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The Treemakers (The Treemakers Trilogy #1)

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Stay on guard. Be aware of your surroundings. Notice the nuances. Cover your tracks. Always be prepared. Question everything. This is how you stay alive, Joy. And this is how you keep the ones you love alive.

Sixteen-year-old Joy Montgomery, daughter of Zephyr the Magnificent, the great magician, can only reminisce of better times. Before the Superiors. Before the uprisings
Published November 2014
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Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You don't realize how big somebody was in your life, until you measure the space of their absence."

"How do we know what's really out there? The world is huge! So much we haven't even witnessed! So much potential for life we didn't even know existed."

"How awesome-- and tragic-- that all magic is man-made."

"Their masks have crumbled, dropping pieces here and there for us to trip over as we try to navigate the storm."

"Everything dies, yet, nothing's ever really dead."

There's so many great lines
Caelan Cox
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Name is Caelan and I am 17 years old,male and a junior in High school and this is my first review! My mum has had me reading since i was tiny but I caught the "book fever" while reading Potter, hunger games and the like. My mum said this would be right up my ally, she was right (please don't tell her I said that)

The Treemakers is one of my favorite stories I have read. Mrs Rozelle's bleak and terrifying dystopian world is utterly amazing! I found the book original and I was very emotionally i
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of the book from

This book was a brilliant, new idea that fell flat, was boring, and was terribly written.
**I received a copy of this book free from the Author on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review**

Title: The Treemakers (The Treemakers Trilogy #1)

Author: Christina L. Rozelle

Publisher: A Spark in the Dark Press, 2015

Genre: YA Dystopia, YA Science Fiction

My Review:

Wow. That was a mind-bending book. I actually have more questions than answers. When I read the description, I was intrigued, and it did hook me from beginning to end. I did feel like some parts had a bit of an “info-dump” because

Logan Keys
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

If you like a book about light in the darkness---if you like a story about love found, maybe lost, maybe only hoped for. If you enjoy having your mental eye ball dried out from trying to take in all of the gorgeous imagery and world building—THEN---_The Treemakers_ is THE book for you!

Gut-clenching, heart-racing, sour followed by gumdrops. Gritty but not so that we lose sight of the goal.


Dude, these kids are pissed!

Without giving spoilers, life at the tree factory is
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

An impressive debut novel from Christina L. Rozelle. Set in a dystopian future after a mysterious cataclysmic event, the main character of the story is named Joy. Joy, the emotion, is devoid in the soulless world she inhabits.

Children are slaves, conscripted into the work force of Bygonne, where they work making metallic trees to keep their world from suffocating. i.e. People are literally struggling to breathe.

They work for a shadowy group of adults, both merciless an
Amy Bartelloni
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ll be honest – the cover and the interesting title drew me in, but the story does not disappoint! It’s no secret that I love a good dystopian, but it’s hard to tell a good story and have it be real. This book is both. What I loved the most about the book was that it didn’t shy away from being gritty and real and hardcore. These characters are tough! There were some parts that were even hard to read, but it was those parts that made me feel so deeply about the book and characters.

So – the char
Uma  ♥ Books.Bags.Burgers.
(I received a copy of this book from the author via Instafreebie )


Stay on guard. Be aware of your surroundings. Notice the nuances. Cover your tracks. Always be prepared. Question everything. This is how you stay alive, Joy. And this is how you keep the ones you love alive.

Sixteen-year-old Joy Montgomery, daughter of Zephyr the Magnificent, the great magician, can only reminisce of better times. Before the Superiors. Before the uprisings. Long ago. Before the dying Earth ripped the fami
Amie's Book Reviews
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

WARNING: Although this book is labeled as "Young Adult," this book is not suitable for younger readers. There are themes that exist in this book that make it appropriate only for mature audiences. For example, it contains scenes of abuse as well as death of some characters. In my opinion, this book is only appropriate for readers age sixteen and older.

Once in a while you come across an Indie author that you can't believe has not been discovered yet by a major publ
Beverly Laude
What a roller coaster ride this was! If you enjoy dystopian YA books, grab this one and start reading! Ms. Rozelle has a great imagination and her world building is amazing. The characters are great, the villains are hateful and the action is just enough to keep you reading long after you should be in bed!

Throughout the book, you think you know what to expect and what will happen next just to have Ms. Rozelle pull another rabbit from her hat. There are some heartwrenching scenes throughout the b
Amber Jane
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling, heart wrenching, and hilarious, along with the perfect dash of romance, this book had me captivated from the very first page.

My moms friend gave me this book and I was really surprised on how freaking
A W E S O M E, it is! Because, before now I wasn't really interested in any Indie author books, but oh man was I missing out. Because The Treemakers is the best book I've read in a long time, so I seriously suggest putting down whatever lame book you are currently reading and go order t
Leslie Cox
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Dystopian YA thriller drama?CHECK!!! The Treemakers is a current fav of mine. Christina takes one of the most exciting genres around and makes it so much better! Joy is our main girl of the hour in this book about life in the aftermath of ( no spoilers!) where children and teens are the primary workforce behind the dangerous job of making what's left of our Mars like world livable. The job is dangerous as you find out by the 3rd paragraph!

The life of our characters are bleak and grief
Jen is a book hoarder

Such an amazing imagination Christina Rozelle brings to life with this story. If you love to get lost in a book and just let your imagination flow, then this is the book for you!
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an emotionally intense rollercoaster!!I gobbled it down in two hours . A darker fantasy story but so very well written I can't wait the read the next book in the series. Do yourself a favor and read this book....please!!
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
12 16 2015The Treemakers Dystopian YA ebook & Audible
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Tremendously Entertaining.
Dystropian/ YA. The Treemakers. What an amazing book. Christina L.Rozelle is Brilliant and will blow your mind with this piece of art. She transports you to a barren world with a landscape from a nightmare. Wonderfully written characters who’s interactions are believable.
This story takes place in a land that is still feeling the effects of chemical fallout. Adults are do
A. Hunt
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Dystopian Lovers
Recommended to A. by: Christina L. Roselle
Here's a story that breaks your heart and builds hope at the same time! Imagine a world, where the air is poisonous, there's no wild life, other than enormous rats called Jumpers, and the smallest of cuts can cost you life. Oh, and you have to work every single day of your life, just to make scraps because everything's taken (what little there is) by Nazi-like bosses called Superiors.

The Treemakers, by Christina L. Rozelle, is about a large group of children, treated as slaves in a world where
Cheree Castellanos Edits
This book!!! There is so much in this epic and terrible tale! In possibly the worst situation you could ever imagine children in, and being treated so badly I wanted to crawl into this book and exact some vengeance! The world has finally destroyed the ozone layer, and it now depends on the trees made at the treemaker factory, where these precious children are slaves and treated so cruel. Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does. But with that being said, there are so many beautiful and lo ...more
Aria Michaels
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a creative and unexpected spin on the dystopian genre...The Treemakers was not at all what I anticipated and I mean that it the absolute BEST of ways! I had, of course, heard nothing but great things about this one so by the time Miss Rozelle's work of art rolled up to the top of my TBR I was more than ready to gobble up a tasty new adventure. The Treemakers did not disappoint. I immediately fell in love with Joy and her crew of absolute favorite of which (though she comes late ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...

I love Dystopian Scifi! and for the most part I really enjoyed this book. The children in the Tree Factory show such amazing characteristics. Strength, resilience, love for each other, selflessness! These orphans were able to create their own family in spite of those who ruled over them. Momma Joy was my favorite! I felt like the evil of the Superiors needed to be expressed, but the way it was expressed was a little more than I co
Kat Heckenbach
This is the, I think, third or fourth book in a row I haven't finished lately. This one I hit about 2/3 of the way through before deciding I just couldn't go on. I really, really wanted to love it. That cover is so gorgeous. The concept is actually kinda cool--a society with no trees left, so they make metal trees that oxygenate the air. But then a whole new story world opened up, and then another...there was really just too much going on without anything really happening. I think a lot of that ...more
Belinda Clemons
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love SciFi and Dystopian books this is the series for you. Christina has created a new dystopian concept you have never read before and it will draw you in. This book is so vivid you can see everything happening reading it. Joy and the other teens at the orphanage have become the adults in this book by working/slaving at the TreeFactory, building trees so that the dying world outside will have fresh oxygen, and taking care of the dying children/slaves inside the factory. Joy begins to pla ...more
May 06, 2014 marked it as to-read
I can't wait!
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had this on my "to-read" list for a long time and finally got around to it. Why did I wait so long? I really enjoyed this, and have already started on the second book in the trilogy.

This is YA, but there is some sex (hinted at) and blood and gore - so not a babyish YA. Set in a future where the ozone layer has a huge hole in it, and the climate is burning hot with no oxygen, this is a grim future. Children run a factory making artificial trees to produce oxygen, and work as slaves for "Ma
2OCC Reviews
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jessica

While I'm not a huge fan of YA, I read the description and really liked the sound of this book. It was different and had a different type of setting, so I gave it a try.

Joy was young, yet has seen a lot more things then I have because of the world she lives in. She has such responsibilities that I had a very great deal of respect for her because she did everything she was supposed to until she took a stand. She was a natural born leader and I respected her soooo much for everything she did.

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This book brought a very interesting new dystopian approach to the table of story telling. The treemakers are a group of people who spend 12 hours day making different parts of equipment to help create manufactured trees to provide oxygen for their side of the wall in protection from a hole int he ozone. Going outside without heavy protective gear will literally burn you alive as Joy witnesses firsthand.

Joy is a typ
Kayti Raet
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it

Set in a bleak dystopian future sixteen year old Joy Montgomery is a Treemaker, "privileged" along with dozens of young orphans with the task of building mechanical trees, the only thing providing fresh air to their oxygen starved lives outside of The Wall.
Under the brutal reign of the Superiors, Joy and her friends yearn for freedom, finally seizing it after one final, horrifying round of abuse. To save everyone Joy must trust a mysterious, and unlikely ally. In their
From the first pages of this book Christina's ability to build dystopian worlds pulled me in. She created not only a world that was terrifying to think about but also created characters that I really felt myself cheering for. I wanted nothing more to see Joy, Jax, and all the Treemakers free from the evil that the Superiors oozed. I loved the fact that from the beginning that Joy and Jax brought out the true strength in each other and that together they were willing to go to any length to provid ...more
Natalie Sorrell
Nov 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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K.A. Wiggins
Great quality dystopian read.

Definitely in the darker side, with violence, death, trigger warnings for (off camera) rape, sexual assault, teen sex handled in a non graphic manner, but certainly targeted towards older teens. Excellent creativity in world building and settings with an eco message that doesn't overwhelm the story, but flows naturally. Villains do seem pretty one-note, and the relationships seem a little off - I guess raging hormones in GR midst of extreme deprivation and danger ar
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a world gone wrong, children toil long hours in a tree factory. The air’s all messed up, and the mechanical trees they make will restore the atmosphere. The tree factory kids, united in their misery, become a family of sorts, with Joy and Jax as leaders. The few adults in their lives are the strangers running the factory, only the strangers consider their work force disposable.

But the resilient human spirit finds a way to enjoy stolen moments of freedom, even in the throes of exhaustion and s
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Christina L. Rozelle is the author of the bestselling YA Dystopian Scifi series, The Treemakers Trilogy, which includes her groundbreaking debut, “The Treemakers,” and its sequels, “The Soultakers,” and “The Seeker’s Keys.” Hailed for its strong, believable, and relatable characters, original and complex plotting, and phenomenal world-building, The Treemakers Trilogy appeals to lovers of dystopian ...more
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