Seeds for the Swarm by Sim Kern

Seeds for the Swarm

Sim Kern

440 pages first pub 2023 (editions)

fiction lgbtqia+ science fiction young adult adventurous hopeful inspiring medium-paced


Rylla McCracken dreams of escaping her family's trailer in the Dust States to go to college, but on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, her mother demands she drop out of school to work for Lockburn chemical refinery instead. When Rylla learns Loc...

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Community Reviews Summary of 28 reviews


adventurous 90%
reflective 45%
emotional 36%
inspiring 36%
challenging 27%
hopeful 27%
informative 27%
tense 27%
dark 18%
funny 18%
mysterious 9%


medium 63%
fast 27%
slow 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Plot: 50%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 55% | It's complicated: 44%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 62% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 12%

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