Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #3

'Waiting on Wednesday' is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

Mason has never known his father, but longs to. All he has of him is a DVD of a man whose face is never seen, reading a children’s book. One day, on a whim, he plays the DVD for a group of comatose teens at the nursing home where his mother works. One of them, a beautiful girl, responds. Mason learns she is part of a horrible experiment intended to render teenagers into autotrophs—genetically engineered, self-sustaining life-forms who don’t need food or water to survive. And before he knows it, Mason is on the run with the girl, and wanted, dead or alive, by the mysterious mastermind of this gruesome plan, who is simply called the Gardener.

Will Mason be forced to destroy the thing he’s longed for most?

I first came across this via a review posted by Jenn from Book Crazy. Being the little gene nut that I am, this sounded like exactly my cup of tea. Except, you know, when I think about autotrophic humans, I think 'Wow that's awesome and would totally solve world hunger!', not 'Obviously an evil plan!', but hey-- I guess autonomy's a slight issue. ;)

Even better, I don't have to wait until next year or anything crazy like that-- it's out on May 25th! Granted, I won't be in the US until late July, but the bookstore in Vermont will have it in by then. And you never know, there might be a little bookmobile traversing Mongolia that I can flag down from aboard my rugged little pony.

Or not.



  1. Ooh I want this one too! Great pick. My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.

  2. I've read both good and not-so-good reviews of this book, but I still want to read it. I love the premise. Great pick!


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