What We Harvest by: Ann Fraistat

This was a great read. What We Harvest asks what is the cost of a miracle?

It turns out to be very high, and when people get greedy, miracles are easily tainted and warped into curses.

Hollow’s End is a small town that is suffering from a blight. It’s closed off from everywhere else thanks to a checkpoint and medical station that closes off the bridge out of town.

We’re thrown into the story when the blight has ravaged the town and there are very few people left uninfected. Wren, the daughter of famers at Rainbow Fields, named after the rainbow wheat that grows.

Derek, her ex, lives on a farm that grows ghost melons. They glow in the dark, taste amazing and have glittering flecks in them. There are four farms and all of them have some miracle crop whether it’s food or animals.

The Quicksilver blight has a chokehold on the town and it’s actually pretty scary. There’s a claustrophobic feeling to the town because there are so few people and the threat is huge.

There’s a curfew in place. No one goes outside after eight pm when it’s dark Why? The blighted come out of the woods where they hide all day doing no one knows what.

The blighted are essentially zombies and I thought I couldn’t be afraid of zombies anymore. I was wrong. There’s just something about the way Ann Fraistat describes them that makes my skin crawl a little.

Or a lot.

Look there’s a decaying zombie dog who keeps coming home every night and sleeping on the porch and if that doesn’t just get you then I don’t know what will. She’s such a good girl.

Wren ends up calling Derek in the beginning after they haven’t spoken for months. They dated but something caused them to break up. He’s the last person she wants to call but her parents aren’t home and she needs his help.

They end up staying together the rest of the book, separation isn’t really an option for them. Derek won’t allow it. He still loves her and we find out why they broke up and it’s a painful thing to read. These two are meant to be together, it’s actually sweet to see their memories throughout the book from Wren’s point of view. Ann Fraistat is a skilled writer, I loved these characters.

Derek is half hispanic and his older sister Claudette, is a lesbian. Her partner lives in Hollow’s end after coming for a visit then being unable to leave due to the quarantine.

This was a book I couldn’t guess the ending to. It was dark, sad, and there’s a lot of body horror in it. It made me cringe and I loved it. We get zombies and alchemy and some really well written characters. It was fantastic.

I would absolutely recommend this book to people. For me, it gets five (stars). It did feel like it wrapped up a little cleanly at the end but the characters had been through so much, I didn’t care. I wanted good for them.

This was a book I really enjoyed reading and reviewing. I really want other people to get their hands on it. If you liked Wilder Girls then you’ll like this one. Powerful writing, great characters, body horror. It’s fantastic.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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