I poured so much of myself into my debut novel, ROOTLESS, and I'm honored that Publishers Weekly just awarded me a Flying Start for the book. It's been a great beginning, and I'm excited people are connecting with this story about a 17-year-old who sets off to find the last living trees in a world where no nature survives.
I was inspired while hiking in the Colorado Rockies, surrounded by trees decimated by insect kill. When I imagined a young man building forests out of scrap metal in a future where only engineered corn could grow, I immediately knew this young tree builder would set off on an adventure to find the last real trees.
THANK YOU to all of you who've already embraced the book and reached out to me to discuss the environmental and emotional themes of Banyan's journey. I love connecting with librarians and have enjoyed some wonderful events at libraries so far.
To read the first chapters and connect via my blog, Twitter, and Facebook, please join me at ChrisHowardBooks.com. I'm also giving away signed copies of ROOTLESS winners picked at random. To enter, just write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"There's a brilliant madness to this deadly post-apocalyptic world, filled with complex characters, shifting loyalties, and layers of mystery... it's also a nonstop adventure, with wild concepts and an almost hypnotic quality to Banyan's terse, weather-beaten narration." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Themes of loss, redemption, and sacrifice are explored, along with some big questions about science and family and love... Fans of the Mad Max movies, The Hunger Games, and other blood-pounding, life-or-death adventures will find much to like here." - School Library Journal