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Bluebell has spent the last twelve years of her life at Training Tech, the government-run boarding school all children are required to attend. Now that she's seventeen she is fully prepared for Incorporation; a time when females and males are allowed to mingle again, for the first time since they were toddlers. It is also the day she must endure Citizen Branding - the mandBluebell has spent the last twelve years of her life at Training Tech, the government-run boarding school all children are required to attend. Now that she's seventeen she is fully prepared for Incorporation; a time when females and males are allowed to mingle again, for the first time since they were toddlers. It is also the day she must endure Citizen Branding - the mandatory searing of a mark into the flesh of the left wrist of all new Citizens. O for fertile, X for infertile. The fate of every Citizen, male or female, is determined by the results.Bluebell knows that a Citizen’s duty is to live for the glory of Concord, just as she was taught. But the frantic dreams and hazy memories that haunt her make her different, and the questions she cannot deny threaten to turn her world upside down.Disclaimer: LUSH is not just a Series - it's more like a Serialized Television Show. As the beginning novel, it sets you up in the LUSH world and asks a lot of questions; many that are not immediately answered. Think of it like LOST or The Vampire Diaries or Heroes... and not so much like E.R. or Fringe or House. The follow-up novel is due October 2013... where the story continues....

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ISBN : 17866680
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Number of Pages : 194 Pages
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lush Reviews

  • Abbie
    2018-11-11 22:33

    Actual rating - 3.5Lush was an okay read, but I didn't love it until the end.Bluebell was an okay character, but I didn't love her. The first half of this was pretty slow, so I felt quite bored. The ending was good though, and defiantly made things more interesting. Overall, A 3 star read with a 4 star ending. I'll defiantly be reading the sequel soon to see how it plays out.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-03 18:48

    3.5 stars(Read using Kindle Unlimited)This was an interesting dystopian, and I liked the ending.Bluebell was an okay character, although she was a little naïve at times. The way her mother treated her was a little odd, but she seemed pretty normal the way she reacted to her branding.The storyline in this was quite slow, and I didn’t really feel like much was happening until the 75% mark. There wasn’t really any romance, there seemed to be a lot of info-dumping, and the whole thing just seemed way too slow.The ending was good though, and redeemed the book a bit for me. Finally things seemed to be coming together, and I found the ending quite interesting. Failing a spectacular sequel it will at least be interesting to see if the story picks up from here or goes back to being slow.7 out of 10

  • Al
    2018-11-13 17:38

    Lately I’ve had a few discussions about serials, in essence a full work published in installments. Very common in the 19th century in both Britain and the US, novels such as Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin were published first in magazines with a new part in each new magazine issue. Although much less common in the last fifty plus years, there are a few examples of modern serials. Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities was serialized in Rolling Stone magazine while Stephen King’s The Green Mile was published as several very short books. In fact, that’s how I read that book, borrowing the full set from my sister after all the episodes had been released. I’d never seen such a thing before and thought it strange. Serials are apparently making a revival (Amazon even has an official Kindle Serials program).With all the talk about serials, I’m obviously setting up to tell you that Lush is a serial. Unlike King’s book or the Amazon program, it isn’t a novel split into bite-size pieces, but a serial with each installment having its own title and being novel sized. It differs from a series in that each book in a series will go through a complete and obvious story arc. A serial is more like episodic television with conflicts happening and being resolved throughout, but without a single, overriding conflict that happens and is resolved in one installment possibly ending with a cliffhanger so you’ll watch the show next week or maybe talk about it around the water cooler. It leaves you with something to anticipate. And that’s how I feel about Lush. I’ve been left hanging, eagerly anticipating the next installment.Lush serves as an introduction to the world and characters in this continuing story. It takes place in the distant future in a dystopian world very different from our own. Dystopias often have squalor and poverty, which isn’t true of Concord, the name of the world Baum introduces us to. The standard of living appears to be high, but what makes it a dystopia is the people are oppressed. As in most dystopian fiction, there is a political subtext, extrapolating elements of contemporary society into the future, imagining what the results of continuing in a particular direction might be, and serving as a warning. It was clear to me that the world Baum imagines was the result of excess nanny state-ism with the government or state becoming too involved in the care and life decisions of its citizens. (For political types, wherever you fit on the spectrum from right to left, you should be able to spot examples here that are projecting what Baum thinks will happen if the other guys get their way, but also what will happen if you get yours. Both political parties in the US are guilty of nanny state-ism, just in different areas.) Concord, as painted by Ms Baum, is a great fictional world. But I wouldn’t want to live there.The protagonist, Bluebell, is in her late teens and has the qualities that make a great focal character for a young adult novel. She’s likable and conscientious, yet not too perfect, with flaws and the quality most of us had at one time of sometimes testing the limits placed on her. Even though I don’t want to live in Concord, I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment (promised in about six months) to see what happens to Bluebell next. (That cliffhanger left me … well, hanging, obviously.)**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **

  • Tati
    2018-10-29 21:36

    This was an okay read.Bluebell, however, was not that okay as a character. She was too passive, too accepting of what was going on. Usually, dystopian heroines challenge the rules or have a rebel streak. Bluebell doesn't have that. She has to be prodded into questioning her world.The world building was interesting, though I wasn't sure why boys and girls had to be kept separate (maybe I skimmed over that part).As for the plot, (view spoiler)[ it was good, and well paced (not too fast nor too slow), but the thing with her mother-not-being-her-mother was too easy to figure out. There were too many elements pointing to that.(hide spoiler)]Because Bluebell was a bit of a weak character, the secondary characters ended up stealing the show, such as her best friend and the boys they meet after Integration.

  • Kyra Dunst
    2018-11-01 00:30

    In a way, this is kind of a scary story. Not with monsters and chase scenes and fear, but with how the government has completely taken over every aspect of every individual's life. They cannot raise their own children, choose their own spouse or career, and are told whether or not they can even reproduce based on social standing. If that isn't scary, I don't know what is. At least you can kill a monster, right?I can't wait for the next book. It is time for some government reform!

  • Raye Wood
    2018-11-08 01:33

    I love Dystopian fiction. It's my current go to. I am definitely not the target audience as this is billed as YA and I am in my mid-30s. I loved this book and how realistic the plot was. You can definitely see how this could really happen.It's a great book. The first of a trilogy. The characters are well developed and I felt hooked from the first to the last page.

  • Brooke Shelly
    2018-10-23 17:42

    This book was ok for me, but found it to be similar to a lot of other books. The beginning of the book was really good, and then really slowed down.

  • Vicky Connelly
    2018-10-16 19:47

    I think living in such a controlled society with such high expectations would be awful. I didn't expect the cliffhanger.

  • Kelly Pratt
    2018-11-02 00:36

    I actually liked aspen ughhhhhh I want to like her

  • Rachael Kibwana
    2018-11-03 21:34

    The book awesome. I love the creativity and the suspense at the end of the book. Makes one want to read the next book in the series.i can't wait to read "hush"

  • Ann
    2018-10-27 17:50

    Good story; definitely not wrapped up in one book...gotta keep reading the series or let it go..

  • Joy
    2018-11-10 20:58

    I picked up this book from an online blog recommendation, I think it was from Epbot but I'm not sure. I'm a sucker for YA dystopian fiction, so one that was recommended went right on my reading list for later. I read and finished it at a flyball tournament weekend, which shows how engrossing it turned out to be!The future society of Concord is perfect - everyone is healthy and happy, needs are provided for, everyone has a job, and so on. There are prices for these benefits, however, including that all children are raised by the state's Guardians from age 5 to age 18 in gender-separated facilities. Upon reaching the age of 18, children become adults and receive their Citizen Brand which indicates if they're fertile or infertile, which along with their testing scores will greatly influence their future careers and marriage contract prospects. The protagonist of the story, Bluebell, receives a brand not seen in twenty years or more - she is marked Lush, indicating that not only is she fertile but will likely have many successful pregnancies instead of the one or two that most fertile women are able to achieve.As the book starts six months before Bluebell's branding and graduation, this is very much a coming of age story, with the innocent Bluebell slowly learning more about her society as she gets closer to adulthood. The reader learns along with her, finding out that the Council that oversees Concord may not be as beneficent as it appears, and that there are secrets hiding in every family including her own. I found the society structure to be fascinating and an interesting reflection of our current world, especially with regards to people put into the public eye as entertainment for the citizens of Concord. Bluebell is a touch too innocent at the beginning, but given the society structure she's not unbelievably so, and she does start learning and changing near the end of the novel.If you like YA dystopian fiction, or just general dystopian fiction, you should enjoy this book - but be aware there's not really a romance for those who expect it (I thought it was fine without it). I really enjoyed the book and the quality of the writing, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment when it comes out.

  • Marsha
    2018-11-03 18:44

    The current YA literary market is inundated with dystopian novels. Some are great while others are not. "Lush" is quite unique and has the potential to be a great new series.In a society that has seen a rise in diseases that were virtually wiped out due to immunization, obesity among children, and too many children being born to the poor, the government steps in taking away the raising of children from their parents at the age of five. Girls and boys are sent to separate training techs until the year of their incorporation day when they are seventeen. At that time they will brought together for six months and sent through a series of rigorous medical, psychological and educational tests. After the tests are completed the kids are branded with either an X for sterile or an O for fertile unless a child is tested and discovered to be a lush or capable of bearing four or more children. This is quite rare but after completing the six months in Incorporation, Blue bell has earned this designation. This is when her world begins to unravel.Blue bell has been having fitfully dreams about being a young child running with a woman on the beach. When she falls and hurts her ankle, she us unable to continue. This dream continually haunts her. After her tattooing she is sent back home to her father and mother who insists on being called, Aspen. They have no real relationship or bond and Aspen always reminds Blue of her duty to her prestigious family and the council especially since Blue has been made an ambassador. Aspen keeps tight controls over who Blue can associate with and where she is allowed to go. However, a mysterious tablet shows up in Blue's bed allowing her access to hidden information and memories that have long been suppressed. Blue is about to discover that her perfect little life has been manufactured and is a lie. Now what will this dutiful daughter do?This little gem of a book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. No, there wasn't much action but there was plenty of mystique and intrigue. I enjoyed watching Blue unravel the clues to her past all while watching her grow. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series entitled, "Hush."

  • T.W. Barton
    2018-10-22 17:55

    I read this in three days.This is a YA novel but will appeal to readers of all ages.The story line is similar to others that I’ve read such as Divergent and Matched. The world is a very different place than what we’re used to. The main character, Bluebell, is coming to the end of her government mandated twelve year training. They are coming to the pivotal point where each citizen receives their Citizen Branding. The branding is seared onto their left wrist and quit literally determines the fate of each youngster in the society, of course it doesn’t hurt if your rich, special like a twin, or your family is of high social standing especially if you're descended from one of the original twenty council members.The brand consist of an O for fertile or an X for infertile. What was supposed to be the ending of another simple group of citizens turns into a spectacle that hasn't been seen in possibly twenty years.When I first started this book I was disappointed and thinking it would be just another one in the line of the books I mentioned above. Once I got into the meat of the story I could tell that something was going to be different but I couldn't put my finger on what it was. The characters are well developed and it isn't hard to see the cliques forming.The author does a fantastic job of just giving the right amount of information to keep you turning pages but not enough to give away the plot line.This is the first in a series and sets the stage for the rest of the series. I want my series to have each book stand on its own and have a definitive ending but I will say that done right, like this one, a "to be continued" type really gets your curiosity peaked for the next book.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-15 18:45

    In a future society, the government takes over where the people have historically failed. When children turn five-years-old, the boys are separated from the girls and raised in training centers. When they are 17, they undergo "incorporation," where they are allowed to mingle and learn to live together. They undergo a series of personality and aptitude tests in order to be assigned careers. In addition, they get their citizen brands and find out whether they are fertile or infertile. Bluebell enjoys her small group of friends but is haunted by some unusual dreams and feelings of insecurity. At the final ceremony, when the citizen brands are revealed, Bluebell finds a monumental surprise awaiting her that will shape the rest of her life. I read this book because a Goodreads friend of mine noted it reminded her of Divergent (my fave!). Honestly, I’d seen the book before but had not even read the description of it due to the title and cover picture, which I found uninteresting; I thought it was a romance novel. It seemed like a cross between Divergent and The Giver to me. I really enjoyed it! For whatever reason, I kept expecting to dislike the protagonist, but I didn’t. Her mother’s a different story, however. It was touching how quickly Bluebell’s small group of friends bonded together. And, I was proud of how she handled the major curve ball thrown at her at the branding ceremony. Stories like these always make me incredibly thankful that we have the freedom to choose our careers and lives for ourselves rather than to have them assigned to us. Fair warning: this first book ends on a cliff hanger. I’m already reading the second installment.

  • Ranko
    2018-11-07 23:38

    This is an ebook that is really good although it does leave a lot of questions that will hopefully answered in the other two books in the series. The story revolves around a girl named Bluebell who lives in a city called Concord. There are three other cities with that name and they are somehow connected by underwater tubes. What is not known is why there are only four cities and what happened to the rest of the world. (Actually, we don't even know if this is actually the Earth or an Earth colony.)The cities are run in a very Nazi fashion with people with arranged marriages for the purposes of reproduction, The state determines how many kids a couple can have. One rule states that any female that is fertile must have at least one child whether she wants one or not. People have been marked with ID chips in them. Propaganda is everywhere. Bluebell turns out to be a Lush, meaning she has a special tattoo that allows her to have four children or more. She is to be the ambassador to other Concords but at least some questions are slowing arising in her mind. It's an interesting book and obviously about dictatorships, but there are so many questions left unanswered that it sort of makes it difficult to understand the why of the story since there is nothing to place it in context of anything else.

  • Sharon Mccumber
    2018-11-08 23:38

    The Homemakers Hobbies HQ and I realize I have made a booboo. In the announcement that I shared the amazon buying links I posted the wrong book to the list. My Blood Approves does NOT belong on the list. It is not a dystopian book! I had Lush by S.L. Baum planned for today! Lol   Bluebell is different than most kids her age. After leaving training tech, where all kids live for 12 years, and being branded a lush, she discovers her live is turning upside down and she has no control over any of it. She is now a Lush Ambassador and represents everything Concord stands for. Well... she's supposed too. Between her perfect mother and high ranking grandfather it should be no problem... right? So why are strange accusations being sent to her tablet for only her to access? And why is she reading a story that she swears she had dreamed before?  This isn't a normal dystopian, it isn't dark, or the horror type of dystopian. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. Not fearing for the characters but wanting to find out what happens next. The author opens up a lot of back stories and gives information that she has said is explained in the next book... Of course it does... she wouldn't sell as many books... duh! It ends in a cliff hanger... again... its to keep you wanting more!!!!! Give it a chance!*Pros* seamless writing, great character

  • Peter Stone
    2018-11-15 21:56

    Lush was a young adult dystopian aimed at the younger end of the market. It features a very well thought out future society, focusing on the story from the perspective of a teenage girl, Bluebell. At first the society seems unrealistically naive and pacifistic, but all makes sense as the book continues. Bluebell is plagued by nightmares, which are one of a number of bread-crumb like clues dropped along the way for us to follow. I worked out the mystery to be revealed well in advance, but still thought the journey to get there was well done.I found the novel to be very slow going, it was not until around the 35% mark that anything dramatic actually happened. And the ending revealed the book to be yet another serial - it was not really an ending at all, but revealed the book to be merely part one of a series that goes nowhere unless you immediately buy the next book to find out where it is going. My personal opinion is that books should be complete entities of themselves, with satisfying conclusions - part of a series, sure, but not serials designed simply to make you read the next one. And on that score, I did not buy the next one.

  • MJ
    2018-11-15 00:50

    This book (presumably) takes place in the future; how far, we're not sure, since the tech is still tablets. It read kind of funky since it seemed more like, an alternate reality where a Council has taken over things and ships all kids off for brain-washing and meds at 5 years of age. Bluebell is an had potential, she has a lot of cool things and opportunities happen to her... but she doesn't stand out as a heroine, I felt she was too close to the brain-washed side rather than robot to the public and rebel behind the scenes. She leaves the supervised life training and is marked with 'Lush" instead of 'Fertile' or 'Infertile,' her position is chose as Ambassador. I kept hoping after she learned secrets about her family (or the glaring suspicions) and got the secret-tech tablet full of "Truths" she might get interesting, but she kept parroting back the same responses. There was also ZERO action in this, and the romance (if you can call it that) was infantile. While there were some cool ideas, and the story was wordy for the sparse time frame it covered, it didn't make me want to keep reading the next books and I have serious qualms about such a lackluster heroine saving the world.

  • Kay Rose
    2018-11-12 01:35

    I greatly enjoyed this book! While I didn't feel that any true conflict started up until the end of the novel (what with Bluebell being a model citizen and being marked Lush and Aspen actually getting along with Bluebell) I'm curious to see how the next book develops. Problem is, some of the characters seemed a bit flat. Thorn and Blue were probably the only interesting characters, because they actually asked questions about society and whatnot. The other characters (Stone and Fisher and and Lily and the twins especially) fell short for me, but I suppose it's because there were so many characters to be introduced. Hopefully they'll be expanded upon in the next book.And...can we talk about that plot twist at the end? It makes sense of her dreams and the mysterious book she reads, but...what? I know that she and thorn were pushing into their hidden memories, but why was it in book form? Did her lost mother publish it? I was confused, and then you find out about Aspen and HER secrets, and that Blue's father is the one who has truly lost his memories. I'm not sure what to make of the end, but I hope that it'll be explained in the rest of the series.

  • Angela Kow
    2018-10-27 19:34

    Actual rating: 3.25 (I don't know whether to give it a 3 or 3.5 so I opted for the middle)Lush is an okay book. It's different from the books I usually read because firstly, it is considerably shorter, secondly, it lacks action in the physical sense and lastly, it is not fantasy.Since it is not a genre I prefer, it impacted my interest in the book. I only finished it because it was quick to finish, but I found it difficult to get through. The writing is believable as it sounds like a seventeen year old speaking and the relationships between characters are cute. However, I could easily point out the plot and the direction it was taking and nothing exciting happens. It heavily describes the aesthetics of gowns and appearances and I don't care much for it. This is why I haven't given it an outright 3 as it could have been an enjoyable book for someone who enjoys those aspects, but at the end of the day it was boring for me and it doesn't deserve a 4. I won't be continuing the series.TLDR: Nothing really happens in the book.

  • Nikki May
    2018-10-20 00:39

    I found this book difficult to get into and had to push myself to read it whenever I picked it up, I struggled to connect with any of the characters or the situations but maybe that is my own fault as this is often not the genre I read therefore I struggled a lot more than someone who enjoys this genre. The characters seemed a bit wishy washy and it seemed to raise more questions the more the book went on, I assume that I'd have to read further into this series to get the answers to the questions raised in this book but I can honestly say I won't be doing that because it just doesn't interest me, doesn't grab me or make me want to read it but this is no reflection on the author more reflection on my own likes and dislikes (the rating is also based on this too). But I'm just glad to say that I ploughed through and actually finished it, also this seemed very similar to divergent just set further into the future where a government controls and segregates into groups, seemed repetitive and because of this it bored me more.

  • Debi Domby
    2018-10-16 18:44

    Took a while to get goingBut it really picked up after halfway. Think some was laying the groundwork for Bluebell's universe. By the last 20% of the book, knew I'd be reading the next one...but in the beginning it was plugging through to see where the story was going. I'll admit the first half I was bored, but I trudged on and I'm glad I did. It got good in the second half. The end was a bit of a shocker...and it is a cliffhanger. Now I'm to the point of really wanting to see where the story goes from here.By the end it was a story of Big Brother watching and controlling very thing and everyone. Or that's what I got. No more because that'll get into spoilers.So if you feel like the story is dragging, keep skimming. Once Bluebell finds what her mark is, it gets better. And I'm glad I don't live there (other than everyone's the perfect weight, that part I like to have...haha)

  • Deana
    2018-10-31 01:36

    YA DystopianGood quick read! Part one of a series. In Concord, children live and are schooled away from their parents between the ages of five and 17. At graduation, each student is given their occupation, based on their abilities, as well as a brand on their left wrist - O for fertile or X for infertile. When Bluebell's brand is revealed, however, it is a concentric ring of five Os which resemble a flower- Bluebell is Lush, something not seen in Concord in many years. She is assigned to be the Lush ambassador for Concord, a model of what perfect obedience to the city looks like. She will also be allowed to bear four children after she receives her marriage contract. For Bluebell, however, the mystery is just starting, as she begins to realize why she has no memories from before the age of 5 and why her "mother" has always been so distant. Easy and fun to read book!

  • Lana
    2018-10-17 23:51

    Named after flowers - Bluebell is raised in a sterile environment society where everything is done "for the good of society" - indoctrinated in a school parents are forced to send their children to - kept apart from the opposite sex till it was "time" to meet - and "time" to be branded. If you are fertile you are expected to raise a family with you selected spouse. Fertility is for the few - the sterile are used for menial labor - but what happens when you are Lush? Too fertile? and you discover things are not what they first seemed and were programmed into you from small?I will leave it at that - you want to find out more you must read the book. It has a great story-line and will keep you turning the pages. A must read and I look forward to reading the sequel.Well done SL

  • Kara Cheney
    2018-10-20 01:45

    Holy cow! I highly recommend this book! Yes it is a serialized novel, yes it kinda leaves you hanging, yes I WANT THE NEXT BOOK NOW! This story makes you think, "What if?" It makes you think about the direction this fictional world took to get where they are. This story makes you think about and question REALITY, not so much as if paranormal/alternate realities exist, but to question things that we are taught and told to believe in, in our everyday lives. Again I recommend this book if you want a thought provoking read, and you don't mind having your ingrained ideals put under a mental microscope.

  • Pamela
    2018-10-16 18:49

    Pretty engaging, but not the best YA dystopian fiction I've read. When the author puts forth a disclaimer that there will be loose ends to be tied up in sequels, it's a little off-putting. Definitely inspired by Suzanne Collins, but also shades of Ira Levin, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Veronica Roth (aren't they all, though?). The ending of Lush is VERY predictable, and one pictures the villain rubbing his/her (no spoilers here) hands together, saying, "Mwah ha ha ha ha."In short, if you want dystopian literature that challenges, stick with Zamyatin and Roshwald. If you want a quick read that offers a slightly different take on a common theme, you could do worse than Lush.

  • Anna
    2018-11-10 19:39

    I'm very disappointed in this book. Why? I started to realize about three quarters of the way through that it was going to have a cliffhanger ending, but the end was more than that. It was as if the book was just the pilot of a TV show --- absolutely no closure at all on any issues, not just a cliffhanger. That's why I don't watch TV (among other reasons), so I hate to see the trend carried into books.Other than the total lack of ending, though, the book was good. Like the Matched series with a bit of Hunger Games thrown in. Definitely not good enough to make me buy the next book after such a non-ending, though.

  • April
    2018-11-06 21:44

    This was a very well written and imaginative book! I just love dystopian novels like this one. Very unique and easy to read. Bluebell is is from a future of where people follow the rules of Concord where the Council know what's best for every citizen your marked with a brand if your fertile infertile or the rare Lush. Bluebell is marked Lush she is an instant celebrity where everyone wants to be like her. Her life is perfect or so it seems. When she starts to have doubts she is told to follow the rules and be happy for her new position . But does being a celebrity what she really wants or is something her parents want?

  • Kelly
    2018-11-06 20:47

    I started this trilogy because I got it free from Amazon. I really like it. The storyline is not something that I have ever read before. I am a parent of two and was really shocked that the author decided to have the children leave their parents care at the age of five. I know that I could never even contemplate that.The story is from the POV of a 17 year old girl and what she is expected to do for the community. It really changes the perspective of a controlling government in my mind. I am really enjoying this trilogy and am really glad that I was able to get the second and third book right away because the first book ended with a major cliffhanger.