The Treemakers is a young adult dystopian sci-fi romance adventure that would appeal to fans of Divergent, The Maze Runner, and The Hunger Games, with a prose similar to Stephenie Meyer and world-building as rich and complex as J.K. Rowling.
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. She can only dream of the adventure life must've been before their ancestors brought the apocalyptic devastation in the form of disastrous climate change.
In this desolate dystopian future, the Greenleigh orphans are "privileged" with the task of building mechanical trees for the post-apocalyptic survivors in 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.
©2015 Christina L. Rozelle (P)2015 Christina L. Rozelle
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"better then what i expected"
I was a bit unsure how this book would go. Started out a bit slow and very easy to follow and then it got better and better it was so hard to stop listing to the book when i need to shut it off. I really enjoyed it , it was differnt story , some twist and turns and some heart reaching parts . Can not wait for book 2
"Light in the darkness."
I loved this read!! It had a whole new twist then what I've read before to a dystopian read. The "world" you thought you knew, the "life" your forced to live and work in is a lie, and not what you thought of at all. Truths are revealed, secrets uncovered, pushed to the limits, finding new love and new friends. I loved this book, and can't wait for the second one!!! :)
"Fantastic YA Dystopian Novel~A Bright New Voice"
The Treemakers, by Christina Rozelle is one of the most refreshingly new and exciting YA dystopians I've listened to for a long time. It is a vivid tale of strength, loss, renewal, courage but most of all self-discovery.
The main character, Joy, lives in a closed society we eventually discover is an underground city devoted purely to making trees. These mechanical trees will replenish the sickened, oxygen starved world above ground. Of course we know this can't be true. But Joy and her friends do not. All the adults have died rather suddenly from some unknown disease, and only a handful of teens are left to care for the remaining survivors, if you can call them that. We know they are slaves.
When Joy and her friends discover a way out of their horrible situation do they dare grab it? They could be trading one terrible situation for another. But Joy's bravery tells and their adventure begins. And what an adventure!
Ms. Rozelle's characters are her strength as is her ability to create an amazingly real plot with her smooth and descriptive prose. I was living that story with those kids, laughing and crying, holding my breath, cheering and jumping for "Joy" as she and her friends brave adventure after heart-pounding adventure. To tell the truth, I was quite depressed when, after completing this story, I discovered I must wait over a month for the release of the sequel. Great job, Ms. Rozelle. I can't wait!
Most highly recommended!
"SciFi YA Dystopian what more can you want"
Yes I would this book was a very great to read and listen to. It really draws you in to the story.
The Giver I suppose I don't usually read dystopian books but the cover of this one drew my eye and I had to read it.
All of the L. Starr was a great narrator
Joy I would have to ask her how she did it. And what she was thinking and feeling.
This book was a really awesome book to listen to and read Christina really knows how to creat a story that seems real to the readers. She created a brand new concept for ya dystopian that I never heard of before just proving how talented she is as a writer.This book will draw out many emotions from you so be prepared. Joy and the other children have become the adults in this book by working in the TreeFactory and taking care of the orphans. I loved and hated certain characters. I Love Joy and the Treemakers a lot I can't wait to see what Christina comes up with next.this book is very vivid.
"can't get past the whiney teenager voice"
I'd swear this bored teen girl was forced to read this. "ohmagaw read aloud? ugh whatever". I've heard so much about the book that I thought I'd give it a try but I can't get past Kristen Stewart's emotionless twin.
"Story is great"
well thought out plot
The end when she finds out a lot of the truths about their situation
The story itself is an action packed one of a kind story. Christina creates a story of dystopian unique to itself. I wouldn't say its like anything else and I mean that in a good way. It falls under the catagory of books like hunger games and divergant. The treemakers bring something to the table that makes it one of a kind. I only had an issue with the narrator. For a book of this calibur the narrator was monotone all the way. The narrator made me think of naptime. The narrator did not affect my loving the book though. I absolutely fell in love with the story. I cant wait to read more. I will be reading the rest myself though.
The author created an unexpected world of young children enslaved and forced to make artificial trees.The main character is Joy who struggles to protect and provide for the other children.The book focuses on the groups attempts at escape from their situation and to find a better life.The narrater was pleasant to listen to. I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
She did an amazing job. Very consistent in tone and volume.She made the book come to life.
What kind of question is that? Stupid.
By Christina L. Rozelle Narrated By L.Starr
Dystropian/ YA. The Treemakers. What an amazing book. Christina L.Rozelle is Brilliant and will blow your mind with this piece of art. She transports you to a barren world with a landscape from a nightmare. Wonderfully written characters who’s interactions are believable.
This story takes place in a land that is still feeling the effects of chemical fallout. Adults are done away with at age 30.The only adults are the Four Superiors: Mona Superior Cherry voice, Diaz Superior Cruel and hateful son of Arianna , Emmanuel Superior Likes wigs and frilly clothing ,has a deviant streak and likes to assert his charms over the children Arianna Superior Seems to be number one in charge The children calls her the “Corpse women.” Each is crueler than the one before. The other adults are the Superior’s henchmen. One guard is named Humphrey. The eldest of the children and lead characters are Joy (Momma Joy ) to the young children she will be 16 in may, she watches over all the girls in the Tree factory, she tells the a bedtime story most nights. Aby Joy’s best friend and a few older girls like Serna help Joy when needed Joy has fond memories of her father and the time before they came here. Her father was a Magician who she had seen perform once in front of a crowd. Her mother died of cancer when she was still young.
Then there is Jax He is 17. He looks after the boy children like a big brother might. Miguel is his closest friend. Jax and Joy have been venturing out after hours exploring the sub-levels of the tree factory, Humphrey, a lackluster guard lets them sneak out, as long as they bring him liquor or other treasures they find on their excursion. They are looking for the old trolley tunnels, maybe a way out for them and all the children. They always take Breathers with them because the air in the Tree Factory is not safe in all areas.
Joy and Jax stumble on what they believe to be a porthole to the outside on the 23rd sub level.
The theme of this book is, “Take the dark with the light and build on.” It is one of taking chances, the unbreakable human spirit, hope, grief and triumph and self-sacrifice and friendship.
They meet a strange person that is not from the Tree Factory. There is something about Smudge, in her eyes that Joy feels she can trust her. Jax is not so quick to trust her. They ask Smudge to help them get all the kids out of Bygone. Smudge is not receptive to the idea. Jax & Joy take Aby and Miguel to see the mysterious porthole they stumbled onto. The action pact story continues.
I won’t tell you any more . Pick up this amazing book to continue the fast pace story.
"A Great Concept, Terrible Execution"
Let me begin by saying I was given an Audible download for this book in exchange for an honest review. That being said I can promise that the fact that I received this book for free has in no way colored my opinion of it.
A narrator can make or break a story. In this case, I had to overcome the narrator’s grating and monotonous voice in order to try to like the story. This did not start things off well. Just take my advice and do not get any audiobooks narrated by L. Starr.
Even in attempting to look solely at the story, I couldn’t find much to like.
The story sounded great. The Earth has become a desolate wasteland after a large hole was created in the ozone. In the unforgiving climate, trees must be made to produce oxygen and purify the toxic air. The treemakers are children forced into appalling conditions and slave labor doing a job that would be too dangerous for many adults. Joy Montgomery, a curious and fierce treemaker, will try to save those she loves from the horrors the Superiors inflict upon them and bring them to Paradise.
This is not the story was not nearly as enthralling as I had hoped.
Initially, and to my disappointment throughout the entirety of the novel, there is minimal description at best. Many of the characters are only vaguely described, including the main character, Joy. The characters were usually only given a name to start with. Their descriptions are so spread out that I had trouble picturing them as a whole. Or I was forced to build my own picture of the characters, without guidance from the author, that by the time I was given a description or part of one, it wouldn’t stick.
Scene description are left lacking as well. While every scene can’t be described in exact, picture perfect detail the main locations, such as the treemakers’ factory, or important scenes need to be properly set and described. Many times the descriptions were vague and incomplete.
The horrific monsters that prowl the underground was another wonderful opportunity that fell flat. A number of creatures attack the treemakers as they flee the factory for some place better. Each time, the descriptions are vague and incomplete. Jumpers sound like rabid bunnies. In another instance, I thought one character was killed by a jaguar, but it’s something called a reaper. While these might in actuality be the same thing by the description alone I'm left a little confused. Blood bugs are eventually revealed to be giant cockroaches but not until after several run-ins with little description. The lack of description here took away from the horror of these attacks and subsequently whatever character deaths occur as I struggled to picture what was happening.
The first character death happens quickly. A boy, Toby, gets outside and is burned alive in the blazing heat of the sun. Really, I couldn’t care less. I was given no reason to care about this boy. While I gather Joy’s reaction is meant to be incredibly distraught at having seen a friend die horribly, I find it to be half-hearted. She screams. She cries. But I don’t feel the emotions behind it. Throughout the novel, it is rare that I ever feel what the characters are feeling.
The conversations are terrible. They don’t feel organic, but forced and clunky. They're simplistic at best and downright ridiculous at their worst. There are exceptions, but not many. The conversations are incredibly repetitive. Many of the characters repeat the same questions or phrases multiple times within the same conversation. In one part, after a Joy kills a certain Superior, she talks with a few of the other treemakers and each one of them says the same thing followed by the exact same responses from Joy. Each conversation goes exactly like this with some slight deviation:
Friend: Joy, is that you?
Joy: Yeah, it’s me.
Friend: Did you kill him?
Joy: Sure did!
Friend: Your plan was brilliant. You’re awesome.
It’s annoying and boring. But let’s move on.
The Superiors. There are four that run the treemakers’ factory. Arianna Superior who is the head honcho and totally insane. Diaz Superior the drunk. Mona Superior who calls everything a "privilege" and seems rather oblivious. And Emmanuel Superior who seems to has a fetish with women’s clothing and hair. This guy is a sadistic bastard. The Superiors are incredibly well crafted. Their descriptions are glorious and reminiscent of the way people dress in The Capitol in The Hunger Games. Why?!?! Why are the rest of the characters not described this well?
My only problem with the Superiors is the inconsistency in their behavior. They're soft (maybe not kind but, at least, a moment as weakness) and then vicious. For instance, at one point Joy insults Arianna Superior to her face in front of the entire factory. So what does the evil witch do? NOTHING!!!!! Ok, something. She takes away one meal but this hardly even seems like a slap on this wrist compared to the insult. It doesn’t jive with her character.
The love interest…just no. This should not have been included. The “love” between Jax and Joy and the intimate moments between them are some of the most awkward I have ever read. All of those scenes should have been scrapped. The spark between Joy and Mateo is a little bit better. However, the insta-love that sprung up in both cases is terrible. I mean really? Both love interest just immediately fall in love with Joy upon seeing her? Maybe I would ok with one instance of this (probably not) but two is entirely ridiculous.
Joy. The girl that everyone falls in love with. That everyone looks up to. That is incredibly altruistic. Hardly. This character is incredibly bland and boring. And what’s worse is that she sits on a high horse and belittles the others. As Abby and Jax grieve a dead friend, she rails them and thinks of them as weak. She doesn’t grieve for her own dead friend. Instead, she simply shrugs it off and moves on. I"M NOT EVEN JOKING! Just a few paragraphs after her friend dies she has already decided she doesn't want to waste time grieving him! Can you say "cold-hearted bitch"? She calls it being strong. I call it…..well I already said what I would call it. Let’s just say I would punch Joy in the face if she was a real person. Somehow I’m sure this was not how I was supposed to feel about her.
There was a character that I really came to love, though. Smudge. Smudge is incredibly awkward and standoffish. But she is oh so lovable and utterly hilarious. She stumbles as she interacts with the others and she may be blunt, but this only makes her more endearing. And her back story. Incredible! (AGAIN where was this kind of detail in the rest of the novel???) One of the few scenes I truly loved surrounded what Smudge is. This part was amazing. If even half the book was as detailed and interesting as this part, I’m sure I would have loved it.
Now, on a positive note, there were a couple plot twists that I thought were expertly executed (this is where the second star gets tacked on). What is Smudge? What are her intentions? What is she trying to do? What is actually going on with the trees? Who makes the treemakers slop? All of these questions highlight some of the best scenes. (seriously, why isn't the rest of book like this? WHY????) But a few good snippets do not make a good book.
Even through all of these shenanigans, I had hoped the end would wrap the book up gloriously and maybe even intrigue me into reading the second book. Alas, my hopes were dashed. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!! Joy is pregnant! Now I could be wrong. But I only remember her kissing Jax and Mateo. Unless sex ed. taught me something crazy, that doesn’t make a baby. (I am willing to grant that maybe I missed something in the novel as I drifted off out of boredom if that’s the case…well so be it) I really have no desire to find out what will happen to this star of 16 & Pregnant.
All in all, I didn’t like this story. While the premise was incredibly interesting, the story ended up being a huge letdown. A lot of details were neglected and the story itself contained a lot of holes and inconsistencies. In the end, I only struggled through to the end because I had promised a review. Without that promise, I probably would have given up before ever getting half way through.
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