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Rootless by Chris   Howard
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Oct 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star, dystopian, pleasure-reading, work-review-related-reading
Read from October 18 to 27, 2012

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 rate.

17 year old Banyan makes it on his own these days because his father was taken a year ago. He is continuing in the family trade--building trees out of scraps of metal. He gets hired for a job that quickly spirals out of control when strange clues to what may be the last of the "real" trees show up tattooed onto his client's wife and step-daughter. Add that to a mysterious picture of his father, alive and chained to a real tree, showing up and Banyan cannot help but to start looking for his father. Along the way he meets with criminals and warriors--some hell-bent on killing him (or worse), some become unexpected allies.

It is impossible to catch your breath once you start this book--there is truly non-stop adventure on nearly every page. It is exhilarating, exhausting and impossible to put down. It's the first in a series that should capture a lot of attention and fans--it could be the next Hunger Games. This is truly a cross-over book for teens and adults, though violent enough that I would say at the very least 14 and up.
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