Bloom – Kenneth Oppel


 Bloom – Kenneth Oppel, Alfred A. Knopf; (9781524773007), 2020

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: science fiction

What did you like about the book? Anaya, Petra, and Seth live in a remote part of Canada. Anaya suffers from horrible allergies that cause her skin to break out and make it hard for her to breathe. Petra has a rare water allergy. Seth is a foster kid with strange scars on his arms. The three seemingly have nothing in common, but when an invasive fast-growing plant species begins taking over the Earth, it appears they do. They are the only three who are immune to the dangerous plant and its poisonous pollen. Not only are they immune, but they seem to thrive in the presence of the plant. Anaya’s acne clears up, Petra is able to wash herself with water that has the plant’s seeds in it and Seth’s wings grow back. That’s right: wings. It turns out that Anaya, Petra, and Seth are not entirely human and they may be from the same place as the alien plant that’s trying to take over Earth. As the plant destroys people and the home they’ve always known, the three new friends must work together to uncover the secrets of their background. The invasion has begun.

This series starter grabbed my attention and never let go. I dare readers to try and read it in less than 48 hours; it’s that good. After some brief character development, the action never lets up from the minute the plants enter the story. Hand this one to kids who like their science fiction with a strong dose of mystery and fear. 

To whom would you recommend this book?  It’s a great readalike for students who enjoyed the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson or Masterminds by Gordon Korman.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No! It’s such an engaging book and sure to be a HUGE hit. I’m adding it to our summer reading option list for 2021.

Who should buy this book? Recommended for all middle and high school libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Science fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date reviewed: April 14, 2020

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