Review: Rootless by Chris Howard

November 2, 2014 Book Review 2

Review: Rootless by Chris HowardRootless by Chris Howard
Series: Rootless #1
Published by Scholastic Press on November 1, 2012
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.

Rootless is set in a post apocalyptic world that appears to be on the brink of dying and very few humans are left to exist on it. This adventure seems to never end and the plot twists come quick and are relentlessly cruel. Nothing on the desolate planet has roots, people are on survival mode, living desperately on a world that is falling apart and animals, trees and plants are basically extinct. Banyan is a young man that does not know of anything different, only knows that he can build trees and that is how he survives. The book is very fast as Banyan finds himself finding clues to the whereabouts of his father, real live trees, and the truth.  Though the characters are little shallow in development, the adventure Banyan is tossed into is a detailed world. The author appropriately describes the pitfalls of the cracked, dry landscape with the smells, wind, dust, and many other foes. I enjoy books that warn the reader of what can happen in reality if humans keep to the path we are on, this is one of those.


Reviewed by Rachael


Artist, wife and momma to an amazing basset hound. Rachael has been a long time friend of Tabitha’s since they met in college in a painting class. She loves the outdoors and occasionally a good read.

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