What if the natural resources we manage began to manage themselves? . . . And then us?

With fire engulfing Washington State, a mutation spreading through the Pacific Northwest, and someone intent on a cover-up, young gubernatorial staffer Tamia Bennett and Charlie Meninick, in charge of protecting his Pallala Nation’s old-growth forests, must come together to determine which is the bigger threat: the newly awakening trees, or the powerful people bent on destroying them.

Tara Campbell’s dynamic debut novel, TreeVolution, combines secret experiments, corporate machinations, and a little eco-payback in a thrilling tale that pits genetically altered trees against their creators.

Fans of Michael Crichton are sure to enjoy Campbell’s exploration of the science of conservation, genetic engineering, and the abuses of technology in an age of surveillance.

Campbell is the recipient of the Washington, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ 2016 Larry Neal Writers’ Award, Adult Fiction and 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding New Artist.

“. . . exciting, entertaining, thought-provoking, with an upside-down look at the current plague of people on our planet. A must-read for fans of Campbell, environmental politics, the planet, a good spec fiction romp—and yes, anyone who’s rooting for the trees.”
~ Amber Sparks, critically-acclaimed author of The Unfinished World and May We Shed These Human Bodies

“Campbell certainly knows how to write to the issues surrounding the destruction of the Earth, our home. It’s a great story and I have no doubt that readers will LOVE it!!”
~ Joanne Uppendahl, award-winning poet, author of She Who Gathers Stones: A Journey of Loss, Healing, and Joy

“. . . an outburst, an uprising, a wildness of story and heart. Campbell breathes the breath of life into her characters. When you close the book, trees no longer look the same.”
~ Rion Amilcar Scott, Lecturer at Bowie State University, author of Insurrections: Stories

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Reports of peculiar tree assaults are trickling into the governor’s office in Olympia, Washington: a maple kicks a dog about to relieve itself, a ficus spanks a leaf-yanking child, a yew slaps a woman locking up her bike to its trunk. Young staffer Tamia Bennett prepares to watch her career trajectory fizzle when she’s put in charge of tracking these urban legends from loopy constituents. But as documented arbor assaults become violent and widespread, Tamia and retired botanist Dr. Barbara Block discover that these genetically modified trees are developing deadly plans.

Miles away on the Palalla Nation, Charlie Meninick is in charge of protecting his tribe’s old-growth trees from timber poachers. He’s recovering from a tumultuous past and looking for peace and healing in the forest. After an accident on patrol, however, what he finds are two dead poachers and no other witnesses to convince troopers that the trees acted in self-defense.

Tree attacks escalate, people panic, and forests begin to burn. Tamia and Charlie’s paths converge as they uncover who engineered the trees and why. With fire engulfing Washington State, a genetic mutation spreading through the Pacific Northwest, and someone intent on a cover-up, Tamia and Charlie must determine which is actually the bigger threat: the newly awakening trees, or the powerful people now bent on destroying them.

TreeVolution is a speculative fiction adventure featuring secret experiments, corporate machinations, and a little eco-payback. It explores the role of technology in conservation, the debate around genetically modified organisms, and potential abuses of technology in the age of surveillance.

Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Lillicat Publishers (November 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-945646-

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds




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Weight 20.8 oz
Dimensions 6 x .6 x 9 in

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