Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Tree of Rebels by Chantelle Atkins - Book review

 Book review of The Tree of Rebels by Chantelle Atkins



I was delighted when the author Chantelle asked if I would like to read an ARC copy of her new book. I'd previously read and loved The Mess of Me so I jumped at the chance to read this novel. Her new book was different from the others that I'd read and set in the year 2145 after the great war. The storyline intrigued me so I really looked forward to starting the novel, and wasn't disappointed. This was a great read that kept me up until all hours, desperate for answers for Lissie and her situation.


'There will always be those who say no, Lissie. There will always be those who do not believe what they are told. There will always be those who rebel.' It's 2145. 13-year-old Lissie Turner lives in the peaceful community of Province 5. Everyone is provided for and everyone is grateful. Everyone obeys the rules. Lissie has never questioned her society until she falls into a daydream and wanders beyond the fence that keeps them safe. She finds an apple tree which changes her life and threatens to blow her world apart. Growing food has been forbidden since the last war ended 70 years ago. All food is raised under the Domes. With the discovery of the tree, Lissie finds herself breaking the rules. And if she believes what her dying Great-Grandmother has been trying to tell her, she must question everything she has ever been told. Who really started the Endless War? And it is really over? As she uncovers the shocking truth, Lissie must choose between conformity and rebellion, between living a lie and tearing her peaceful community apart... A YA dystopian adventure about a future disconnected from nature

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 My review

Wow! What an amazingly exciting book. I was immediately drawn into young Lissie's perfect world behind the fence. Everything was provided in the post war world and all was calm. But when Lissie stumbles across a out of place twisty apple tree, after wandering through the fence, everything is different. This novel was so exciting, I was there with Lissie so the whole way. She is such a feisty character and even though sometimes she knows that staying quiet would help her case, she cant help herself but fight for her and her great grandmother's beliefs. Her parents are unusually calm, confused and patient, although still want her to conform, indicating that something isn't right in their perfect world. Her father is baffled by her reaction to events behind the fence. Her friend is also a great character and totally the opposite to her, giving her grounding in the novel.

As the novel develops the tension builds and shocking situations make you draw breath. Lissie's world threatens to come crashing down, as her fourteenth birthday approaches. I was totally drawn into Lissie's thoughts and feelings and the gritty novel was certainly a page turner. The book ends on a dramatic cliffhanger so I was relieved to read that there is a next book and I wouldn't be left on the edge of my seat desperate to know which decision she chooses! Cant wait to read the next novel. Great book from Atkins, really enjoyable, tension, action-adventure, read.


More about the author:



Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to both reading and music, and is on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere, This Is The Day and has recently released a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories.


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