When Levi’s son is stricken with a respiratory disease (cystic fibrosis I think) he risks everything by leaving his Amish like existence and venturing into the outside world where cannibals run rampant and survival is harsh. Levi lives in a post-apocalyptic world where all vegetation had died or became poisonous and humanity has resorted to cannibalism. Dr. Tula Macoby works converting former cannibals into photosynthesis humans who can live on sunlight (like plants) by absorbing it into their skin. The side effect of the conversion is the skin turns green (like a plant). Tula risks everything to help Levi, but how will these two people from two different worlds survive in a world where they are hunted and survival is something to be fought for.
So, I wasn’t looking forward to this book. I often find books involving cannibals overly gore and they often substitute shock and awe for a good storyline. However, the plot outline of this book intrigued me and I decided to give it a chance. I am so glad I did. This book is so much more. I have to admit when the prospect of “green men and women” came up I was disheartened (I had faint flashes of William Shatner seducing green women which made me shudder). However, the “green” aspect was not gimmicky and was very well written. The plot is fully engrossing and I hung on every word waiting for the next and the next until it was sadly done. I read this book in one day it was so good. I love Tula and the new world she lives in. The writing is so vivid I could clearly picture the world the book is set in (this book would make an awesome movie). When the center is described with the children being taught it reminded me of Brave New World. Another aspect I enjoyed is the love story that is interwoven into the tale (I know a love story in a cannibal story blew my mind to). I really can’t say enough good things about this book. I love dystopian novels so this was perfect for me, but I would suggest this to everyone. It’s one of those stories I think everyone can find something they like in.