Twin brothers – Alec and Walker Holland – are as opposite as they can be. One loves to party and the other loves the quiet life of botany.
But their last summer before college is about to be uprooted in the worst way.
They discover their father has been cheating on their mother and with barely time to catch their breath, they are shipped off to their country cousins.
Alec, the plant-obsessed brother, is working on a secret project to access the memory of plants and allow humans to understand them.
He obsessively continues his work in the countryside, but the farther he delves into this new world, the less likely he will make it back in one piece.
The comics certainly represent a new avenue for Stiefvater and….I quite liked this one.
Not as much as the Raven Boys or Call Down the Hawk but DEFINITELY more than her Shiver series.
The plot was unique and interesting – the way Alec’s formula affected the plants, the various “swamp things” and the interpersonal conflicts.
I liked the dynamic of the twins and the love-interest was mild but believable.
The botanical aspect was by far my favorite part and I loved watching all of that play out. However, I wish there as more to it.
We spent a lot of time establishing the “normal” world but the “new” world (with the plants) was so much more exciting that all I wanted was to keep learning/reading about that.
A quick note – the illustrations were gorgeous and the color pallet was stunning. The creatures were well-drawn and really added that extra spark of excitement.
Overall, I did enjoy this one – but I definitely wish it was longer!
A huge thank you to Maggie Stiefvater, Netgalley and DC comics for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.