The only crop left ... is human.
After genetically altered weeds devastate Earth's croplands, Dr. Tula Macoby believes photosynthetic skin can save the human race. Her people single-mindedly embark on a mission to convert the cannibals roaming what's left of Earth. But when Levi, a peaceful stranger, refuses alteration, Tula doesn't think the only options should be conversion or death.
Levi Kraybill, a devout member of the Old Order, left his Holdout farmland to seek a cure for his terminally ill son. Genetic manipulation is a sin, but Levi will do almost anything for the life of his child. When he's captured, he's sure he's damned, and his only escape will be death.
Tula's superiors schedule Levi's euthanization, and she risks everything to set the innocent man free. Now she and Levi are outlaws with her people, and she's an abomination with his. Can they find sanctuary in a cannibal wasteland?
Book One in the Botanicaust Series
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I found the different societies very interesting, and thought this was an excellent way to begin a new series. The world building is very complex although the author laid a good foundation for more to come. It's one that you find interesting and then it drags you back to get a better understanding.
I thought it was very unique. And good for it. It gives you twists and turns, there is betrayal characters you grow to care about and lots of action. Once I found my footing, I enjoyed the uniqueness of the world and the premise.
Really good pace. Narration doesn't feel like your simply getting someone to read it to you, nor is it over played in terms of being too theatrical. A nice voice that helps get you into the story.
What does the world do when all the crops are gone? Wait and see
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"Unusual and suspenseful"
An interesting and unusual post apocalyptic audiobook. The world created by the author is unusual, innovative but a bit hard to get into at first. The cannibals, Amish, photosynthetic people and the reclusive techno cave-dwelling immortals were all a bit confusing and took some sorting out but once I had everything straight, I really enjoyed it. It is a fascinating world that has a complex mix of societies and they all believe that theirs is the right way to live. The main protagonists, Tula and Levi, are from very different societies and the development of their relationship is convoluted and heartwarming. This book had suspense, intrigue, romance and an original storyline. The narrator did a great job of highlighting the differences between the characters and expressed emotions well. I received this audiobook at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
"Another Unique Apocalypse"
Botanicaust is a rather unique post apocalypse world, after some botanical plague nearly destroyed all crops on earth. The book opens some unknown time after the apocalypse, but I'm guessing more than a couple of generations (there do not appear to be any people who witnessed it first hand left). At any rate, some of the characters have some knowledge of what they were told caused it, but that does come into question in the book.
Humanity in the area of the novel has segmented into several groups. Their are several groups of technically capable people, who see the rest of the uncivilized world as "the cannibals". This is based on their knowledge that there was a lot of cannibalism post apocalypse, so they just have the mindset that everyone non-tech are cannibals. The non tech world, as we start to learn however, is not as simple as "all cannibals". We learn early on that Levi is from a small Amish like community of non-cannibals. And much further into the book Levi himself is surprised to learn that they weren't the only non-tech non-cannibals in the wasteland, and discover there are others living and trading that aren't just wanting to catch and eat them. Yes, there are cannibals, but I don't believe the problem is anywhere near as wide spread as the characters all thought. At any rate, I think all characters by the end seemed to have gained an understanding that none of them were fully right in their beliefs, whatever they were, and had come to accept change.
The book was complete in itself, and didn't really end on a cliffhanger. But I'm really looking forward to the other books in this series - I hope they get made into audiobooks. I do hope perhaps that they delve more into the real "how" of the apocalypse.
The narration was fantastic, and the narrator was able to convey the different characters accents and the tones of the narration. I'd definitely recommend the narrator for continuing this unique series!
"A Great Premise and a Good Story!"
It's refreshing to find a sci-fi story that could actually occur in our timeline with a reasonable explanation to the sci-fi components of the story. I enjoyed following the small group of characters as they navigated and introduced us to their world, while exposing the reader to the three factional groups of the timeline and the conflict (whether obvious or unseen) that exists between each group.
The narration here is excellent for the story and acts to keep the reader engaged. This is a good listen!
* I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from AudioBookBlast.
This was an incredibly unique post apocalyptic book. It's hard to explain the plot because it's better experienced. From what I got, plants destroyed the world and now only 3 type of races are left, Halvainiens - genetically modified people who are plant like and sustained using photosynthesis. Cannibals and Fossilites - I'm still not too sure what these are but I think they are immortal humans (though I'm not sure how) but there race is plagued with genetic defects.
Even with it being so unique, I only kinds liked the story. At times I found my attention wandering cause it seemed to have a lot of unnecessary details or events. I also had to go and skip back at times to replay what they were on about. The audio did come with a PDF of glossarys but I didn't have time to keep going back to it to see. I think maybe if I read it it may have been easier because I could of used the PDF but since I didn't, I didn't enjoy the story too much. Towards the end it was a chore to keep going.
Meghan Kelly did an awesome job as always. I always enjoy her performances and she always delivers. Despite not liking the book as much, Meghan made it easy to listen to.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
"Great story with unique twist"
Great storyline. I loved the whole plant people, fossilite , and cannibal thing. Truly enjoyed the book. What prevented me giving it a 5 was all the religious overtime that permeates sections of the book. While born and raised Catholic I enjoy a good sci fi novel. I prefer my religion in church and in my bible not in my pleasure/relaxation reading. I look forward to trying the next in the series. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.
I absolutely loved this book. In my opinion, the author was very creative with this unique post apocalyptic story. The narrator did an amazing job as well. I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the series when it becomes available.
Definitely, because it is refreshingly different from any other post apocalypse story I have read or listened to.
There are two main characters in this audiobook, Dr. Tula Macoby who is a plant person or Halvainiens who has been genetically changed, their skin is green and they rely largely on photosynthesis. And, then there is Levi, a member of the deeply religious Christian ‘Old Order,’ who live at the Hideout behind secure fences and gates to protect them from the cannibals who roam the earth freely outside. However, all the characters are so individual it would be hard to pick a favourite.
The narrator, Megan Kelly, has one of the most enjoyable voices I have listened to, and she also has the ability to bring alive the characters wonderfully with her wide vocal range making this audiobook a really enjoyable story to listen to.
When Levi leaves the safety of the Holdout on a mission to find a cure for his son who has cystic fibrosis, little does he to know what adventures lay in store for him.
After he is captured by the Halvainiens, he meets Tula who realises he is special and, when she finds he is sent to be euthanized risks everything to save him. From that moment on both their worlds are turned upside down as the hunted fugitives face the dangers of the cannibals in the wastelands in the search for the Fossilites, immortal people who live deep in the mountains, who Levi believes can save his son.
Will they find the Fossilites, and if they do, have they the answers Levi seeks?
What is the future for these two being, where can they call home when they are so different, or are they?
This is a great post apocalypse story which I would not hesitate to recommend.
"Compelling Novel Where Humans Become Plant-like!"
Botanicaust by Tam Linsey is a very unique and compelling novel. It is a few hundred years after the Apocalypse where most of the known world died after genetic alterations were made to certain vegetation life, which had the opposite affect than anticipated. [When you think about how many of today’s crops are genetically engineered, this plot is totally plausible!] Most natural food sources are destroyed and the only way to save the human race is to photosynthesize a person’s skin so they are less dependent on food.
The story centers around Tula who believes photosynthetic skin can save the human race. She works in the department that determines whether or not a person who is captured should be “altered” to the plant way of life or euthanized. It is clear she has grown weary of her role and does not believe that if a person refuses conversion, they should be put to death. She falls in love with Levi, a member of a community that is very similar to the Amish, who is captured and soon scheduled for euthanization. Tula soon helps Levi escape his imprisonment and they set off on a quest to find a cure for his son who is terminally ill.
Meghan Kelly did an excellent job narrating. Her narration flows naturally at an even pace. She was easy to listen to, having differing voices for all characters, male and female. She really contributed to my enjoyment of the book and I just couldn’t stop listening ~ I listened to all 10 hours in one day!
"PLANT PEOPLE, CANNIBALS, AND THE AMISH!!!!"
I totlly would..and I need book 2 asap!!! SUPER GREAT STORY AND NARRATION!!!!
Tula...she is kind, and she really wants what is best for people...
The Rescue!! Both of them!!
Many moments in this book touched my heart...but I loved how Tula and Levi refused to abandon each other in the desert...they are both really good people!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for and honest review **
I loved this twist on the apocalypse!!! The world is devastated by mutant plants, and vegetation is wiped out turning people into desperate cannibals..not all people but most! There is a society of genetically altered plant people, there skin has been photosynthesized and they get there nutrients from the sun now, they rarely need to eat..and when they do its only protein...but not meat, and real plants are not good for them...on the outskirts of there community are cannibals which they capture and try to convert...Levi who is a member of a religious community that has kept to themselves all this time just so happens to get captured...Tula who is there convert Doctor sees something in him, and after not successfully being able to convert him, can not stand to see him euthanized...she helps him escape...ultimately putting them both on the run!
Levi is on a journey to the Fossilites, another small community which have became immortal and have all the cures and latest technology...he needs to save his son who has cystic fibrosis...that doesn't really work out because those people are crazy! They escape again! Everywhere Levi and Tula turn they are compromised...and as they grow closer they have to fight harder to survive...Levi has a lot of faith in God...and thaat was beautiful to me..Tula has a lot of faith in science...but a wonderful heart...I like Levi and Tula together...and this was a fabulous book!!!
Thank You Meghan..you did an excellent job, and I hope you get to narrate book 2 also!!
Botanicaust is unique when compared to other science fiction books I've read. I really enjoy it when a book suggests futuristic technology and even finds a way to explain it. I do not require exact science but a reasonable explanation is the minimum. Botanicaust did a great job at making me believe that what I was reading could actually come to fruition. The three things that worked together was: Post apocalyptic world, Several different cultures that interact with one another, and everyone is at a different level of technological advancement. This allows the story to never become stale.
I did not have a favorite character(in the traditional sense). Due to a language barrier between cultures, every character has multiple personas. The cannibals seem horrible when viewed by someone who doesn't understand them. But when there is no language barrier you can relate to them better. Although I liked this writing style, It made it impossible for me to like any one person. That is why my favorite character is the union of two. Tula and Levi were very difficult for me to like individually. When they are together, I love them both. They complete each other and I feel like that was the entire point of their relationship.
Meghan Kelly did a great job at performing this story. I liked how she voiced each character. I could instantly recognize who was talking even if they had not been introduced to the conversation yet. She does a great job with both female and male voices. I never felt like I was missing out on the story due to poor voice acting. She has a soft voice but it carries well. The sound quality was good and the volume was always stable.She does have a bit of an accent. I placed it as Wisconsin.
Several times I got quite engaged with the plot. I would find myself gripping the steering wheel tight and breaking out in a sweat. There are parts of the book that will keep you wanting more.
There are a few tasteful sex scenes in the book. Parts of the book, especially the end, deal greatly with religion. Mainly Christianity. If you absolutely hate reading books with any religion in them, then you may lose interest at those parts. It is not overwhelming so just hang in there and it actually becomes very important to the plot. This book will make you take sides and then change them. It will force you to pick a view point and then realize you were wrong. I would recommend this book.
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