• What We Harvest

  • By: Ann Fraistat
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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What We Harvest

By: Ann Fraistat
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Wilder Girls comes a nightmarish debut guaranteed to keep you up through the night, about an idyllic small town poisoned by its past, and one girl who must fight the strange disease that's slowly claiming everyone she loves.

Wren owes everything she has to her hometown, Hollow’s End, a centuries-old picture-perfect slice of America. Tourists travel miles to marvel at its miracle crops, including the shimmering, iridescent wheat of Wren’s family’s farm. At least, they did. Until five months ago.

That’s when the Quicksilver blight first surfaced, poisoning the farms of Hollow’s End one by one. It began by consuming the crops, thick silver sludge bleeding from the earth. Next were the animals. Infected livestock and wild creatures staggered off into the woods by day - only to return at night, their eyes fogged white, leering from the trees.

Then the blight came for the neighbors.

Wren is among the last locals standing, and the blight has finally come for her, too. Now the only one she can turn to is her ex, Derek, the last person she wants to call. They haven’t spoken in months, but Wren and Derek still have one thing in common: Hollow’s End means everything to them. Only, there’s much they don’t know about their hometown and its celebrated miracle crops. And they’re about to discover that miracles aren’t free.

Their ancestors have an awful lot to pay for, and Wren and Derek are the only ones left to settle old debts.

©2022 Ann Fraistat (P)2022 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Intense, gripping, and deeply haunting."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Clever, grotesque, and oozing with atmosphere, What We Harvest is a delightful, page-turning debut. Fraistat masterfully blends horror, fantasy, and science into a tale brimming with slow-creeping dread and explosive, long-buried secrets. I devoured it in one sitting."—Allison Saft, author of Down Comes the Night 

"Eerie and beautiful, What We Harvest is a novel that will sink into your roots before it devours you whole. Fraistat's prose is both lyrical and haunting, and she crafts a story that breaks your heart and heals it in equal turns. Horrifying but ultimately hopeful, this novel will be horror readers' next obsession."—Courtney Gould, author of The Dead and the Dark 

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The concept of the story was good. but it wasn't the type of story I couldn't put down.

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Good debut

Interesting story and good debut in YA literary field. Lauren was excellent with multiple voices as always. She's truly a voice talent.
This is excellent novel for those who enjoy romance and love tangled together with suspense and horror, wrapped in magick and alchemy coat with they lived happily ever after ending. The story is told from heroine's perspective, therefore her internal struggles and emotional world is portrayed very vividly. Atleast for me they felt a bit redundant, but possibly other readers be able to enjoy them. Story also has side characters from LGBT community - teen female couple.
I enjoyed the story and be waiting for the author's next works.