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Rootless (Rootless #1)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  778 ratings  ·  214 reviews
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 Ban
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Scholastic Inc. (first published January 1st 2012)
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Chris Howard
Jul 20, 2012 Chris Howard added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, it'd be foolish for me to review my own book... I poured my heart and soul into ROOTLESS, and spent a very happy twelve months working on the novel. To say the story is an important part of my life would be a huge understatement, and I gave it my all. So thanks to those who take the time to read my debut novel and share their thoughts on it. Though I should warn people who've yet to read it - watch out for spoilers! :)
I was so excited about this book when I found it, and it should have been completely perfect for me, but instead I find myself forcing to finish it. I really mean forcing too; I checked the weather at least five times and circled my favorite sites at least 10 before finishing what turned out to be two minutes worth of reading. I'll try to break down where Rootless and I went wrong.

"In this dazzling debut, Howard presents a disturbing world with uncanny similarities to our own. Like the forests B
We were on a road, and I knew that immediately. Being on the road’s in my blood, I guess. It’s hardwired into me. I felt the shake. The unpeeling feeling. I tried lifting my head but only my eyes would move. Drugged. Strapped in place. And back on the road, staring at the brightest sky I’d ever seen…


Seventeen-year-old Banyan has been on his own since his father disappeared mysteriously one night. In a treeless, ravaged world, his only future lies in continuing his dad’s work: building met
Oct 07, 2012 Traci rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned, arc
I'm not a good book reviewer, but I have to comment on this one. If you're looking for a fantastic dystopian thriller with lots of action & suspense, you have to read this. It also has one of the most unique plots I've ever read & lots of intriguing characters.

The book is about Banyan, a 17 y/o tree builder. After the Darkness, there were no more trees or paper, so he & his father built forests made out of steel & other scraps for clients. Aside from the lack of vegetation, the
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Rootless is a book unlike anything I have ever read! It takes place in a bleak future where locusts are rampant, and no trees are left in the world. Locust have destroyed all food supply, they eat human flesh and a dystopian government controls all food supply. GenTech is the closest to a government that exists and they managed to genetically engineer corn that the locust can't eat. I don't want to say anything more because I don't want to spoil the book.


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They call it the "Rift", the disaster that turned the earth on a big piece of wasteland. This is the world of Rootless, a world where what they value the most is what we take for granted... trees.

Banyan is a tree builder... because in his world there are no more trees. With pieces of trash, junk, Leds and recycling stuff, Banyan learned from his father how to add to his world what they were missing the most. Until one day Banyan's father goes missing le
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars!

Okay, so, can I just say how much I love the amount of futuristic semi-apocalyptic westerns that are coming out of YA right now? However, here's one that hasn't been done before, at least not without using space opera as an additional sub-genre - a techno-western. Yep. That's right. And you know what? I totally got sucked in. Put on your seatbelt, folks. Not only do we have a techno-western, but it's a current social commentary-based one. Love it when authors can pull that off withou
An extremely engaging, imaginative warning about humanity's brutal treatment of Earth ... and where that might land us in the future.

*dramatic narrator's voice* IN A WORLD ... with no living trees, the remainder of humanity barely scrapes by, living on genetically modified SuperCorn produced, directed, sold, marketing, and in all ways controlled by GenCorp (which in my mind I kept calling InGen but that's a different story, silly Pam). Yum yum, super popcorn! The corn is the only thing that will
Even if Chris Howard weren't my agent-brother, I would have been psyched to read this book!

ROOTLESS by Chris Howard (Scholastic, November 1, 2012)


Five things about ROOTLESS:

The whole concept of building trees is AWESOME! Yes, even if there were still trees in the world, I would still want one built for me. With glowing lights. I kind of want one now in my hot, Texas backyard to provide some shade-I-desperately-need. When my Bradford Pear out front finally dies, I am searching out Banyan.
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Rootless is the debut YA novel from Colorado author Chris Howard. Seventeen-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using scrap metal and salvaged junk, he creates beautiful 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....
This will appeal to those who enjoy dystopian fiction - like Hunger G
* I won this book for free through the Goodreads first reads program.

I LOVED this book, it is the best YA book I have read since The Hunger Games. It has everything: Pirates, poachers flesh-eating loucusts. I loved how the author was not afraid to curse in the book. It is a wonderfull thriller to the very end. I was rooting for Banyan all the way through. And may I say that the cover art, inside and out is beautifull. READ this book, you will not regret it!!!!
Mar 28, 2014 Justin marked it as to-read
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This sounds really interesting.
I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Howard in Denver at a trade show and hearing him talk about his book. I immediately knew that I had to read it for a couple of reasons. As a bookseller, I am constantly on the lookout for books that will appeal to young men, because they seem to be harder to keep interested in reading, if I may briefly overgeneralize. Also, this one sounded really awesome. I was not disappointed.

Rootless takes place in the future, when locusts have destroyed all animals but
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"This book was OMG CRAZY! It was filled with pirates,crazy man eating locusts, a sweet romance and filled with very intense & emotional scenes. LOVED it!"

The synopsis to this book was extensive but was pretty AWESOME sounding. The cover is pretty intriguing & gives you a sense of the book. It was a pretty fast & invigorating read. I was addicted to the story & characters instantly. PLUS i also liked that the author didn't shy away from cursing
As seen on Stumptown Books.

I don't usually reiterate the summary but the plot is pretty complicated. In the words of Inigo Montoya: Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.


The world has changed.

Rootless introduces us to a post-apocalyptic melting pot. The only food that grows is corn, the only living things are humans and locusts, and even the bounty of the ocean (if it is still bountiful) is out of reach because the moon is closer to Earth, and the tides are all crazy messed
This book is a wild ride in a hostile and barren hell that the world has become that seems all too probable. There are no longer trees, or any nature. Everything that grows (including every kind of life but human) is now gone other than genetically engineered corn and mutated locusts who have no choice now but to eat humans. There is very little water, and GenTech, the company who controls the corn, keeps prices insanely high. And now someone is "disappearing" people at a greater and greater rat ...more
Valerie Dieter
Nov 04, 2012 Valerie Dieter rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 8-12 Dystopian Fans
Recommended to Valerie by:
What a ride! Unpredictable and engaging; I love a book that keeps me guessing, and boy is this one that does.

In a post-apocalyptic world, Banyan builds fake trees out of scrap for those who can afford the luxury, a job he did with his father until his dad went missing one night. Now he stumbles upon clues to his father's whereabouts, which could be the last place on earth where real trees grow.

The world is dominated by Gen-Tech, a company that was able to create a GMO corn that can withstand th
Brian Clopper
Okay, I will not look at nail guns the same way again.

Also, I won't look at trees the same way again.

Now if you'll excuse me, I feel compelled to go hug a tree. Mind you, this will be a one-time embrace. I suddenly just feel they're owed one from me.
So imaginative, and thrilling, wow!!! Can't wait to see what happens next! Review forthcoming...
Jun 01, 2012 Giselle marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, ebook
So... zombie locusts? Did I get this right? Yup, this is what I'm going with.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 Stars

As happens from time to time, I've read a book that is wonderful, but that does not work perfectly for the kind of reader that I am. Rootless by Chris Howard is a true dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel set in a nightmare landscape. The writing is beautiful and the characters are unique. I definitely like Rootless and I'm very impressed by Howard's debut, but I'm too easily confused by science for it to be the perfect book for me.

First off, I want to praise Chris Howard's writing to the s
Fourth re-read 4.24.14-4.27.14 in preparation for sequel, The Rift which released 4.25.14. Print + Audiobook. LOVED AGAIN, obviously.

Second audiobook re-read completed!
Audiobook + Kindle, 3.15.13 - 3.17.13.

This was such a fun book to share with my guy while on a road trip - audiobook on the speakers while I followed along on my Kindle. Both the dude and I loved it!

Initially read 10.22
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Rootless is a thought provoking, unusual dystopian story about a future world where some cataclysmic event has caused most living things, with the exception of humans and some really scary locusts, to die. These locusts are so desperate, they have morphed into scary bugs with razor sharp teeth that will eat an entire human being. Very scary. Oh, and a big tech company has control over the one food source available, corn, which is genetically modified to be incredibly nutritious. And because of t ...more
Bold, powerful, and thematically daring, Rootless is a masterpiece debut novel from Chris Howard. This astoundingly compelling and immensely satisfying novel tells the story of Banyan, a 17-year-old tree builder and an artist, who dedicated his whole life to creating trees from pieces of scrap metal and electronic elements, and is now about to be launched on a wild quest to find his missing father and the remaining trees on Earth.

They figured me too young for a tree builder. I could see it in t
A pretty cover and a great story! Wow! I hope I remember to check out the sequel(s) whenever they are released!

Banyan lives in the future where there are no more trees because locusts have gotten to them and all the crops so the only food there is is genetically modified popcorn. His father has been kidnapped and he hasn't seen him in months. The two were tree builders - they would build trees for rich people out of scrap metal, and they were pretty darn good at it.

The book starts off with Ban
Rootless is a fast paced read that left me excited for a sequel. Banyan lives in a world where nothing grows but genetically modified corn. There are no trees or animals left; just humans surviving off the special corn. Banyan’s father disappears one day leaving Banyan all alone. With no other choices Banyan continues building trees. Until one day when he takes a job for a man and discovers a woman with a unique tattoo of a tree and a girl who has a picture of his father chained to a real tree. ...more
The Good

The plot twists and suspense. One thing that Howard does very well and part of what made this book so great was the number of plot twists (especially near the end of the book). Leading up to the twists, Howard artfully adds layer after layer of obstacles, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat pretty much non-stop.
The trees. I loved the idea that product of the environmental neglect (i.e. the trash) is the very medium through which Banyan is able to reintroduce greenery back into
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Stephanie Bibb
A little while ago I got my hands on advance copy of the book, Rootless, by Chris Howard. Seeing as how it was the first book I’ve gotten to see in this stage, I was thrilled. What first caught my eye was the cover. I still enjoy looking at it, and it's one of those covers where each of the details is explained throughout the book. Definitely a plus. (And also interesting to see the advanced copy cover versus the finalized imagery, considering my personal interest in cover art).

Overall, I’d give
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I'm the author of ROOTLESS (Scholastic), as well as the follow-up THE RIFT which is OUT NOW. The third book will be out before the end of the year (I hope!) and then ... NIGHT SPEED
is coming summer, 2016, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. I'm excited!! So, yeah, I live in Denver, but grew up not far from London. I studied natural resources in college, then spent seven years leading wildern
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