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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.
REVIEW 4.5 STARS **** I enjoyed this book. Rootless was well-written and unique. I look forward to continuing on with this series without a doubt. It's been a long time now since I read the first book. I tried to review it and always ran into trouble. (Internet issues at that time) I was frustrated, so I gave up on posting the review. Now, I don't remember enough details about the story to re-write the, in my opinion, glowing review that I did write before. However, I recommend it, and the cover is amazing as well as the illustrations. I hope to re-read it this summer before picking up book 2.