Young adult? Check! Dystopian? Check! Super-squeaky-2010 new? Check!
The Gardener by S. A. Bodeen popped up in my mailbox this week, sent all the way from the US. (Thank you Macmillan!) Apologies for the eeny weeny picture. It's the only one I could find. Released June 2010.
Mason has never known his father, but longs to. All he has of him is a DVD of a man whose face is never seen, reading a children’s book. One day, on a whim, he plays the DVD for a group of comatose teens at the nursing home where his mother works. One of them, a beautiful girl, responds. Mason learns she is part of a horrible experiment intended to render teenagers into autotrophs—genetically engineered, self-sustaining life-forms who don’t need food or water to survive. And before he knows it, Mason is on the run with the girl, and wanted, dead or alive, by the mysterious mastermind of this gruesome plan, who is simply called the Gardener.
Will Mason be forced to destroy the thing he’s longed for most?
Not so much in-my-mailbox as put-in-a-suitcase-and-given-over-brunch is the Millennium series by Stieg Larrson. Thanks to my dad for these ones! I'm halfway through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I am loving it. I'm usually extremely prejudiced against/insanely jealous of mainstream bestsellers, and yet I am still loving it! It's also the third book in a row for me that isn't YA. Lordy, what's going on?? I'm going to have to antidote with some L. J. Smith or something!
Happy weekend to all!