but often didn’t know when to keep her mouth shut, but instead as someone who was fighting for something bigger than herself. Something that was truly dangerous, that could end her life but that she believed in entirely. I saw her as the woman she was; a strong survivor.
Last, my favorite male character; Mas. The first read I had a mixed view of him. Like many men before him, I had a love/hate relationship with him. It wasn’t that I loved to hate him but rather I was never certain I could trust him to be a good character. The second time around, there were still times I wasn’t 100% sure but hey, this is Mas we’re talking about! I did, however, come to realize he might have deeper and valid reasons for the things he did that might make up for the things we might see as cruel and hateful or even unforgivable.
Then there were the girls Ari and Rab. I think his relationship with Rab was complicated from the start. Much happened off screen we didn’t and still don’t know anything about. As for Ari, I believe we saw something beautiful, even close to ‘human’ in him and between them which lead me to believe there is something special inside Mas, some part of him that’s not hard, that can lead him to be so much more than just a ‘company man’ and I can’t wait to see that to come to fruition.
Just like my first review, I recommend this to anyone and everyone. I’d recommend this just so you can read it and decide what your opinions are on the characters and plot.