The Plants

The Plants

by Ken McKenney

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ISBN-13: 9780553198287
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1984

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The Plants 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
goydaeh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this environmental apocalyptic horror novel, plants rise up (sometimes literally) to give humanity a warning that the planet doesn't need them, and is more than ready to wipe them out if they don't change their ways. The action of the novel takes place primarily in the English village of Brandling (population: 40), ground zero for the plantocalypse.The novel primarily follows protagonist Philip Monk, Brandling resident and BBC popular science reporter, as he returns to Brandling to investigate a 13-foot marrow squash that has grown and to see how it relates to other rumors of surprising plant growth and behavior during an especially lush summer. Other leads include Ted Wilkes, something of a lay preacher, who deduces on his own what the plants are trying to tell humanity, and Monk's daughter Debbie, who can hear the plants talk.McKenney's character dynamics work very well, whether within the Monk family or in the cast of locals gathered at the local bar, The Bunch of Grapes, but the plot stumbles badly in the middle, when everyone knows what's going on but the book isn't long enough to conclude. And there's the question of how sending a message to a village of forty people is supposed to convince the entire human race to change course. All in all, it's a decent study in character, and a unique apocalypse tale, but not terribly memorable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have the paper back version of this book. I actually got it in a used book store in Selah, Washington called Olympic Book Supply. It's pretty darn good, I enjoy the plot and suspense. However, it does reek of environmental wacko-sim just a bit with tht theme. But again, it's a very good book. It's worth the read, just keep the wacko-ism thing in mind.