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 no one's around to care anymore. They've had to survive in a world that protects them just enough to do one thing: Make mechanical trees that process air. They eat a nutritional slop daily, unless they make a mistake, and the only way they're able to conduct any form of hygiene is by spraying off with a hose, as a group every evening before bed. Is there anything better? Any form of escape?
There is, but they have to escape the clutches of those who'd do anything to keep them working, tortured and without. This escape is down below ground. Very far beneath the surface, but with a little help, they endure... but is there such thing as Paradise?
The Treemakers is the first in a trilogy by Ms. Rozelle. I will be following up with the second book. There are so many reasons to like this dystopian tale, but I'll only share a few... because I'm a firm believer in NO SPOILERS! But did you check out the cover? It's mysterious and creepy and so beautiful! How could you not love it?!
Okay, so the story is about Joy, a strong and independent protagonist. I love strong women. Now she's a teenager, but she's got to be a grown-up because there are so many children trapped with her. All have seen death in a variety of forms but Joy is the one who loves them, cares for them and does her best to preserve their innocence. But when she and Jax come across an area that allows them to travel to a land of blue skies, roaring oceans and lush, green grass, they know what they must do.
This is an adventure unlike any I've read this year, and I've read well over 100 books. The Treemakers, in the category of YA horror, is one of the best! It was original and the romance was cut more so to my imagination than being spelled out for me. It focused mostly on escape and finding their safe haven above all else.
I can make you a promise: if you like dystopian tales that stand strong against books like the Razorland Trilogy, then you'll want to read this story. I'm off to the next read, but if you'd like to follow Christina Roselle, hit her up on one of her many links listed below! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 Specs!
*Deathly Dreams is next.
**Digital copy of The Treemakers, provided by author, for an honest review.
CHRISTINA L. ROZELLE'S SOCIAL MEDIA:
"The Treemakers" on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015DC4Q5E/
A Spark in the Dark Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1JSEmWz
The Fansite of Christina L. Rozelle: http://christinalrozelle.com/
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/cl.rozelle
Twitter: Christina on Twitter (@CLRozelle)
CHBB Publishing: http://www.chbbpublishing.com/
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