In the future, the color of your skin lets everyone know who you are. Those who can contribute to making the world a better place are Green, walking GMOs with plant chloroplasts in their cells who no longer need to eat. Life is good. People are happy.
Well, ...some people.
Not everyone gets to “go Green.”
Calyssa Brentwood, a high school senior just finished with her cellular enhancement, is on her way to securing her place in the upper ranks of society. Until she finds herself far from the safety of Sci-City,
...on a farm,
...in the middle of a rebel insurgency.
Realizing that nothing is as simple as it seems, Lyssa soon discovers that each choice brings new consequences
...ones that may turn deadly for those she cares about most.
“Heather Ransom’s Going Green, is a perfect blend of science, teenage romance, and mystery. It is a cautionary tale about the dangers of genetically modified food leading to genetically modified people, and what can go wrong with both. It is also a full-on futuristic teenage romance between a privileged girl and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The book’s heroine, Calyssa Brentwood, struggles with all of the teenage angst that can be packed into a day in a high school filled with mean girls and bully boys as she begins the scientific process of “going Green.” Once her body’s cells begin producing genetically modified chloroplasts from plants, Calyssa will no longer require food—only sunlight. Sounds like a bright idea, but Ransom, a science teacher herself, shows there is a dark side to messing with mother nature. Romantic, informative, and action-packed, this book is a winner.”
~Jahnna Beecham, editor/contributing writer of National Geographic’s Science Encyclopedia
"Going Green is a confident, richly conceived and immensely readable debut where unlikely hope grows like grass punching through the cracks of an oppressive system. ...Ransom has a remarkable way of juggling the political and socio-economic details of her bleak future with raw, human intimacy. ...After finishing Going Green, you’ll pine for more adventures with Calyssa as she prepares to unmask the hypocrisy of her world-in-crisis. Ransom is a welcome new voice, one that rings true and clear with impressive scope and unexpected emotion.”
~Dale E. Basye, author of the Circles of Heck series
“In Going Green, Heather Ransom has created an enchanting and thrilling world! If high school is the time when we realize our own beliefs and self-image, this book challenges the Dreamer in all of us to confront who we really are, right alongside Lyssa's own tense & fascinating adventures. In a world that seems like it can't get any more divided, Going Green confronts the idea of ‘otherness’ at a time when we need it most. Brilliant work!”
~Seth Maxwell, Founder & CEO, The Thirst Project
“Heather S. Ransom creates an
eerily poignant futuristic world with her intelligent writing. The suspenseful
storyline propels the reader on. How relevant is this quote from her novel? ‘How do you stop something when you
don't feel you have any power?’ Bravo!”
~Barbara Herkert, author of Sewing Stories: Harriet
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