The Treemakers by Christina L. Rozelle
*e-book exchanged for an honest review*
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 family she loved away from her.
In this desolate dystopian- future, the Greenleigh orphans are “privileged” with the task of building mechanical trees for Bygonne, so their world behind The Wall can breathe another day, and so the Superiors may continue their malevolent reign.
Lured by a yearning for freedom, tenacious curiosity, and hunger for adventure, Joy discovers hope and magic amid the misery, and power in her promise to care for those remaining, whom she loves enough to risk her life for. To save them, herself, and the boy she adores from the abuse and slavery by the Superiors, Joy must entrust the aid of an unlikely ally who harbors a dangerous secret.
With an intriguing stranger at the helm, Joy and the treemakers embark on an intense and terrifying, yet liberating quest for the truth about the existence of the forbidden paradise beyond The Wall.( GR)
“Bygonne didn’t exist a hundred years ago, until our idiot ancestors burned a hole in the sky a thousand miles wide. Those who made it out before The Wall went up….they were the lucky ones. The rest were banished forced underground. Most died. Those who survived had to adapt in a dead world. I wish they all died.”- Joy Montgomery.
When I read these words I knew I was hooked. This book is full of twists and turns, most of which I did not see coming. It made me smile, laugh, and even cry. Christina has the talent of getting you attached to every character in this gritty dystopian/scifi horror. She elevates the pain with sequences of love and bravery.
Joy Montgomery is a 16 year old girl that is a slave to the Superiors and is forced to help make the trees that are sent all over Bygonne for the making of better oxygen. What she doesn’t know is the real truth behind the scenes and through her own bravery she takes the steps to learning what is really going on. Through out this book there are such heartbreaking scenes but with the words of her father leading her way, “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.” She finds her self the leader of her brothers and sisters leading them to freedom.
There are times where I cringed in the deaths of those she holds close to her and then there are times that made me grin like an idiot. Christina has such a talent in building up hope for these characters and then pulling the rug out from under you.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an unique Ya novel about a group of kids overcoming unimaginable odds and finding their own freedoms.
I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series The Soultakers.
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