Title: The Harvest
Author: Clint Morey
Publication: (2013)/Amazon Kindle
Summary: In a future where mutants are bred for their body parts, Steph Martin is a defect. Not up to transplant standards, she's been assigned the job of preparing other mutants for their glorious gift of life to the humans. Cody Rodgers is the local town's Deputy Sheriff and has little love for mutants. When disaster strikes at The Facility Steph and Cody must learn to work together.
What I Think
A similar premise to Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Morey's 'mutants' in his sci-fi thriller, The Harvest, are bred to provide organs for humans. In the 2005 book, recently filmed starring Keira Knightley, the clones donate organs one or two at a time, whereas in The Harvest the 'mutants' donate everything at once and subsequently die immediately. This allows for a very dramatic opening chapter in which Steph (mutant 3-8-4) has to counsel a young boy through this procedure. It's a good introduction to her, the book, and certainly made me want to read more.
There is a strong moral code behind the story and touchy issues are raised throughout, giving the reader things to think about. The Harvest, like all good thrillers, has a strong plot as well as rounded characters. It's pacy, intriguing and interesting and has you guessing to the end what the outcome will be. An enjoyable read.
About the Author
Clint Morey was born and raised in L.A. and now he and his wife live in Montana, where they raised their family. For most of his career he was a classroom teacher and has been a full-time writer for the last eight years. He writes screenplays, novels, short stories, and the occasional non-fiction book. He can even be found telling stories to groups willing to listen to him talk.