The Growing Season

The Growing Season Now anyone can have a baby With FullLife s safe and affordable healthcare plan why risk a natural birth Without the pouch Eva might not have been born And yet she has sacrificed her career and mayb

  • Title: The Growing Season
  • Author: Helen Sedgwick
  • ISBN: 9781473548756
  • Page: 316
  • Format: ebook
  • Now anyone can have a baby With FullLife s safe and affordable healthcare plan, why risk a natural birth Without the pouch, Eva might not have been born And yet she has sacrificed her career, and maybe even her relationship, campaigning against FullLife s biotech baby pouches Despite her efforts, everyone prefers a world where women are liberated from danger and constraNow anyone can have a baby With FullLife s safe and affordable healthcare plan, why risk a natural birth Without the pouch, Eva might not have been born And yet she has sacrificed her career, and maybe even her relationship, campaigning against FullLife s biotech baby pouches Despite her efforts, everyone prefers a world where women are liberated from danger and constraint and all can share the joy of childbearing Perhaps FullLife has helped transform society for the better But just as Eva decides to accept this, she discovers that something strange is happening at FullLife.Piotr hasn t seen Eva in years Not since their life together dissolved in tragedy But Piotr s a journalist who has also uncovered something sinister about FullLife What drove him and Eva apart may just bring them back together, as they search for the truth behind FullLife s closed doors, and face a truth of their own.A beautiful story about family, loss and what our future might hold, The Growing Season is an original and powerful novel by a rising talent.

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    1. ‘’But there’s more than right or wrong, don’t you think? Life is no so neat as that.’’Helen Sedgwick has been on my radar for quite some time as her novel ‘’The Comet Seekers’’ has been waiting in my TBR with much patience, begging me to start reading. After deciding to ‘’meet’’ Sedgwick through ‘’ The Growing Season’’, I can only say that I’ve postponed it for too long. Without further ado, her new book is one of the most intriguing, fascinating, exciting S [...]

    2. The Growing Season is the second book I read by this wonderful but not so well know author. I loved them both and it is safe to say that I will try everything Helen Sedgwick decides to write. In case you are wondering what her first book is about, you can read my review here: The Comet Seekers The Growing season is a psychological drama disguised as a mystery novel. In an alternative past (in the 60’ probably), an external pouch that can replace the woman’s womb is invented. Due to the disco [...]

    3. ***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and Vintage Digital in exchange for an honest review.A psychological drama about parenthood and its implication, about different ways of pregnancy and how they impact our society. Most of the story is centered around the pouch, a new means of carring a baby, an artificial, external womb, non-dependent of genre. Heterosexual couples, gay couples, infertile persons, older persons, people with different genetic problems who couldn’t otherewise birth [...]

    4. I don't think there's a book by Helen I could hate. Maybe if she wrote it backwards with her left foot, while riding on a gray mare, also backwards over muddy marshes? Yet, still. I think I'd love it too. There's just something about Helen's style and topics that always appeals to me. When one of my friends told me this was up on NetGalley, I did a happy dance, clapped my hands and off I went right away to request it. Although I had doubts that maybe this topic matter is not for me – I have m [...]

    5. For my full review: girlwithherheadinabook/Imagine a world where anyone can conceive a child.  Anyone.  In The Growing Season, Helen Sedgwick's follow-up novel to her acclaimed The Comet Seekers, we are transported to alternative reality, one that closely resembles our own except for one crucial detail.  At some point in around the 1970s, science was able to create an artificial womb known as 'the pouch'.  Flashing forward fifty years, natural birth is outdated, the pouch accepted and ubiq [...]

    6. A concept that you can't help but want to know more about - men and women can now share the responsibility, the joys, of looking after a baby in the womb, via a pouch that can be worn by either for nine months. This simple concept brings us into contact with several characters - the first woman to bear a child via the pouch - Holly, and her granddaughter Rosie, about to give birth to a son herself, the third generation in the family to do so. Other characters involved in FullLife come to the for [...]

    7. The Growing Season is a book that looks at motherhood from every feminist perspective. With the advent of the pouch, a way of growing babies outside of a female body, heterosexual couples can share the load of pregnancy, reaching for true equality. Gay couples and infertile women can also experience pregnancy in a way they never could have before. With your male partner sharing the pregnancy, women are no longer seen as a burden, a risk. But there's a darker side to this equality. With the pregn [...]

    8. What a thought provoking read. FullLife's baby pouches enable parenting to be totally equal - either partner can carry the pouch, and a safe gentle birth is guaranteed. Or is it? Holly Bhattacharyya is the first woman to choose the pouch over natural birth, and it's now the turn of her granddaughter Rosie to do the same. Since the launch of the pouches there has been a small undercurrent of protest and investigation, and again this continues through the generations with Eva and Piotr picking up [...]

    9. Picking up points from Brave New World (incubation centres) and The Handmaid's Tale (maternity, fertility), this is a high-concept novel that raises some important points for debate. The scenario is that a private for-profit company has invented an artificial womb which exists outside of the body, and has taken over all NHS pregnancy contracts. It's sold as the end of female inequality due to physiology and opens up the possibilities of men experiencing 'pregnancy' as well as women: the 'womb', [...]

    10. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It's rare that I find a book as thought provoking as this. I found it opened a lot of questions regarding so many sociological questions, and had me really examine my opinions. On reading the blurb for this, I thought it was going to be a easy dystopian type read, but I couldn't have been more wrong or surprised, but I'm so glad I was. The Growing Season is set in a sort-of-near future reality whereby the invention of 'the pouch' h [...]

    11. A beautiful, thought provoking book.  Exquisitely layered with hope, sadness, heart-break, love, family, science-fiction and dystopia.  Set in the near future where a  bio-tech baby pouch has been invented and is owned by a private-for profit FullLife Company who have exclusive rights to the pouches. This pouch is marketed to allow anyone to experience pregnancy and as an end to female equality issues.   A journalist discovers that there are problems with some of the babies being born from t [...]

    12. Warm, thoughtful and kind. It presents some big issues but brings a human side to give them meaning. The Growing Season is set in an alternate version of our world, differing from ours only in the invention of the biotech baby pouch two generations ago. The pouch is an artificial womb that allows babies to be incubated outside of the human body. FullLife own the patent for the pouch and have marketed it so successfully as an end to inequality and the dangers of childbirth that natural births are [...]

    13. probably 7 or 8 stars, easily this is the BEST science fiction book i have read that deals with the realities of advanced childbirth technology and how it intersects and undermines and compounds socio-cultural norms, simple human frailty, and techno-morality issues so many questions are posed, and all of them are just either left there for the reader to dissect and analyze and discuss in their own head, OR if they are argued back and forth in the novel, they are handle so evenly and judiciously [...]

    14. I was sent a review copy of this book from the author and it's a book that I knew was slightly out of my comfort zone, but had a feeling I'd enjoy. I was not disappointed. Helen Sedgwick backs up what could have been in other hands a simple black and white scientific discussion. Until you involve people who have real issues, feelings and emotions. The characters all have their reasons for believing their standpoint at the beginning. At the end some views are changed and others are softened or ju [...]

    15. What a strangely captivating book this was. The plot surrounds a technology that has allowed anyone to gestate a baby using a synthetic pouch which is capable of getting nutrients to the baby and replaces the need for an actual womb. The techno,off proves to be amazing for some but there have always been protestors who think using the pouch is wrong. When problems begin occurring with babies born from the pouch a mixed group of characters must work to figure out why this is happening. Have they [...]

    16. I’m not altogether sure what to think of this book. I went into it expecting a kind of dystopian thriller, and what I got instead was a detailed, nuanced portrayal of the way in which society perceives motherhood, childbirth, and how we as humans deal with separation, loss and love.Heavy stuff.So I picked it up with some trepidation. But I needn’t have worried. Helen Sedgwick is the author of the fantastic Comet Seekers, and she brings that same deft touch to The Growing Season, plunging us [...]

    17. I have tried this book so many times since I downloaded it from NetGalley but just haven't been able to get into it. I've tried and tried but I think I just don't get on with the writing style. I haven't DNFed a book in so long but I just have to because I don't think this book and I get on. It's such a shame because it sounds like an amazing premise and it's right up my street but it just doesn't grab me for some reason.

    18. A really interesting book that had me gripped from the start. Imagine a future where both men and women can 'have' children Well in this future they can, by the way of the 'pouch' which enables a baby to grow outside of the womb in a bag that either parents can wear meaning that a family is accessible to most people ( Not sure how this fully works as it isn't explained!). But suddenly there are complications and deaths and the 'FullLife' company who have invented the pouch have started to cover [...]

    19. Between the Lines blogger Victoria was sent a copy of The Growing Season in exchange for a fair review. This review contains spoilers!We do not live in an equal society. The Pouch was designed to change that. Invented by a missing female scientist and sold by a female-led company (who operate out of a glass building- I see whatcha did there!), the Pouch is a literal out-of-body experience. Embryos (conceived 'traditionally' or via IVF) are transferred to the Pouch after a few weeks, where they c [...]

    20. Immersive and thought-provoking, The Growing Season is markedly different to Sedgwick's debut novel. It is just as accomplished and well written, however, and despite the elements of science fiction and futurism, it remains potently human.

    21. I purchased The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick from Waterstones Aviemore after I read the synopsis when I saw that the author was going to be at an event in Waterstones Inverness for Book Week Scotland. A alternative present dystopian fiction with the most beautiful abstract cover incorporating visual elements of the story, it is a beautiful hardback for only £12.99In a world where babies now grow in ‘pouches’ outside the human body, anyone can experience the joy of human reproduction and [...]

    22. With FullLife’s service, women can finally get rid of all the negative aspects of pregnancy. No more sickness, no more pain during child birth and no more abstaining from alcohol and cigarettes and all the fun. And the best: the men can play a part, too! Simply use the pouch and have your baby cuddled in the perfect environment for 9 months. It does not take too long to convince the people that this is real evolution, the next step that makes mankind throw away the ballast and dangers connecte [...]

    23. 3.5 stars This book is set in an interesting alternate world where carrying a child is no longer something restricted by biology. The development of a high tech biological "pouch" into which an embryo is transplanted, and where it grows and develops means that men and women can equally share the work, and the joy, carrying the pouch close to their bodies over the gestation period. At first the biotechnology is hailed as a miracle, a wonder that will allow more people to enjoy the privilege of pa [...]

    24. The premise of this novel is that in the sixties an external womb- the pouch - was developed and the patent and production held in a company run, at first, by the women who had developed it. The company called FullLife still controls production, research & development & protocols. There was always a natural birth opposition but the pouch has been so successful in changing the nurturing and practicalities of young womanhood that it has become ubiquitous and into its third generation. But [...]

    25. What an interesting book this is, both philosophically and emotionally. It tells the story of FullLife, a company that created pouches that replace wombs and can be carried by both men and women, secrets kept from the public and the people who are trying to investigate the issue. The concept of industrialising childbirth is not new, but what the author has done here is introduce a world that on the surface, would be quite desirable to many people. The pain of childbirth is removed and the proces [...]

    26. This is a fascinating and thought provoking book bringing up multiple issues of fertility and motherhood in an imagined not too distant future. The pouch, an artificial, external womb is the centre of the story's controversy. Promoted as a perfect and safe method to incubate babies from conception to birth, it has overtaken natural pregnancy in popularity. However, following a covered up still birth for a "celebrity" couple it is clear that not all is as perfect as it seems.Eve, continues her mo [...]

    27. 2018 is off to a great start with The Growing Season! A story set in an alternate modern-day UK where babies are grown in external pouches, removing one of the most fundamental inequalities between the sexes. The Growing Season tackles feminism and whether there really are fundamental differences between men and women, at the same time crafting a clever sci-fi novel, expertly researched and with the science so well explained even someone who got a 3 in their Standard Grade biology 14 years ago c [...]

    28. Interesting concept, and well within the world of dystopian(ish) fiction that I enjoy. The story plays out well through the novel, introducing the multiple characters and watching how those seemingly disparate threads weave together. The end though I just found it a bit lack lustre. A bit of a 'oh, is that it?' Now I'm not sure what I wanting from the ending, but what I was presented wasn't as intriguing as the book had been.

    29. Different altogether from the Comet Seekers which I loved for its whimsical, lyrical quality. I am not a scientist, but this book is at once a celebration of science and a signpost to the dangers of that same science. Multiple points of view suit Sedgwick's writing style, and I rooted for many of the characters in their own ways. It's one of these books you'll remember, not just because you loved it (you may not), but because it's unique and original and thought-provoking.

    30. The first half of the book moved so slowly that I almost gave up on reading the book, but during the second half The Growing Season evolved into a very thought-provoking piece of writing that has obviously had a lot of care & effort put into it. Sedgwick has put a lot of thought into this book & it addresses a lot of issues; she obviously cared a lot about this story & for that I commend her. The Growing Season is great for anyone who really loves science-fiction & those who ofte [...]

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