Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rootless by Chris Howard

17-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using scrap metal and salvaged junk, he creates forests for rich patrons who seek a reprieve from the desolate landscape. Although Banyan's never seen a real tree—they were destroyed more than a century ago—his father used to tell him stories about the Old World. But that was before his father was taken . . .
Everything changes when Banyan meets a woman with a strange tattoo—a clue to the whereabouts of the last living trees on earth, and he sets off across a wasteland from which few return. Those who make it past the pirates and poachers can't escape the locusts—the locusts that now feed on human flesh.
But Banyan isn't the only one looking for the trees, and he's running out of time. Unsure of whom to trust, he's forced to make an uneasy alliance with Alpha, an alluring, dangerous pirate with an agenda of her own. As they race towards a promised land that might only be a myth, Banyan makes shocking discoveries about his family, his past, and how far people will go to bring back the trees.
In this dazzling debut, Howard presents a disturbing world with uncanny similarities to our own. Like the forests Banyan seeks to rebuild, this visionary novel is both beautiful and haunting—full of images that will take permanent root in your mind . . . and forever change the way you think about nature.

Publisher: Scholastic 
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18
The trick to this novel is to accept that there is no explanation of how society works within the story, and not to get caught up in the strange characters and details, or try to figure out how or why things happen. Once you get past that, the story is very intriguing and original – albeit complex and sometimes confusing. It is definitely worth a read, though! The plot twists and turns, and it’s full of exploration on a bleak and over-processed future. I would recommend it to readers ages 15-17.

This book is on shelves now! 

Happy reading! 
Alexandra, age 18

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