The Gardener

November 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

“We should all be afraid of the Gardener.”

Two unexpected things happened the day Mason was attached by his neighbor’s dog at the age of five: he got 97 stitches in his face and he saw his father for the first time.  Or…some of him anyway.  The video Mason’s mom showed him only showed the man from the neck down as he read from  The Runaway Bunny.  He wasn’t exactly a dad, but that video was the closest Mason had ever gotten to his father. 

Over the years, that video became his security blanket, but he couldn’t know that one day, the video would awaken a catatonic girl from what seemed like a trance.  What was it about his father’s voice that woke her up?  Who was she?  Even she didn’t seem to know for sure; she just knew she had to escape “the Gardener.”  As she and Mason go on the run, Mason discovers that her origins are more disturbing than he ever could have imagined, and he knows he must find a way to save her from the Gardener.

My Review: I hadn’t read science fiction for a long time before reading this, and I forgot how scifi really makes you think about the big questions.  Should “the greater good” really trump the rights of an individual?  Can a person do something evil with good intentions without becoming evil himself?  What makes someone human? 

The Gardener made me think about all this and more, while wrapping it all up in a fast -paced story about two teens on the run from a sinister  corporation.  I wish the ending had been drawn out more, because the fate of the girl left me with some unanswered questions, but overall, this was a solid science fiction story that made me think. 

Check out The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen at the library today.  You can also read an excerpt here.



Entry filed under: book reviews, NaBloPoMo10, new books.

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