Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward
Between Mother Nature and human nature, disasters are inevitable.
Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood oozed out of the ground, even through the concrete, even in the water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones.
Lea wishes she could ignore the blood. She wishes she could spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn’t so afraid of her father. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and her girlfriend however she can.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Four Stars – A cringy tale in the best possible way
Bleeding Earth was a cringy tale in the best possible way. It even made me have to take breaks every few chapters because it was so chilling/disgusting/horrid that I couldn’t take a whole lot of it at once.
The bleeding of the Earth starts almost immediately from the start of the book. And although we know that would happen thanks to the synopsis, I didn’t expect it to go that far. The blood truly takes over the lives of the people of Earth and brings forward an apocalypse of red and filth.
Our main character and narrator, Lea, thought all she had to worry about was getting through high school with her sexuality and keeping the secret of her new girlfriend, Aracely. But those become the least of her worries when the blood comes. Family, friends, and relationships are put to the ultimate test as the struggle to survive becomes more than just physical. As hope fades from the world, so too does sanity and humanity.
Throughout all the chaos, one light shines through: Aracely. Her and Lea have only been dating for a few weeks, but when the bleeding begins, the blood both pushes them together and tears them apart. The love connection between Lea and Aracely was amazing. I love the way Kaitlin Ward depicts the gay characters, making their relationship the perfect combination of heartwarming, tragic, and beautiful. All without the use of stereotypes which was refreshing.
Bleeding Earth was beautifully written, complete with varying forms of communication, inner workings of the mind of Lea, and descriptions of this new apocalyptic world around her. You’ll be tempted to look down to make sure the thick crimson isn’t pooling at your ankles too.
My one piece of criticism is that I felt that there wasn’t much of an overarching plot that drove the story forward. Although we see it begin, Bleeding Earth very much plops you into this bloodpocalypse. Yes, there’s revelations of sanity and the romance that drive the story forward, but I think there could have been more. As I was reading, I just couldn’t see where it was going. In addition, the end seemed like it was forced to come to a quick resolution and it ended up leaving me with some big unanswered questions.
In all though, I did thoroughly enjoy Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward and decided to give it four stars. It definitely made me feel icky and left me with chills running down my spine. The interesting storyline was a unique and disturbing combination of Carrie and a great flood. You should definitely pick this up and give it a try.