Author: Tam Linsey
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic
Publication Date: August 5th 2012
Available Formats: Paperback, E-Book
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The only crop left … is human.
After genetically altered weeds devastate Earth’s crop lands, Dr. Tula Macoby believes photosynthetic skin can save the human race, and her people single-mindedly embark on a mission to convert the cannibals roaming what’s left of Earth. But when Levi, a peaceful stranger, refuses alteration, Tula doesn’t think the only options should be conversion or death.
Levi Kraybill, a devout member of the Old Order, left his Holdout farmland to seek a cure for his terminally ill son. Genetic manipulation is a sin, but Levi will do almost anything for the life of his child. When he’s captured, he’s sure he’s damned, and his only escape will be death.
Tula’s superiors schedule Levi’s euthanization, and she risks everything to set the innocent man free. Now she and Levi are outlaws with her people, and she’s an abomination with his. Can they find sanctuary in a cannibal wasteland?
I have not read many self published books this year, but I am so glad that I gave Tam Linsey’s Botanicaust a shot. The writing and editing are flawless…which sadly can’t be said for all self published books. Beyond that though…this is simply a fantastic story. The premise is incredibly unique and refreshing while still managing to fall within the currently very popular “Dystopian” umbrella. (I use the term Dystopian very lightly here as the term has grown beyond it’s true definition to encompass much much more lately.) Add in Cannibals, Immortals, and Amish and what an entertaining mix this book is!!! It sounds like utter craziness but I assure you that it all works.
It is impossible not to be immediately pulled into this story and the characters of Tula and Levi. I loved how their contrasting viewpoints enabled me to see the world from both sides and make up my own mind about the situation. They are wonderfully fleshed out and by the end of the novel their struggle became mine…it was impossible not to connect.
Tam’s worldbuilding leaves nothing to be desired and the story arc itself is fast paced and exciting throughout. Most of all though…I just loved the stories behind the story and how much they really made me think. How far are we pushing science and technology beyond the bounds of what Mother Nature can handle…and how far would any of us be willing to go to ensure the human race’s survival…even if those changes might in some way make us less or more than human??
Don’t hesitate to pick up Botanicaust…I guarantee that any lover of smart well written adult Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic tales will love this one.