Bloom: The Overthrow, Book 1

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Killer plants take over the Earth in gripping series start.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 12+

great for struggling readers in middle school or up

I read this book to see if it would be appropriate for a book club for my 5th grade class. This was an exciting science fiction story. High engagement with an easy readability level (would be great for reluctant readers in Middle School.) Personally, I felt like the amount of violence wasn't worth the story; if the story had been stronger, the violent deaths would have been ok. I think the reason the deaths felt too violent was that they all happened RIGHT in front of the narrating characters. Friends and family were strangled or "drugged" with toxins at least five times during this story. There were a number of close calls, where people survived as well. My other issue with this book is that the ending doesn't wrap up this particular story; you need to get book two to see what happens. If you have a reluctant middle school reader who likes the idea of an "edgy" book, and struggles a bit with reading, this might be the one to hook them with.

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