The Plastic Seed by Maisie Porter – Book Review



Two schemes uncoil—and, very quickly, begin to unravel—on the same day in the Australian town of West Glassport…

Jean Hima isn’t happy with the way her life has been going. First, her husband leaves her. Then, she loses her job as a midwife at the local hospital, over the easily-fixed misplacement of a baby or two…

Now, Jean is sure a snooty real estate agent is blocking her efforts to find a rental in a nice part of town.

Given possession of a batch of incriminating photographs, who wouldn’t begin thinking about a little life-restorative blackmail?

Written in three acts and covering a quarter of a century, The Plastic Seed is an environmental thriller that explores the hypocrisy of some aspects of the philosophy of wellness. This novella is part satire of the human potential movement, and sincere testimony to the ability of humans to face facts when given no choice.




The Plastic Seed is a novella by Maisie Porter. It is set out in three parts, the beginning, 5 and 20 years later.

The story is told from the perspectives of each character, Jean, an alcoholic midwife…..who mixed up a couple of babies….but that could happen to anyone couldn’t it?

Amy, her daughter, who begins by sneaking out at night to meet a boyfriend,  but, eventually ends up in jail for drug dealing….

Carlana, a woman who seems confused most of the time, becomes a health and well-being seminar and lifestyles advocate, who used to neglect herself and her dog….

And, Evan …..a rather strange, controlling man, who is Carlana’s husband and recycling fanatic.

Jean cannot accept the troubles in her life are her own doing and that Carlana is responsible….it’s all her fault and she wants revenge. Carlana, however,  wants a new life and is plotting a way to leave her husband…..

Jean’s exploits are a little bizarre, such as climbing in the boot of Carlana’s car….she does seem a little frazzled!

Will Jean carry out her blackmail threat? will this end in violence ?…….or will they all come to their senses?

There is also a very clever, almost social documentary feel to this in how we are destroying the planet, and that everyone wants to be a social media guru…..the how to live, eat and be happy with less materialism accounts became so popular, the government ban them as consumer sales dropped. So unless you are a licensed health and well-being practitioner it’s illegal to offer advice! So these licences are very sought after.

I really enjoyed this satirical view of the continuous promotion of well-being….what we should think, eat and do….plus the inability of some to accept the facts that are staring them in the face and take responsibility for their own actions. Fun, whacky, part thriller,  part sci-fi and at times just odd, but never dull…..

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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Author Bio


Maisie Porter works as a professional photographer in Australia, with wide experience covering weddings, though she has neither abducted nor been abducted by any competitors. No Reception is Maisie’s first novel.

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