Treasure by S. Smith
It’s 2077. There’s no apocalypse,(What no Zombies roaming the earth) but some things are different. Things like the weather, the internet, and food. In twelve-year-old Clare’s world, blueberry is just a flavor and apples are found only in fairy tales.
One day Clare meets Ana, who teaches her about seeds and real food, despite suspicions that such actions are illegal.
When the authorities discover the children’s forbidden tomato plant and arrest their mother, Clare and her brother flee. Clare has heard of a place called “The Garden State,” and with their bikes, a little money, and backpacks, the children begin a lonely cross-country journey that tests them both physically and spiritually.
Will they succeed in their quest to find a place of food freedom? And can they, only children, help change the world?
The premise of this book is interesting. I’ve read quite a few “futuristic type books. This one while not necessarily being all that Dystopian, it’s still not a pretty picture of our future.
I do find it a little strange that the children have no idea what fruit and veggies are or that they actually exist or meat for that matter.So there must be more to the story. Maybe all food references to food have been erased from books or what would be old movies.
You see people only eat processed food squares now.Their food groups are Protein, Sweeties, Vitees, Carbos, and Snacks. As far as they know you get them at the STORE.They have no idea where the “Food” originates.
BUT!!! as far as the writing and story itself it looks like the start of a pretty good series.I’m not sure how many books will be in the series but it should be fun following the “KIDS” adventure.
The characters are well written and its fun to see them off on their great adventure in their search for the truth.Having the main characters kids will make it even more interesting to middle grade readers. Its always cool to see the children as the heroes of a novel. How they can overcome all the assorted obstacles that stand in the way,and think on their own.
Before dark, the children had stuffed their backpacks with Ana’s cherished books, extra clothing, and all the food and money they could find. They waited until midnight to slip out of the apartment and onto their bikes. Not trusting the city bus station, they decided to ride to the next town. Clare remembered which way Mama had driven when they left town to camp or swim. They didn’t get out of the city much, but when they did, it was always memorable. She had no idea how long it would take to reach the edge of town, only that it was a long way.
It seemed like forever when they finally hit the place where the lights ended. A two-lane highway stretched ahead of them into the ebony night. They pedaled on. At last Dante’s small voice broke the silence. “Clare? Clare, can we stop? I’m tired.” She kept riding, considering his request, and then eased to a stop. “I guess we can stop and rest,” she said. She shined her small flashlight around. Deep ditches, dry now, with long, bent-over grass lined both sides of the road. “Let’s get in the ditch; no one can see us there, and maybe we can sleep.” As they nestled into the trench, Clare and Dante looked up for the first time, stunned at what they saw. They had never witnessed the expanse of the starry night sky quite like this. Away from the city lights and late into the summer night, the constellations lay before them like sand on the seashore. Dante caught his breath and opened his arms in a wide embrace.
“I haven’t been this in love with an individual young adult book since Lois Lowry’s The Giver… 221 pages of exciting young adult goodness! I devoured it, and it was delicious.” -Anakalian Whims Book Blog
“Here’s a great piece of “juvenile” literature that doesn’t lose sight of one key fact: kids can think.”- Lit Prof, Amazon Reviewer
“I highly recommend this book for tweens and teens who enjoy reading the dystopian genre and who are looking for a non-violent and thought-provoking story.” – Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews
S. Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can’t taste the soil on a carrot, it’s not fresh enough.
As an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Ms. Smith has enjoyed teaching students from around the world.
Smith is a member ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors) and saves seeds for her local seed bank.
She gardens and writes at her home in the beautiful and green Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband, two children, and two cats.
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