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The Gardener

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 16 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 11 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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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    Very Good Read

    Well written and enjoyable book. Bodeen book stretches current technology only slightly for the concept and keeps everything in a grey area between good and evil. I found it interesting and just long enough to make it and easy and fun read that kept my interest all the way to the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Omg

    I totally love this book. Many twists and turns. Kinda creepy in a good way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    thers another one

    its called the compound

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Qwerty

    Worst book I ever read in my short 11year life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a great book!!!!!!!!! I <3 the middle!!!!!! I think bit is a great choice of words. It is so sad though. Just to hink that this might someday happen to us is just horrifying!!!! To think we might eventualy have to become plants to survive starvation? WOW!!!! The book is right though. War will end us before starvation does, but I would still never think of giving up my child for torture like that even if it could possibly keep the generation alive after stavation. As the book said, Cuba survived by growing gardens. I think we would too. Just let me tell you, there is a.... SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!! Sorry. Bye!!!!! Read it. Ireccomend it. If that isn't enough then remember that it got picked for the Mark Twain Reading Program. It eill more than likely win. See ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is rediculously awesome. I would recomend rhis book ro anyone and usually i dont read so that tells you something. I love the mix of mystery and love in the book now im anxious for the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Loved it

    Omg amazing! I loved it i wish they made a number too tho to she if she was nomal and to see if they were together forever..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Exelent

    A heartpuller for all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    I love it!!

    This book is great!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Great book

    S.A. Bodeen is a very intellegent writer can't wait till the second book comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Grea book

    I loved the idea of modifying humans so they could perform photosynthesis. Very smart though might not work in real life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Good book

    Although I have read better books, I could not seem to put this book down. If you are going to buy this book it is fast paced!!! I have a quick mind and got the book easily but, my friend was a little slow and had to backtrack a couple of times but all and all this book should be on your must read list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Excellent book.

    This one captured my interest from the beginning and didn't let go until the credits. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Intreging

    This story is actully pretty intresting. The plot includes drama ,suspence,and even a little gore. Once I read the book the ending was so cool and it had an odd ironic twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Recommended

    Even though this book is kinda creepy and a little weird you'll fall in love with the Characters and you'll feel what they feel and you can just imagine what is happening...I would definitely recomend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    I'm confused

    You guys should stopgolng back and forth
    Shuold I read it or not??!!!
    Makeup your minds peoples!!!!!
    Teehee ;-)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    WONDERFUL BOOK!

    This book is one of my top favorites among a few. The end of each chapter makes you keep reading. In addition to that, the characters are great. Actioned packed and Realistic overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    This is my favorite book of all time.

    Although it is a little predictable, I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Great Book

    One of the best books I have ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Awesome

    Loved it but i kind of predicted it.

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