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I have received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Plants are dying in a zone in rural Arizona, except for the ones on Adan Drengle's property. Adan's neighbors start inquiring about this, and Adan will have to reveal his and his parents' secret. Adan communes with the land in a very special and symbiotic way, which enables the plants and Adan to interchange energy and thoughts. Soon after Adan discovers another secret about his deceased parents, and will have to start a long journey in order to save the land.
This story is based on a unique concept. McFadden has written a tale with lots of imagination and great detail. This attention to small details makes the story a bit slow paced at times, but the listener is able to clearly view the surroundings of the characters. Adan's character is well developed but I felt the rest of characters quite flat, including some important ones. It was difficult to connect to them.
Reading other reviews I had great expectations about this novel, but there were things that did not work very well for me. I had the impression that we were missing some important background information. We are told about Adan and his parents, but not a lot more than a couple of details. It is true that Adan himself did not know a lot more, but I find this to be just an excuse for a poor world development.
I also had issues 'believing' in the bad guy. We do not know a lot about him, just that Adan's parents were chasing him and that he is pure evil. I think depicting a character as completely good or bad does not help to make them realistic, and this failed for me here.
Jack de Golia delivered a quite captivating narration, and his voice range is very ample, making clear distinctions among the character's voices. I found some of them a bit too much on the theatrical side, but that is just a personal preference. I like different but subtle voices.
It was an enjoyable and well written book and it had definitely original premises.
Our Dying Land is a mix of genres – fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, horror and more. The story itself is very complex, well written and captivating. The characters are well developed as is the plot. The author takes environmental terrorism to new heights.
Adan is an isolated hermit-like farmer who has the capability or gift to communicate with plants and ground. His land is lush and full of life where the grounds and farms around his suffer greatly or are already dead. Someone or something is killing the land, at least in Arizona. Unable to grow plants of any kind, Adan’s neighbors seek his help. They have realized he has a secret ability to grow lush plants.
In order to help his neighbors and discover what his father and mother had kept hidden from him for years, he follows a map his father left hidden for him. It is discovered that Adan’s parents were time travellers and were charged with preventing the death of the land – Adan encounters the killer and travels throughout the Amazon jungles to find the secret place and society his parents kept from him. There are several fierce skirmishes resulting in one huge battle. The evil plant killer and Adan meet and struggle to kill one another … In order to communicate directly with the plants – there are chairs out of plants that Adan and a few others sit in so that the plants and the humans draw energy from one another and not only connect their energies but also their minds. What the plants see – so can those in the chair.
The details and descriptions are very vivid. The complexity of the book was amazing. The story flowed well and maintained engagement. Enriched with agricultural language, McFadden drives home the important of plant and land survival.
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