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The Tree of Rebels by Chantelle Atkins

February 14, 2018 - 6:05 pm No Comments

The Tree of Rebels by Chantelle Atkins
Published 8th November 2017
442 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

70 years after the last war, people were surviving. Now living in Provinces, children studied until the age of 14 and then put to work. Museums housed items from the “Old World” like laptops and books. There food was rationed and families were only allowed one child. The majority of people were happy but some knew what the world was like before. Lissie Turner lived in Province 5 with her parents and her 105 year old Great Grandma. Having listened to her Great Grandma talk about the olden days and then finding a dog and an isolated apple tree outside the fence, her curiosity gets the better of her and she starts to ask questions.
The majority of dystopian books I have read tend to have main characters that were older than Lissie and it took me a while to get my head around that she was only 13. She was a curious child and the more she found out the more she kept digging and like most children always had a sense of guilt when she knew she was doing something wrong. Once Ned her best friend found out her secret, she was more determined as he helped her share the guilt and was a true friend who stuck with her.
This was different to many dystopian books I have read as it was a slower pace. I enjoyed that whilst I was reading about Lissie’s life, I was also finding out about her great gran in the “Old World” as Lissie read from her diary and then there were the stories from the Rebels. The action picks up near the end of the book and you are wondering with everything going on can Lissie survive.
For lovers of Divergent and The hunger Games then this is a must read and whilst there is an age suggestion, as an adult I enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to reading Return To The Tree of Rebels.