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Feb 12 2013

Viridian by Susan Gates

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Bloomsbury, 2012.
(Age: 10+) In the future, a virus is turning people into human/plant hybrids called Verdans. But this isn't a problem, because the Verdans are calm and peaceful creatures. Soon enough, everyone wants to become a Verdan. The only humans left are Immunes like Jay and others who dislike the Verdan race. But then the Cultivars rise, who are bred from the most dangerous plants on the planet and are aggressive warlords. Their leader is Jay's blood brother, a ruthless Cultivar called Viridian. And he won't stop until he's wiped out humanity.
Viridian is a short, action packed, adventurous read, probably aimed at younger readers. The story is futuristic, with a sci-fi feel, and the writing style is easy to read without being too simplistic. It pulls readers in with the intriguing story and it holds their interest with multiple exciting action scenes. It's a very original idea, and very interesting, and the characters are written in a way so they are easy to relate to. The ending is well set up, as while clearly setting it up for a sequel, it ties up loose ends also.
Viridian is a short, fast, enjoyable read with an intriguing storyline and action-packed sequences. It would probably be best for younger readers.
Rebecca Adams (Student)

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