Green Rising

By Lauren James

Set in a near-future world on the brink of ecological catastrophe, Lauren James's novel is a gripping, witty and romantic call to arms.

“Lauren James isn’t just headed for the stars – she’s already there.” Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree Gabrielle is a climate-change activist who shoots to fame when she becomes the first teenager to display a supernatural ability to grow plants from her skin. Hester is the millionaire daughter of an oil tycoon and the face of the family business. Theo comes from a long line of fishermen, but his parents are struggling to make ends meet. On the face of it, the three have very little in common. Yet when Hester and Theo join Gabrielle and legions of other teenagers around the world in developing the strange new "Greenfingers" power, it becomes clear that to use their ability for good, they'll need to learn to work together. But in a time of widespread corruption and greed, there are plenty of profit-hungry organizations who want to use the Greenfingers for their own ends. And not everyone would like to see the Earth saved... As they navigate first love and family expectations, can the three teenagers pull off the ultimate heist and bring about a green rising?

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 12+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406384673
  • Published: 02 Sep 2021
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 384

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Customer reviews


'Lauren James ’s speculative thrillers have covered topics as diverse as time travel, cloning and space travel. In Green Rising, she turns her attention to the climate emergency. In the near future, on an increasingly uninhabitable Earth, thousands of teenagers around the world suddenly develop ‘Green fingers’ powers – the ability to grow plants from their own skin. The race is on to use their gifts to save the planet and outsmart the corporations who would exploit them. A smart, brilliantly realised call to arms.' The Observer (The New Review)

'"Green Rising is a whip-smart tale that asks big, bold questions of how we can save the planet, with or without Greenfinger magic. Beautiful imagery, a strong scientific underpinning and well-rounded characters. A must-read for teens today."' Laura Lam, Sunday Times bestselling author of Goldilocks and Seven Devils

'"Frighteningly clever and richly imagined, Green Rising is a book that combines lush, compulsive storytelling with an urgent message, and everyone who reads it will be stirred by its call to arms. I loved it."' Laura Wood, author of A Sky Painted Gold

'Smart and sharp and witty and fun, with a magic system that springs perfectly from current events and winds perfectly around some really big real-world themes –­ but manages to avoid being didactic' author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

'In this love song to our planet, Green Rising effortlessly mixes magic and science with strong, likeable characters and a smart plot. But most of all, this book provides the clearest explanation yet as to what's caused climate change, and more importantly, what we can do to prevent it.' author of The Last Bear

'[...] this is a terrifically bold and original take on climate fiction.' The Bookseller

'I LOVED that this book focused so deeply on climate change, really had me re think about how I am treating the planet! I loved that it contained at the end ways I can look after the planet.' Toppsta

'Green Rising is nail-biting adventure of plants and peril that touches close to home as it explores the climate emergency in a new way.' Toppsta

'The cover of the book is great and makes you want to pick up the book and read, it is a very clever illustration to go with the story.' Toppsta

'I really enjoyed reading Green Rising because it was both enlightening and enjoyable. I like the way the book was informative but how Lauren James put a fantasy twist on the somewhat serious subject. It really enlightened me to the ways in which we can stop climate change and what could happen if certain things continue.' Books Up North

'Inventive, gripping, and ultimately hopeful, Green Rising is a fantastic tale bursting with a diverse range of intrepid teenagers, coming-of-age themes, charming romances and, underpinning it all, a reminder of the desperate need to tackle climate change.' BookTrust

'This engaging novel, interspersed with social media content, creatively confronts the doomsday narrative so often associated with climate change and offers hope through the message that young people can work together to find solutions.' The School Librarian

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