See the girl in the trees. Catch her if you can.
Several centuries ago, a group of ecologists escaped the breakdown of a society ravaged by climate change by vanishing into giant, genetically engineered forests in the North American west. Dwelling among vast canopies that hover several thousand feet above the earth, their descendants fear the cannibals roaming far beneath them and cling to the teachings of their sacred text, The Book of Silvanus.
Sixteen year-old Ostrya considers it a burden to train as the canopy's next doctor. But her life's work has been preordained—and she's desperate to reclaim her mother's love. When a cataclysmic storm wracks the canopy, Ostrya begins to face her doubts about the teachings of the book and the laws of the canopy. If she is to survive, she will have to decide if her destiny is in the treetops or on the forest floor.
Book One in the Silvanus Saga is a action-packed
Young adult novels are not usually my genre of choice for editing or book coaching, but I spent several weeks with Canopy and beginning with Ostrya's first words, I loved this story and its characters. Canopy protagonist 16-year-old Ostrya struggles to fulfill family duty and the expectations of her community high in the trees while another destiny calls to her. Friendships, chance, and tragedy force Ostrya to decide which branch to follow in Darroch's well-spun yarn in the outsized flora and fauna of a world built on fear and deception. I look forward to reading Book Two in the Silvanus Saga, because the ending of this novel left me hanging on the edge of my seat. Full disclosure: I was the copy editor for Canopy in the final stages before the author published. I received a free advanced reader copy (ARC) for an honest review.
A Journey Worth Taking
D.M. Darroch is an amazing story-teller, and she pulls you into a dypstopian world thousands of feet up in the trees of the Pacific Northwest. It was a joy to come to know and see this tree-top world through Ostrya’s eyes, to experience her struggles and her joys as she journeys into adulthood. I fell in love with her…with Mangrove…with Wingnut. I couldn’t put the book down once I started it, and it left me yearning for the the next adventure. To be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit, no matter where we might find ourselves, is quite remarkable and Canopy is a five-star literary journey worth taking.
I received a free ARC for an honest review.
seamstress and consumer of carbs
I’m usually not a fan of dystopian fiction, so I was surprised when Canopy not only held my interest but drew my nose into this book with every spare moment. Canopy, with its gigantic trees, seemingly ordered society, and industrious inhabitants felt like a real living place. At first the main character's sneakiness and fussiness seems like ordinary bickering between teen and parent. Gratefully, this is so much more than a story about grumpy teens. As the story unfolded I was surprised by the complexity of Ostrya’s frustration and the details of life in the canopy. The ending is an exciting jumping-off point for the next book in the series. And, even though I received a free ARC for an honest review, I truly can’t wait for the next book in the saga.