Saturday, August 15, 2015
BOOK REVIEW: The Treemakers by Christina L. Rozelle
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.
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 8 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
This book shows what true bravery can accomplish. The treemakers are a group of kids who work every day without a break to make trees. No one at the factory lives past the age of 30. That is of course, not including the Superiors. They are a group of adults who will do anything to keep the trees being made. These things include killing, trapping, beating, and punishing the kids with no remorse. One group finds a way out and takes it.
My favorite character is Joy because she cares for each and every child. She is strong, resourceful, and like a mother to the children (even though she is only 16 and has lived in the factory her whole life). She doesn't let anything stand in her way regarding her family. She makes the reader feel like they can do anything and everything.
My favorite part is when the group of kids escapes and they are now free and happy.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 and up that love adventures.