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Mutability blooms in the Florida Keys after the Red War and the genie boxes. King Pelicans with the brains of scientists and a single human hand in place of one webbed foot rule the ruins of half-drowned Miami. Slavers roam the deep waters offshore, taking captives to feed the voracious Kudzu Army and the human aqueduct bearing fresh water from Lake Okeechobee. On the last stretch of the Overseas Highway still standing, an albino seeress slowly becomes her name: White Flamingo. ''You,'' she says. ''You will reach for the sun while staying rooted to the ground. But I fear your shadow will be much too long.''
Transformed by his father's genie box in the late days of the Red War, Leaf has lived for decades or centuries alone in a collapsing Victorian house on a desolate sandy key, misunderstanding time, feeding on sunlight and dew. When at last he meets a boy like - but so unlike! - himself, Leaf understands he has met destiny and sets out on a long, strange journey. A post-apocalyptic, psychoactive, polymorphous-perverse pastorale, Green Thumb will startle you with its utter strangeness and break your heart with its fragile beauty.
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Very hard to classify but try it!
I just finished this book for the second time after several years. It’s like a fairytale or a children’s story but no children would appreciate it or should read it. It is dystopian but the main character isn’t human enough to truly grasp how strange and sad and malicious the world has become. It is is allegorical or very symbolic but I still don’t know what it means. Very unusual but I think people should give it a try. It is fantastical, creative and ends on an emotional if very ambiguous note. Truly it is more like music pulling the listener along, suggestive bleak and lovely.
Pure, wild and imaginative tale of love and life
Where does Green Thumb: A Novella rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's one of the good ones. It's so easy to get lost in the author's imagination but if you embrace it, it will widen your imagination and mesmerise you.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Lief, for being the protagonist and is the only character who is innocent, beautiful and thoughtful to the life and the world he lives in.
Which character – as performed by Samuel Cress – was your favourite?
Hardy, the rough and harshness Samuel puts into his voice acting is great and distinguishable.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The final chapter where Lief becomes more than he ever expected.