Release date - 21st March 2017
Publisher - www.notapipepublishing.com
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
Heather S. Ransom's stunning debut, the YA dystopia Going Green, tackles issues like GMOs, citizens filming acts of police brutality, and political extremism in a fun, fast-paced coming-of-age adventure.
In the future, the color of your skin lets everyone know who you are. The privileged become Green, walking GMOs with plant chloroplasts in their cells who no longer need to eat. Life is good. People are happy.
Well, ...some people.
Not everyone gets to “go Green.”
Calyssa Brentwood, a high school senior just finishing her cellular enhancement, is on her way to the upper ranks of society. Until she finds herself far from the safety of Sci-City,
...on a farm,
...in the middle of a rebel insurgency.
Realizing that nothing is as simple as it seems, Lyssa soon discovers that each choice brings new consequences
...ones that may turn deadly for those she cares about most.
In a future where the human population almost died out because of a virus destroying all of the earth's plant life, scientists and researchers saved the planet by changing humans, or enhancing them, into something more, something special. This process is known as Going Green due to the physical changes involved and is considered to be the ultimate goal - to go green, join the upper echelons of Sci-City, and devote your life to technology and development. For those who cannot afford to have the enhancement procedure, a tougher future lies ahead, where they are ridiculed and deemed as drones, or worse they may join the rebel forces who fight against Sci-City and all that it stands for.
Calyssa Brentwood has waited for the day that her eyes would change colour and the changing process would begin. Finally, she is going to be green and maybe now she will fit in with her father and sister. Maybe now she will feel more comfortable in her own skin. But when a mix-up over spring break finds Calyssa staying out of the city with Ana and her brother Gabe Stayton, life will never be the same for her again. At the farm where everything is done the old way before technology took over, Calyssa begins to find a peace that she never thought possible, and witnessing the love that flourishes in the Stayton home, she cannot help but feel envious of their closeness. But as danger enters their countryside idyll, Calyssa begins to realise that maybe her entire life has been a lie - what if those in power in Sci-City are not as honest as they appear? What if the rebels have genuine reasons to stand together and fight? And as her independence and confidence grow, Calyssa cannot help the feelings that are growing for Gabe, who is so much more than a drone. But with a powerful father and a deeper, darker, threat on the horizon, will Calyssa be brave enough to take a chance and risk it all?
GOING GREEN by Heather S. Ransom is a gripping and addictive dystopian novel that hooked me instantly and kept me riveted to the very last page. With characters that are so much more than what they initially appear to be and a unique and engaging plot, GOING GREEN is a Young Adult novel like no other. The pace is perfect, and the scientific elements of the story fascinating, and I really cannot wait for more from Calyssa and Sci-City. An excellent read!
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5++++++
Life as a middle school science teacher for twenty-four years has allowed Heather an intimate look into the minds of thousands of young adults, most of whom are desperate to find their place in a society constantly changing around them. Many have found escape, ideas for facing challenges, or simply hope for a future where they can make a difference, through reading. So every year, even though she’s teaching science, Heather has her classes read. And they imagine together what their futures might hold, telling stories about advances in technology that could change their world.
Heather grew up in a family that loved stories. Her mom told incredible, fanciful adventures where she, along with her brother and sister, lived in a pond with tadpoles, or traveled across the dusty hills as Native Americans, or howled at the moon with the coyotes. As her mom told these stories, Heather became the character. She felt the water moving through her gills as she swam with Wally Wadpole. She tasted the dust in her mouth while riding her horse, Many Moons, on the hunt to bring back food to her tribe. She heard the coyotes calling her to come play, long after the stories were over. Heather fell in love with a good story, one that immersed her in a world that felt so real she never wanted to leave. This is what she hopes to bring to her readers.
When not teaching or writing, Heather enjoys spending time with the man of her dreams, Marv, and their two absolutely amazing adult kids, Danielle and Marvin. Living in Grants Pass, Oregon, affords her the luxury of ample opportunities in the amazing outdoors, as well as helping out at their local businesses, a pizza pub and cigar shop. “Every day brings a new adventure. Dream the dream you want, then find the way to make it happen.” For more information:
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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