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The Gardener

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com

Will there ever be a day when the world runs out of food? What if the entire planet was facing starvation? Should scientists be trying anything and everything to find a solution to this possible problem? Some think they should.

The reader will know, just by looking a...
Will there ever be a day when the world runs out of food? What if the entire planet was facing starvation? Should scientists be trying anything and everything to find a solution to this possible problem? Some think they should.

The reader will know, just by looking at the cover, what the major plot of the story involves and that, paired with the very clear foreshadowing in the beginning chapters, leaves no question. S.A. Bodeen again deals with controversial issues involving medical ethics like she did in THE COMPOUND.

Mason doesn't know his father. The closest Mason has come to seeing him is a video of his dad reading The Runaway Bunny, but even the video doesn't show his father's face - only his hands turning the pages of the book. The only visible, distinguishing mark is a blue butterfly tattoo on his father's arm.

Mason's uneventful life is transformed one night when he goes to confront his mother about the secrets she's been keeping. His mother works at a nursing home, so he is surprised to find she is taking care of four comatose teenagers. After his mother is called away for a meeting, Mason puts in the video of his father reading The Runaway Bunny. He is shocked when one of the teenagers starts talking - a beautiful girl about his age. She is scared to death and feels the need to escape, and Mason can't stand the thought of abandoning her.

The events that follow lead Mason and the girl into unknown territory. She doesn't remember much about where she came from or even her name. The only thing she knows is the intense fear she feels when she thinks about going back and seeing the Gardener, but when her health starts failing Mason has no choice but to take her back. What he discovers changes his life forever.

I was hoping THE GARDENER would be creepier than it was. It really had the potential to be...after all, the tag on the cover says, "This Greenhouse...Grows Humans." Come on, doesn't that sound creepy?

THE GARDENER is a fast-paced story, and even though I wanted it to be scarier, it was still fun to read.

posted by TeensReadToo on May 17, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Sweet Bun, Sour Meat

At first glance, The Gardener soumds like a good book. Original theme, interesting summary, etc, a type of book I would like. However, a few turns into the pages and I realize how horribly wrong I was. The main charatcer has no personality, just a puppet to the plot lin...
At first glance, The Gardener soumds like a good book. Original theme, interesting summary, etc, a type of book I would like. However, a few turns into the pages and I realize how horribly wrong I was. The main charatcer has no personality, just a puppet to the plot line. Short, choppy sentences cam be found everywhere, and the main baddie is no different from all the other countless villans I read.
To sum up the story, the main character finds a girl and magically falls in love with her the second he sees her, but wait, suprise!, the goverment wants her.
The book was agony to read, and I do NOT recommend this to anybody who doesn't want to slap their foreheads and shake theirs heads. This is just not a good book.

posted by 1689784 on November 10, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Sweet Bun, Sour Meat

    At first glance, The Gardener soumds like a good book. Original theme, interesting summary, etc, a type of book I would like. However, a few turns into the pages and I realize how horribly wrong I was. The main charatcer has no personality, just a puppet to the plot line. Short, choppy sentences cam be found everywhere, and the main baddie is no different from all the other countless villans I read.
    To sum up the story, the main character finds a girl and magically falls in love with her the second he sees her, but wait, suprise!, the goverment wants her.
    The book was agony to read, and I do NOT recommend this to anybody who doesn't want to slap their foreheads and shake theirs heads. This is just not a good book.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

    From what I have read about the book, I thought it would be good

    From what I have read about the book, I thought it would be good. After I read the book I was very disappointed. The author could of done better with
    the book entirely. I simply did not expect it the way it would turn out either for the plot. If I would of known of how the story was in the first place
    I would of not bought the book.  A waste of money . 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 17, 2013

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