Calyssa Brentwood, an entitled high school senior who has just finished her chloroplast cellular enhancement in order to "go Green," is now the newest citizen of the Green Commonwealth of SciCity, on her way to finding her place in the upper ranks of her community . . . until she meets Gabe Stayton, an unlikely lab partner, gifted in science and math, and the only person she knows who has chosen to not be enhanced. Through a series of unusual events, Lyssa, a true city girl, ends up at a farm for spring break during the middle of a rebel insurgency that jeopardizes the safety of Green citizens. For the first time in her life, she must face a battle that threatens the lives of those around her as she learns that nothing is as simple as it seems on the surface. Can she save what she loves most in her life? Or is the price too high?
|Publisher:||Not a Pipe Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Heather grew up in a family that loved stories. Her mom told incredible, fanciful adventures where she, along with her brother and sister, lived in a pond with tadpoles, or traveled across the dusty hills as Native Americans, or howled at the moon with the coyotes. As her mom told these stories, Heather became the character. She felt the water moving through her gills as she swam with Wally Wadpole. She tasted the dust in her mouth while riding her horse, Many Moons, on the hunt to bring back food to her tribe. She heard the coyotes calling her to come play, long after the stories were over. Heather fell in love with a good story, one that immersed her in a world that felt so real she never wanted to leave. This is what she hopes to bring to her readers.
When not teaching or writing, Heather enjoys spending time with the man of her dreams, Marv, and their two absolutely amazing adult kids, Danielle and Marvin. Living in Grants Pass, Oregon, affords her the luxury of ample opportunities in the amazing outdoors, as well as helping out at their local businesses, a pizza pub and cigar shop. "Every day brings a new adventure. Dream the dream you want, then find the way to make it happen."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Heather Ransom has written an amazing young adult futuristic novel. I had a hard time putting it down; she shares on so many levels, including life as a teenager with adventure and a little romance. I enjoyed her dialogue and lovely descriptions; she gives us a glimpse of lives from the past, present, and future. She presents a cautionary message but with hope. When was the last time you sat down to a dinner, with a non-GMO home-cooked meal, and shared about your day with family and friends?
What does the world look like when the modification of reality reaches the molecules of the human body? In what ways will fractured populations gravitate toward technological enhancements in order to survive, and how might they turn against one another in the process? The future is here, and it’s called Going Green. The novel, a first from the talented writer and science teacher, Heather Ransom, explores these themes through a frighteningly relevant plot trajectory. Calyssa Brentwood is a teenager dealing with typical teenage issues: crushes and love, popularity, a pre-occupied father, and a high-maintenance older sister. But she and her community are also living through something of a civil war. Calyssa’s been brought up to believe in the power of scientific enhancements, and she’s a young woman sheltered by her privilege, until absolutely everything changes, and she’s forced to reckon with the natural world and those who are willing to die to protect it. The complications of immunity based on skin color are artfully woven into the story in endless shades of green, outside the language of the current politic. This is a fresh and compelling story with an objective eye on the rural versus the urban, tech creativity, and irreconcilable differences in the human condition. Do not miss the chance to read it.