Title: The Lightning Tree
Author: Lene Fogelberg
Series: The Natural Intelligence Revolution #1
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 260 pages
Publisher: Dedaun Publishing
Release Date: March 29, 2022
Recommended for fans of: A History of Wild Places, Stranger Things, The Year of the Witching
Content Warnings: murder, gun violence, sexual assault, death of parent, ableism
Nature finally rises against humanity.
Flora Reed discovers a lifeless body in her front yard the morning after the last day of her junior year of high school. Matters get worse when more people from her small town are found dead under mysterious circumstances and police take an interest in the boy next door, Carl. Flora is convinced that Carl is innocent, suspecting that the deaths are somehow connected to her younger sister Fauna’s tragic accident a year earlier. What she learns changes everything, and she has to race against time to prevent the killings from spreading. Flora and a small group of friends soon find themselves at the onset of an apocalyptic battle between man and nature, with no one believing their story.
The Lightning Tree is the first installment of The Natural Intelligence Revolution Trilogy.
Such a wild and engrossing genre-bending story! The Lightning Tree blends YA coming-of-age, magical realism, murder mystery, apocalyptic sci-fi, conspiracy theory, environmental thriller, and campy horror. If you mixed A History of Wild Places, The Year of the Witching, and Stranger Things, the result would be something like The Lightning Tree.
The story centers on sisters Flora and Fauna a year after they were struck by lightning in a tree, an accident which leaves Fauna catatonic. They develop a mysterious ability to communicate with nature, and they may be humanity’s only hope against an upcoming threat.
The atmosphere is very spooky and unsettling. At 260 pages, this is a fast-paced read that I binged in a day. While this book focuses on one small town, the ending hints that the rest of the trilogy will explore the effects of the Natural Intelligence Revolution on a larger scale.
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted review copy.