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Rootless Blog Tour: Review and International Giveaway!

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For Day 4 of the ROOTLESS Blog Tour, I give you my review of ROOTLESS:

I didn't know what to expect when I first cracked open ROOTLESS. I knew a few things about the book - that it was about a young nomad, Banyan, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing can grow except genetically-modified corn, and to maintain some semblance of the "old world," Banyan builds trees out of scrap for those willing to pay the right price. I also knew that Banyan's particular love story starts out with his love interest shooting him in the arm with a nail gun. 

It sounded like my kind of crazy. 

I normally leave the reviewing up to the other YABC staff reviewers, since I'm usually too busy managing YABC from behind the scenes, but after a few pages of ROOTLESS, I wasn't about to let this one out of my hands. 

Howard plunges the reader into Banyan's world from page one - no lengthy backstory, no council meetings catching us up to speed. Banyan's story moves at a rapid pace, and I was sucked in immediately. Turn after turn, twist after twist, we follow Banyan on a psychedelic journey across an American landscape we hardly recognize. Without trees to clean the air, people find it hard to breathe and some suffer from damaged lungs. Without roots to hold the soil in place, the coasts have eroded away into surging seas. And did I mention there were man-eating locusts plaguing the GMO cornfields of what was once the Midwest? 

ROOTLESS is one intoxicating, crazy thrill ride. Although I did see a few minor twists coming regarding characters, I never knew where Banyan's journey would lead him next. Howard has created a trippy, freak show of a world, and I mean that in the best possible way. After the ending (which I never once saw coming), I couldn't stop talking about Banyan's story for days. ROOTLESS is a book that sinks its hooks into your brain and won't let go. It demands to be read.

 

Good Points
Fully fleshed-out characters, strong cultural diversity, and a non-preachy environmental message that will resonate with every human. I'm just so in love with this book, and cannot wait for the next in the series.
 
For those who like a bit of romance in your YA, ROOTLESS has a satisfying amount, although it's not the main focus of the story. Banyan and Alpha share a uniquely respectful relationship that I haven't found too often in YA books. Banyan is a unique character as well -- he has a deep respect for all women and regards them as equals in every way. As a woman, I really appreciated this addition of Howard's. We need more YA boys like Banyan!

This book is rated for ages 14 and up. There's a little bit of everything: drugs, sex, and rock and roll. But it's a great combination for most teens (and adults!).
 
 
Bad Points
Only one teensy niggle for me: There were times I needed a bit more description during some of the action scenes to fully understand what went down, but that could just be my personal reading style, because I struggle with visualizing action in most fantasy books, if the world isn't like our own. If you don't have a problem with that, then this book should be a solid 5 stars for you!


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1 international winner will receive a signed copy of ROOTLESS, signed bookmarks, and a limited edition ROOTLESS t-shirt! Fill out the form below to enter. 


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Check back each day for a new stop on the tour! Each blog has exclusive content for your reading pleaure. Check out this rad blog lineup:

Monday Oct 29 - Tour Kickoff at YABooksCentral.com/blog - Q&A with Chris Howard, author of ROOTLESS

Tuesday Oct 30 - VLOG from Chris at BookNerd.ca - The Inspiration Behind ROOTLESS

Wednesday Oct 31 - Q&A with Laura Rennert, Chris's agent at RamblingsofaWannabeScribe.blogspot.com

Thursday Nov 1 - Release Day Book Review at YABooksCentral.com/blog

Friday Nov 2 - How Do You Write? (An Interview with Chris) at BookandLatte.com

Saturday Nov 3 - The World of ROOTLESS at YAHighway.com

Sunday Nov 4 - Q&A with Mallory Kass (Chris's Editor at Scholastic) at CynthiaLeitichSmith.blogspot.com

Monday Nov 5 - VLOG from Chris at PageTurnersBlog.com - Chris's Thoughts about Release Day

Tuesday Nov 6 - Q&A with Phil Falco (ROOTLESS's book designer) at NovelNovice.com

Wednesday Nov 7 - Character Interview with Crow BookLove101.com

Thursday Nov 8 - Q&A with Nick Podehl (ROOTLESS's audio book narrator) at TheBookCellarX.blogspot.com

Friday Nov 9 - The Science of ROOTLESS at LiteraryRambles.com

Saturday Nov 10 - The Music of ROOTLESS at ReadingTeen.net (plus an exclusive song download, recorded by Chris!)

Sunday Nov 11 - Final Reader Q&A at YABooksCentral.com/blog - Chris answers the questions YOU submitted during the tour!

 

 

 

 

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  • Natalie Aguirre
    Natalie Aguirre Thursday, 01 November 2012

    Sounds like a great book. So excited to be a part of Chris' blog tour.

  • Lauren Giova Dixon
    Lauren Giova Dixon Friday, 02 November 2012

    Sounds like my kind of crazy too!

  • Lauren Giova Dixon
    Lauren Giova Dixon Friday, 02 November 2012

    Chris, are you a big fan of post-apocalyptic books? If so, which one is your favorite?

  • Margaly
    Margaly Friday, 02 November 2012

    This book sounds awesome. What's the hardest part about writing a post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel?

  • Jennifer Howard McCoy
    Jennifer Howard McCoy Friday, 02 November 2012

    Would you be able to survive in a post-apocalyptic world??

  • YABC
    YABC Friday, 02 November 2012

    Chris what is your favorite book?

  • Jason Gallaher
    Jason Gallaher Friday, 02 November 2012

    Where did you get the idea for this book?

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan Saturday, 03 November 2012

    Will there be a sequel?

  • Casog
    Casog Saturday, 03 November 2012

    Was it hard writing this book?

  • Amy Quinn
    Amy Quinn Sunday, 04 November 2012

    Do you like Nirvana? I can't help but think of the lyrics to 'Breed', "...We can build a tree..."

  • Brandi
    Brandi Sunday, 04 November 2012

    What would you tell your teen self?

  • Sam
    Sam Monday, 05 November 2012

    Have you ever been to a creative writing workshop?

  • YABC
    YABC Monday, 05 November 2012

    Hi Chris!

    How did you get the idea of "metal trees"? Have you been watching the Lorax? ;)

  • Ashley
    Ashley Monday, 05 November 2012

    How did you become interested in writing books?

  • Holly
    Holly Monday, 05 November 2012

    What is the thing you miss the most about the UK?

  • Christina Kitroeff
    Christina Kitroeff Tuesday, 06 November 2012

    Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    If you were to have a tree built, which one would you choose?

    Thank you:)

  • Stéphanie
    Stéphanie Tuesday, 06 November 2012

    How important is helping the environmental to you?

  • Margie Cortina
    Margie Cortina Wednesday, 07 November 2012

    What inspired you to write a dystopian story?

  • YABC
    YABC Wednesday, 07 November 2012

    What was your initial thought when you saw your cover for the first time?

  • Roxane Diaz
    Roxane Diaz Wednesday, 07 November 2012

    What was the hardest part about writing this story?

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