A Disturbingly Good Book: A Review of “The Treemakers”

Posted: December 29, 2015 in Book Review, Young Adult
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26802017Goodreads.com Description: 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.

This is the first book in the Treemakers Trilogy. This series is intended for mature YA audiences, as there are certain mature themes (abuse, character deaths, etc.,) which may be too emotionally intense for younger readers.

About the Author

8186790Adverb addict and alliteration activist. Daydreams and chocolate. Caffeine, check. Sleep, sometimes. Raold Dahl, Effie Trinket, Tim Burton, Stephen King, Daryl Dixon. Dubstep. Scars. Fire. Darkness. Love above all else.

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My Review

Ever pick up a book that intrigued you from page one and then disturbed you after a few pages, but you continued to read it because you couldn’t put it down? That sums up Christina L. Rozelle’s The Treemakers. This book was like reading a mash-up of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield and Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza.

The plot of The Treemakers was unique and had me hooked. Rozelle weaved in elements of science fiction and science news–Earth’s depleting ozone layer, global warming, the Fountain of Youth, and even Star Trek’s holodeck experience.

Rozelle’s characters really made this story work. They were carefully crafted with plenty of layers.

My favorite character was Joy. She wasn’t your atypical 16-year-old. She didn’t want to be a beacon of strength nor a warrior. Joy was just a worker in a factory trying to survive. When her situation changed, she evolved. But this character wasn’t a perfect specimen. She made mistakes. She showed poor judgment. She was a teenager.

At first I thought Jax was going to be a great love interest. Well, he turned out to be a cad (you’ll have to read the book to understand why). I went from liking him to loathing him in about 60 seconds. I loved how Rozelle did not set up the atypical love triangle.

I loved Smudge. She was insightful and intelligent. She was the voice of reason so desperately needed with this ragtag bunch of orphans.

I found Mateo interesting. He was like a refreshing breeze after a sweltering summer day. But if you stand in that breeze for too long, it’s no longer comfortable. I have a feeling that Mateo might be like that breeze over time. We’ll see how he develops in book two.

If you’re looking for something different in the dystopian genre and you can handle mature concepts in your reading, I highly recommend The Treemakers.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

 

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