The Gardener

The Gardener

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The Gardener 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
stampymom More than 1 year ago
The best part of this book for me was the strong male's point of view. Not that Mason never showed emotion because he did, though it never came across as cheesy or over the top. He does have his issues, quite a few actually. However, I didn't feel that he was really whiny about them. Mostly he just seemed matter of fact. Like this is the life I've been dealt, now let's deal with it. I think the issue that he has the most trouble with is not knowing anything about his father. Luckily, he has a great best friend Jack, and he helps Mason maintain some fun and spontaneity in his otherwise boring small town life. Jack also tries to keep Mason grounded when things take a turn for the strange. The Gardener was a fast paced read that left me thinking about the world and the things we do in the name of science for days after I had read it. I definitely recommend it, especially if you enjoy speculative fiction (Fiction that extrapolates from some phenomenon or theory and postulates "What if?".) If you are looking for a guy to love, some romance on the run, twisted with a bit of mystery, then I think you will enjoy this as much as I did.
SanAngeloTexas More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally love this book. Many twists and turns. Kinda creepy in a good way.
La_Femme_Readers More than 1 year ago
The Gardener was an intriguing, fast-paced adventure! S.A. Bodeen's approach to Mason was well-written and helped me establish a means of his character. In his younger years, he was attacked by a dog and lived with the constant attention to his facial scar. I sympathized with Mason off the bat and gained respect for his courageous attitude. Once he visited his mother's job in the nursing home, his ability to roll with the punches surfaced. A girl, who he was automatically attracted to, snaps out of an awkward trance by the voice of his father reading on a DVD. His initial instinct was to get her help by escaping from the Gardener who she continually brings up. Half of the book questioned who this mysterious Gardener was and why this girl was lost and confused. As the answers unraveled I couldn't believe the scientific experiments that went on behind closed doors. I don't want to give too much away but the creativity behind the theory of creating humans to be autotrophs was fascinating. I just wished Bodeen would of presented this experiment with a little more detail. During the runaway period, Mason and the special young lady formed a bond which I thought was sweet. My only negative aspect was the cover's false premise. It didn't actually live up to my expectations to a thrilling Sci-fi. However, The Gardener's plot was still an innovative approach to the slow destruction of our world. I might not agree with it but, I truly thought it was an original idea from start to finish. Finally, I enjoyed this novel and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Stn More than 1 year ago
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 . 
ImNotHPLovecraft More than 1 year ago
This book displays a creative blend of science fiction with real places, events, and theories. The confusing high school life Mason lives by is displayed beautifully in Bodeen's novel. Mason, of whom has a scar on his face from a dog attack as a young boy, has never met, nor remembers his father, as his father is revealed to have only been around when Mason was very young. Mason is offered a scholarship to a scientific organization known as TroDyn. His mother forbids him from accepting, however, Mason finds that something about his mother's work is a little... off. His mother works with four kids, of whom sit and stare, lifelessly, at a television screen. According to their records, they have some form of brain damage. Mason finds himself attracted to one of the kids, a girl his age, however she is as comatose as the other three kids. That is, until he plays the disc of his father reading to him, which snaps the girl out of her trance. The girl insists that they escape for fear someone or something is after her. This book was probably the one of the most enjoyable Summer reading books I've ever read, and I highly suggest reading it whenever the chance is given.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Mason is like many other teenagers - he lives with his Mom in a small town. Only his town is owned by a large corporation called TroDyn, which produces genetically altered plants in the name of sustainability. The only thing he knows about his father comes from a DVD of his Dad reading him a children's book. Other than that, he has never met the man before. Then one day he discovers his Mom is hiding her past from him and goes to confront her at Haven of Peace, her place of work. From there, Mason meets the most beautiful (and curious) girl he has ever seen, and the adventure of his lifetime takes off. In the following twenty-four hours, Mason will learn about himself, his family, the new girl he loves, and will find himself confronting some very complicated situations. Like many other readers, I have been into the whole dystopian-lit trend as of late, so this was an anticipated read. The Gardener has a creepy and cool premise that will get readers to think about the food supply around them. There were times in the story that I thought were a little too contrived, such as Mason learning about autotroph snails in Biology class the day before rescuing a genetically similar girl, or the fact that there just so happened to be a free ATV for Mason and Jack to use right when they needed an escape. Additionally, in that sense the plot was enormously predictable. All that aside however, and this was a fast-paced, easy-to-understand science fiction read. I especially liked the scene in Portland's very own Powell's Bookstore. Yay for Powell's! The Gardener would also be a great pick for the reluctant male reader. S.A. Bodeen is definitely an author to watch.
MichelangelNO More than 1 year ago
Kadin Barrani Book review The Gardener A boy has only one thing that he is longing for, and that is to see his father again. He never understood why he has never seen his father before, but he does not mind at all. He only wants to see what his dad is like. While in class on his first day of school, he learns about a slug that is an autotroph, and does not need to eat or drink any liquids at all. This spikes his curiosity. His teacher explains that is humans has a skin graft from the slug, they would be able to have these abilities afterwards. After this foreshadowing, he comes across something that is beyond detrimental. As it turns out, his life is turned upside down, and on the way, he learns a few things about his father. I enjoyed this book, because it has a sort of science fiction touch that could be realistic. It had fantastic commentary about biology in general, but it also has a few scenes that will get your mind racing about what will happen next. If this does not strike your imagination about theoretical concepts that could possibly solve any world hunger crisis that might arise, you can still enjoy the dialogue. This has always intrigued me to ponder on what life could be alike to if we were to set our sights towards what might seem as ludicrous goals. With this idea in mind, it also has great dialogue with simple enough grammar that you can get lost in the book, page by page until the book is complete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little bit on the creepy side at the ed but it is really good! S. A. Bodeen is a really good author and Ive read most of erbookd hic have all been really good. The Raft, Compound, Fallout and The Gardner are all really good. Cant wait or the Detour to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book I ever read in my short 11year life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Its the kind if book that you wish was a trilogy. Its quite goooood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heartpuller for all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am curently reading this book my teacher choose it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S.A. Bodeen is a very intellegent writer can't wait till the second book comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.