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Linsey does an impressive job of illustrating the difficulties of communication barriers when language and culture are so different they seem insurmountable. Even at the most stressful of times though, the humanity of the individuals we meet shines bright. In addition to the story of Tula and Levi, Botanicaust also introduces us to the character of Vitus. Although he is easily painted as the bad guy, he is an excellent representation of the kind of Nationalistic and Selfish mentality which keeps people, even today, from reaching out, across their comfort zone and finding peace.

He a symbol of racism and classism, and with his entitlement comes the worst aspects of human nature. The intricacy of the medical explanations and detail to which Ms. Linsey explains the science involved makes the concept of green people, pulling nourishment from the sunlight through their skin completely believable. She manages to do the same in representing the religious beliefs of the Old Order without ever looking like she is either proselytizing or condescending their beliefs.

An absolutely impressive work, Botanicaust is just the kind of thing I love. All the while, Botanicaust is an entertaining and at times quite romantic story. Highly recommended. May 14, Carol Kean rated it it was amazing. Dystopia, apocalypse, hubris: just when I think I've seen it all, someone comes up with a fresh twist on familiar themes and archetypes. Botanicaust is thought provoking and intriguing; full of conflict, tension, sex appeal and longing. Humans genetically engineered for photosynthesis?

The cover and the synopsis, along with the author bio, had me so excited, I bumped this novel to the top of my queue, even though Dystopia, apocalypse, hubris: just when I think I've seen it all, someone comes up with a fresh twist on familiar themes and archetypes. The cover and the synopsis, along with the author bio, had me so excited, I bumped this novel to the top of my queue, even though a thousand other authors have ASKED me to read and review their novels. Tam Linsey has toured the superconducting supercollider.

She hunts moose and manages to garden in Alaska. She writes speculative fiction and gluten-free cookbooks. My expectations were so high, I was afraid I'd drop the book cold after the first chapter and wish it were as good as it sounded. I'm happy to report the book is as good as I expected! And now I'm frustrated. I can't see a way to discuss the themes of "Botanicaust" without plot spoilers. So many issues, scientific and ethical. So many characters and conflicts, all handled well, but in a novel filled with page-turning suspense, I can't say much. The "Fossilite" doctor with the red, bloodshot eyes could give me nightmares.

Eww, halt the experiments, guys. The journey to his mountain hideaway has an epic feel, like reaching the Wizard of Oz. Truly nightmarish, vivid, memorable details. I want to talk about a certain pair of siblings who get separated. I'm totally counting on Tam Linsey to bring them back together in a sequel. Are you listening, Tam? You can make it happen. I just saw "Frozen," and those sisters tugged at my heartstrings in a Disney way, but they don't even begin to compare with the girls in Botanicaust.

Family members in real life and in this novel father and son, e.

The girls in this novel are especially engaging and wonderful. And they're minor characters. Levi and Tula are, of course, even more riveting and compelling. The religious beliefs are handled so skillfully. The people are real. Just, way too real, maddeningly real. In real life, we know them. Tula's dilemma at the end, choosing between her new life and Levi's patriarchal lifestyle, is a theme that will never go out of date.

I love this novel. It's one of those that make you think. Find a predictable romance. This one is too rich, too deep, and so thought provoking, it'll be in my head for days or years to come. Nobody recommended this to me, nor did the author ask me for a review, nor had I even heard of her until this indie novel showed up "free" via the Amazon Daily Deal newsletter. Well I certainly have a better understanding of the world after Botanicaust since reading the book and the short did indeed make much more sense once I got really into it. In this novel we follow Tula, a doctor that works with cannibals.

She prepares them for conversion; if they fail to want or be appropriate for conversion to a plant-like person they are euthanized I do not think any of the factions involved in the plot are correct in the way they deal with life. First you have the Halladanian- Well I certainly have a better understanding of the world after Botanicaust since reading the book and the short did indeed make much more sense once I got really into it. First you have the Halladanian- these are the plant like people. They eat very little and require a specific amount of sunshine and water a day just like plants do.

Their skin is green and they believe their way of life is the only way of life. They often force people they kidnap to convert, which is an extremely painful process. They also kill people and ask questions later. They kill them because a lot of people outside the protectorate city are cannibals. Then you have the cannibals- they are a group of human that are called tribes. They have somehow managed to survive the botanicaust by eating each other. The weakest, generally the oldest or youngest in the tribe is sacrificed for the tribe to eat.

They attack anyone that is not in their tribe for food, as well. A third section of people are the Fossilites-They are people who live in the mountain caves and have manipulated science in order to make themselves immortal. A consequence of this action is for all that they birth have downs syndrome and eventually they suffer from elder diseases. They have little conscience over what they are doing to better themselves.

They appear to be very selfish individuals. Lastly there are the hold outs. They are a German speaking almost puritan Christian group of people that live behind electric fences. They are overly righteous and consider everyone that is not like them an abomination. In fact anyone who disagrees with them is shunned and even those that were kidnapped from them are considered not of God. Anyone not of God is not worthy of their company. They call themselves the Old Order. I was so irritated and frustrated at the end of this book, I wanted to punch someone.

Each group had major faults and cared for no one but themselves. It felt like they only wanted what they felt was right and anything that swayed from that deserved death. I did not like any group because of their selfish, self-righteous Bertha better than you attitude. It was as if each group had great ways of helping everyone but felt they had the right to decide who deserved to get help and who deserved death or to be turned into test subjects.

Now, that being said, I loved the book and cannot wait to read the next one. I am hoping that all the factions learn to live with one another, and it will be exciting to see where the story will take me. I have rated this a 5 out of 5 and rate the short that goes with it the same. With independently published books, you never know what you're going to get. With Botanicaust, you get a professional-level product all the way around. Professional presentation. Professional editing. Professional story. Professional writing. This book is a keeper, and I look forward to more from Tam Linsey.

She's a writer to watch for. Set in a dystopian future, isolated groups have adapted to environmental collapse in different ways. One group, the Amish, have adapted by maintaining a close-kni With independently published books, you never know what you're going to get. One group, the Amish, have adapted by maintaining a close-knit, self-sufficient farming community. By the end of the book, I had a real feel for the strengths and weaknesses of the farmers, who are presented sympathetically and realistically.

A more scientifically advanced group has discovered immortality and immorality , but at great cost. This group is the least developed, serving mostly as a foil to the others. Finally, and most originally, the third group adapted by transforming themselves into plants--sort of. Their skin is capable of photosynthesis. Author Linsey has the scientific chops to make this idea seem plausible. Put Levi, a man from the religious farmers, together with Tula, a green scientist from the photosynthetic people, and their world will be the same. My only quibble was with the villain.

I never learned the reason for his antipathy for Tula, and though he got his comeuppance, it was handled in a few sentences of narration, whereas I wanted to see him get what he deserved. But that was a relatively small point in an otherwise excellent book. Highly recommended!

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I was very enthusiastic in the beginning of my reading of this book. The settings were great; a post-apocalyptic world, in a rather distant futur, the humans divided in at least four fractions, very unequally organized savage cannibals ones, traditional and very pious ones, scientific ones , and a clever narration, really smooth, without any info-dump, yes! The idea of altered human beings, with green photosynthetic skin, particularly appeals to me.

The whole reading was quite good, but I lose I was very enthusiastic in the beginning of my reading of this book. The whole reading was quite good, but I lose some of my interest in the end, when the novelties stopped. The story was still good, mind you, but more classic. I could have being still hooked if the main characters have being favorites of mine but alas, they weren't. They were perfectly credible, and 'functional', and good persons too, but would have being terribly boring in another story, the kind of story where all the brilliancy and addictivity are in the characters.

The world still interested me, but I didn't care much about the characters and their fate, and finished the book without any strong incentive to continue the series. I may read on, but only with promesses of revelations, not only to follow the characters in their new lives. This was an incredibly unique post apocalyptic book.

It's hard to explain the plot because it's better experienced. From what I got, plants destroyed the world and now only 3 type of races are left, Halvainiens - genetically modified people who are plant like and sustained using photosynthesis. Cannibals and Fossilites - I'm still not too sure what these are but I think they are immortal humans though I'm not sure how but there race is plagued with genetic defects. Even with it being so unique, This was an incredibly unique post apocalyptic book. Even with it being so unique, I only kinds liked the story.

At times I found my attention wandering cause it seemed to have a lot of unnecessary details or events. I also had to go and skip back at times to replay what they were on about. The audio did come with a PDF of glossarys but I didn't have time to keep going back to it to see. I think maybe if I read it it may have been easier because I could of used the PDF but since I didn't, I didn't enjoy the story too much.

Towards the end it was a chore to keep going. Meghan Kelly did an awesome job as always. I always enjoy her performances and she always delivers. Despite not liking the book as much, Meghan made it easy to listen to. This in no way affected my thoughts. Shelves: augustreads. By genetic modification, a species of modified humans exist, who are themselves photo-synthetic: they are very similar to plants, thriving on sunlight, but plant life is toxic to them. They seldom need to eat, either; and oddly, their skin is green-again like plants. View all 4 comments. Jun 20, Haley B rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone.

Of all the books I've read during this past year, this one sticks out as the best. I quickly fell in love with the world. The author is very meticulous about world-building, and I was fascinated by the science behind all of it. That's by far the best part of this book; if you like science fiction, and you like immersing yourself in a new version of the world - this is your book. The two main characters are fully developed. I loved Tula and Levi though I was considerably less hot about their relationship with each other.

They both had extraordinary character development, and nothing seemed sudden - each change seemed organic and I loved that. The writing was far better than most of the writing I've read in a while. It really sucks you in and during the tense parts, I could actually feel my heart thudding in my chest.

This is such a great book, if you are thinking of buying this book, I highly recommend it. This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review. I was immediately sucked into the basic premise of this book.


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It's set in a post apocalyptic world where you have 3 types of people; Blattvolk basically have plant skin and can convert sunlight into energy , cannibals, and the immortals. The Blattvolk are on a mission to either convert or eradicate the cannibals. The heroine of this story is a converted Blattvolk named Tula. Their society is very open and very casual about s This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Their society is very open and very casual about sex.

The hero is from an almost Amish society of people that has left his settlement to find a cure for his son's cystic fibrosis. The world building in this book is amazing. These societies and characters are very well thought out and believe-able. I also liked the romance in this story. I started reading this at 6PM and found myself staying up until the early hours of this morning just to finish this book. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Tam Linsey!

Dec 14, Lisa rated it liked it. Finished this several weeks ago as well. It was good. Someone who does not want to read about religion should probably stay away from this since half of the characters are deeply and stupidly religious. Not that there isn't justification for their ignorance, but boo on religions that condemn outsiders so much.

Not that the surviving high-tech societies were any better on the condemning others scale. In some ways worse since one was actually seeking out people and converting or killing them. Hmm Finished this several weeks ago as well. It was rather excellent how Linsey demonstrated that both kinds of paths that label other societies as less than human are very damaging. We are all human. Suck it up, people. I like that there was a cannibal society that actually kinda made sense and, while initially shown to be a scary and savage society, ended up having more depth and intelligence.

May 12, S. Pentecost rated it really liked it. For all of the little Fred Savages out there, I'm sorry, this is a kissing book. But even if that's not your bag, Tam Linsey has written a solid sci-fi book you will dig. While I am one of those little Fred Savages, who tends to blush a lot like I imagine Linsey's male lead would if he read such things, this book offers so much more than kissing. It offers a richly imagined world populated with strange new peoples.

It offers well developed characters and fast paced action.

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It offers people you w For all of the little Fred Savages out there, I'm sorry, this is a kissing book. It offers people you want to root for, people you love to hate, and people you just want to know more about. I would recommend this book to fans of sci-fi, post apocalypse, and sun bathing. I will be reading the sequel. My first regret is that I read this on a computer screen at work during intermitent pauses.

I regret not being able to give it the full attention it deserved. This is an excellent story and a novel look at a post-apocaliptic earth. People remain people The "Botanicaust" has changed everyone and everything. The only true survivors are those that remain human despite t My first regret is that I read this on a computer screen at work during intermitent pauses.

The only true survivors are those that remain human despite the changes that may have been done to their bodies or the way they have to live to survive. Hopefully, I'll come across a "paper" edition of the book one of these days and be able to re-read it with the full attention it truly deserves. Highly recommended reading. View 1 comment. Shelves: favorites , ebooks , r2r , dystopian , post-apocalyptic. This was a great read. I never wanted to put it down. And if I didn't have little ones, I wouldn't have!

After crops are wiped out by the Botanicaust, four different groups of people strive in their own way for survival. Blattvolk, who convert outsiders using genetic therapy against their will or no. Cannibals, who don't waste any food, and by food I mean meat lol. Fosselites, scientists who hide away from sunlight due to the effects of having the secrets to eternal life.

The Old Order, who beh This was a great read. The Old Order, who behind their electric fence, have found peace working off the land, and God. The story evokes real emotion, the bigotry is infuriating. Just like the real world lol. The characters are well written, and the book has a great flow. Jul 21, M. The kind of book I really enjoy. It's an easy read, has great three-dimensional characters I identified with, a unique premise, and intriguing world-building.

I tend to be able to predict plot twists and turns in many books. Not in this one. Tam left breadcrumbs that didn't broadcast future events, but which you'd remember later on and think, "Oh, that makes sense. This book was unique and refreshing. It was nothing like your typical apocalypse books, rather, it had an original plot full of. The characters were very well developed and I found myself very attached to them and their plight.

I only hope that there will be a sequel as I desperately want to know what happens with Tula, Levi, and the New Order! May 09, Elaine Plourde rated it really liked it. This was a very strange but interesting book. It dealt with racism,religion and ecology. I almost stopped reading it at the beginning when it started talking about green people but when it was explained it turned out to be an excellent story. I know I'll enjoy other books by this author and if your a sci-fi reader I,m sure you,ll enjoy it.

Nov 26, Kimberly rated it liked it Shelves: read4review , audiobooks , read-in An interesting mix of dystopian society, sci-fi and a small hint of The Scarlet Letter. Yeah, that revelation surprised me, too! Maybe it wasn't intended, but when Tula was initially shunned, it reminded me of the Nathaniel Hawthorne classic. A vaguely defined event called the Botanicaust botanical holocaust? Unfortunately, the purposeful destruction also destroyed edible crops.

Centuries later, four remaining groups of An interesting mix of dystopian society, sci-fi and a small hint of The Scarlet Letter. Centuries later, four remaining groups of people have managed to survive. First are the "greenies" or Halvainiens, a scientifically oriented group who have been modified or converted to create energy using the process of photosynthesis for survival, recognizably identified by their green colored skin. The Fosselites, primarily subterranean dwellers, are another scientific oriented group who are genetically modified, but not genetically selective, for longevity tho' not without consequences.

The cannibals, the seemingly least advanced group, eat other humans in order to survive.

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They are not by definition indiscriminately violent as many in this group value those with "the knowing", those who have skills to help others. Finally, there is the Old Order, also known as the Hold-outs. Interestingly, it is the Halvainien group that is the least selfish as they are the only group, as of yet, that actively seeks to share their knowledge and science to convert or save any and all people they find or rescue outside of their Protectorate.

Neither the cannibals, the Fosselites nor members of the Old Order allow for the open acceptance of strangers into their groups. The Halvainiens make an effort to help strangers survive in a now inhospitable world; there is some discrimination as the Halvainiens require people to agree to be converted, but education and communication efforts are made to enlighten outsiders to the benefits of the Halvainien conversion. Don't misunderstand, not all individual members of the Halvainiens are philanthropic, but as a law of the society, they attempt to help all strangers. Likewise, there are few in each of the other groups that are indeed open to outsiders.

Surprisingly, though, the theological group, the Hold-outs or Old Order, are least open to accepting and assisting non-members. As you can imagine, these four groups do not survive without periodic interaction and conflict. In this first book, in a series currently having a book two and two novellas, the author, Tam Linsey, has brought these groups together through the main characters, Tula, a female Halvainien, Levi, a man of the Old Order, and young twin cannibal girls Tula and Levi have loosely adopted in order to care for them.

Cautions and Disclaimers If you are an avid reader of sci-fi and wish to have your sci-fi well-explained, logically developed and detailed, this will probably not satisfy your need for believability. I thoroughly enjoy dystopian society books and generally do not gravitate to the sci-fi genre. The vague history gleaned from sparse sentences in this narrative and minimal descriptions leading to this post-botanical holocaust situation didn't distract from my enjoyment of this book, though when it came time to write this review and thus describe the state of this world, I realized the author was very ambiguous, possibly disappointingly so, with her history.

As with several other dystopian society series, this book may take a bit of extra effort to "get into". The author doesn't package this new world concisely in a prologue or give the reader the history in the early chapters. Instead, she has you jump right into the story and eventually reveals the details and nuances of this world. Stick with it and eventually you'll grasp the dynamics of the four groups and soon distinguish the good guys from the bad guys in each society.

If you have concerns about the group of cannibals and the author's handling of their group's means of survival, do not be concerned -- the author has tastefully no pun intended handled their method of survival without adding to your imagination's worst ideas. Your imaginations are most likely more yucky than then author's descriptions. This can be read as a stand-alone book, but not all of the story lines and areas of conflict between the different societies are resolved. Our hero and heroine have an unfinished relationship and the agreement between the societies are not entirely settled peaceably by the book's final page.

While I wouldn't describe this as having a cliffhanger ending, resolution is not herein complete. As I have not yet read the second book, Doomseeds , I do not know whether this will ultimately conclude with it or with a third installment. I listened to this book as a favor to the narrator after having listened to two other books she narrated by two other authors. Meghan Kelly does a good job narrating this book, giving life and emotion to the major and minor characters in Ms Linsey's book. Her voice is easy to listen to and her distinctive voices for the different characters are well performed.

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This performance is 10 hours in length and certainly did not feel this long -- the story and the narration made time pass quickly. I also volunteered to review this audio book through Audiobook Jukebox. Thank you Meghan for allowing me to listen to this book. I always start my reviews by reviewing the narrator. Since they are the voice that makes or breaks a performance of the book! Will it want to make you want to go back and read the book! Meghan Kelly as in other books I have listen to her narrate excels in a flawless transition from one character to the next. Maintaining that difference or mood of the character as they journey thru this book by Tam Linsey.

I do hope that she is brought back for any future sequels. There is nothing more disappoint I always start my reviews by reviewing the narrator. There is nothing more disappointing when authors use another voice in a series. She really brings to life and moods of my favorite character Dr Tula Macoby. So let me continue with the characters without giving many spoilers! Tula Macoby coming from a society called the Haldanians, that believes can help selected others from the bio-engineered weeds that wiped out plant life years earlier making all plants poison.

Tula, a counselor assigned to those that are converted with photosynthetics to adjust to their new lifestyle. They also decide who lives or dies if their capturers do not fit the profile of converting to a plant society. Believing that her way of life will save them. That is until she meets Levi Kraybill whom she believes in the beginning is part of a captured cannibal family. Only to find out he is from another society called the The Old Order.

Feeling that her people may not have all the answers. With him as the story unfolds throughout she learns the truth behind her own past! Trying to understand why her feelings are so passionate for someone of a different culture and to wrong yet feels so right at the same time. Tam Linsey takes and draws you into the passion! Into the uncertainty!

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Into the truth that maybe bought her and Levi together are not ready to face about each other! Levi Kraybill is from a society that believes what Tula's kind are doing is an abomination. They are a peaceful farming community. Believing that God has sent them down the rules to believes are they the only way of life! After Tula assist Levi to escape and now making them both outlaws on the run from the Haldandians! Tula learns from him the survival tactics as they travel back to his society without being captured by the cannibals or killed by the Burners. Learning along the way that Levi was on the search for a cure for his son.

Which they did not know existed. Only to find out that all those Tula thought were killed are actually used for experiments of a different kind for the search for immortality. Will Tula make the decision to stay with them if they are willing to give Levi the cure they said they had for his son?

Will his clan let him back? Since leaving against the Old Orders rules shunned Levi! They do escape and head for Levi's clan with 2 of the ones Tula thought were killed by her people. When they get back to Levi's home. Are they all left to come within the Old Order's protective field? Worth a read for the basic idea, though. Would you listen to Botanicaust again? I found the different societies very interesting, and thought this was an excellent way to begin a new series.

The world building is very complex although the author laid a good foundation for more to come.


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  6. And good for it. It gives you twists and turns, there is betrayal characters you grow to care about and lots of action. Once I found my footing, I enjoyed the uniqueness of the world and the premise. Really good pace. Narration doesn't feel like your simply getting someone to read it to you, nor is it over played in terms of being too theatrical. A nice voice that helps get you into the story. If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? What does the world do when all the crops are gone?

    Wait and see. Any additional comments? This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com. By: Tam Linsey. Narrated by: Meghan Kelly. Series: Botanicaust , Book 1. Length: 10 hrs and 1 min. Publisher's Summary The only crop left is human But the law is clear: Savages who refuse the modification must be exterminated.

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