Rootless by Chris HowardRootless by Chris Howard


byChris Howard

Hardcover | November 1, 2012

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A dazzling eco-thriller set in a terrifying world with some chilling similarities to our own...

In a devastated world where plants can no longer grow, seventeen-year-old Banyan scrapes together a living as a Tree Builder, creating metal forests for the elite. However, all that changes when Banyan meets a girl with a strange tattoo that contains the key to a priceless treasure-the last trees on the planet.

When he learns that his missing father also left to find the trees, Banyan sets off across a wasteland from which no one returns. If the pirates and poachers don't get you, the locusts will. Ever since the plants died, the locusts have developed a taste for human flesh...

But Banyan isn't the only one looking for the trees and is forced to make an uneasy alliance with Alpha, a beautiful, pink-haired pirate with a sharp tongue and even deadlier aim. As they race toward a legendary Zion that might well be a myth, Banyan makes some chilling discoveries about his family, his past, and the terrifying lengths to which scientists are willing to go to bring trees back to earth.

Chris Howard is an avid outdoorsman who's taught forest ecology at Colorado State, worked for the National Park Service, and led teen wilderness trips around the world. He lives in Denver. Check out his website:
Title:RootlessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.54 × 5.74 × 1.17 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545387892

ISBN - 13:9780545387897


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching and exciting! They call it the "Rift", the disaster that turned the earth on a big piece of wasteland. This is the world of Rootless, a world where what they value the most is what we take for granted... trees. Banyan is a tree builder... because in his world there are no more trees. With pieces of trash, junk, Leds and recycling stuff, Banyan learned from his father how to add to his world what they were missing the most. Until one day Banyan's father goes missing leaving young Banyan alone. A year later, he gets a picture from a girl named Zee, in which he see his father chained to a tree... a real tree! I never imagined a world without trees... until now. Mr. Howard really made me think about this to the point that I felt bad holding the book in my hands. I think this book creates conscience about something we are so use to have around that we take it for granted. But what if we didn't? what if this world was void of trees? Have you ever think about how much we depend on them? From something as simple as breathing to furniture. From houses to books, BOOKS!! Wood is all around us. It is incredible how much we depend on trees and I never realized how much we need them, until I read this book. Thank you Mr. Howard :) The voice is definitely what I love the most about Rootless Banyan is an authentic teenage character that I grew to love a lot through the course of the book. Banyan swears as much as any other teenage boy, but at the same time, there is so much beauty in his thoughts. Many times during the book I bookmarked passages (Banyan's thoughts) that I found immensely touching. I loved the contrast that Mr. Howard gave to this character and how well his beautiful prose intertwines with the kind of dialect the characters speak. I really felt that in Banyan was this average teenage boy who swears and fancies girls, and the artist who build trees out of junk. In addition, I have to mention that not only I felt in love with Banyan, but also with Alpha. She is Banyan's love interest and I loved seeing such a different female character. Alpha is a pirate and she is all badass with her mohawk, yet she also has this contrast side of her where tenderness can easily be found. But of course they are not the only characters in this tale and readers should really look forward to meet Zee, Crow, Frost and all the rest of them :) Even though I really like this book, sometimes the pace was a bit slow. It wasn't the constant crescendo that makes me swallow books in one seat. Maybe that's why Rootless wasn't a book that made me turn pages with no stop.. Regardless this, I believe Rootless is definitely a great debut novel and I look forward for the sequel! Chirs Howard delivers a tale where the value of nature is as important as the value of family, love and friendship. Rootless is a dangerous adventure and a touching tale that I gladly recommend!
Date published: 2012-11-01

Read from the Book

From RootlessThe noise was louder now, whining like a broken engine. I pulled myself up as Alpha yanked at the door to the cockpit. But she slipped back as the door flew open. And then she was hanging off the purple tubing that ran below. Ten feet down. Ten feet too far.The sun went black as locusts swarmed above us, spiraling out of the sky as I scrambled below the cockpit."Go," Alpha screamed, but I just kept reaching for her as the locusts closed in. I felt their wings beat the wind through my hair, and they bored through my shoes as I shoved Alpha into the cab and spun around to seal the door tight behind us.They hammered at the glass windows. They rattled at the walls. A black cloud. A blur of wings and sharp little mouths.I was glad the book was in a new hiding place, buried behind the popcorn. Because there aren't many of them left, books like that. People burned most of them to keep warm during the Darkness. And after the Darkness, there were no new books because there was no more paper.The locusts had come.And there were no more trees.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Rootless*"An impressive debut . . . There's a brilliant madness to this deadly postapocalyptic world, filled with complex characters, shifting loyalties, and layers of mystery." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Fans of the Mad Max movies, The Hunger Games, and other blood-pounding, life-or-death adventures will find much to like here, and will look forward to further installments." -School Library Journal"In his ambitious debut, Howard constructs a crumbling, brutal, ignorant, mystical, and barren world, and he gets his environmental message across clearly." -Booklist