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'm a little wary of books that involve magical plants, mostly as, with the exception of Harry Potter, I haven't come across very many that I've enjoyed. But this dystopian novel sounds quite interesting. I have in my head that greenhouse scene from The Minority Report, lol. I've heard good--albeit twisted--things about the author's first book, The Compound, and so I'm hoping this will be a good addition to the dystopian YA genre!
That cover is uncomfortably creepy for me, though...
The Gardener will be released in hardcover from Feiwel & Friends on May 25, 2010.