Author(s): Chris Howard
Original Publish Date: Nov 01, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.40 hours)
Product Number: Z100129165
Released: Sep 13, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781338244533
Narrator/s: Nick Podehl
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17-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using salvaged scrap metal, 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 missing father used to tell him stories about the Old World. Everything changes when Banyan meets a mysterious woman with a strange tattoo-a map to 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 alliance with Alpha, a beautiful, dangerous pirate with an agenda of her own. As they race towards a promised land that might be a myth, Banyan makes shocking discoveries about his family, his past, and how far people will go to bring back the trees.

Professional reviews

"Award-winning narrator Nick Podehl is perfectly cast for this imaginative postapocalyptic novel. Living in a world devoid of trees, 17-year-old Banyan creates beautiful forests out of scrap metal, despite never having seen a real tree himself. When his father goes missing, Banyan sets out on a journey filled with pirates, poachers, flesh-eating locusts, and a shocking secret about his true identity. Podehl doesn't merely portray this original cast of characters, he enhances them, using tone and cadence to bring them to life. Banyan sounds rustic yet confident; Alpha, the adolescent pirate, is tough, with a subtle femininity; and Crow the Rasta's deep island accent is spot-on, man. The unexpected ending will leave listeners eagerly awaiting the next installment. M.D. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"