Honestly, I thought The Giver would be an absolute bore, not really knowing anything about the book. However, that was not the case AT ALL! The Giver is an insanely good, mind blowing science fiction book that is now my all-time favorite book. The characters in The Giver live in a world of “sameness”, where there is no sun, no winters, and everything is controlled right up to who you will be and who you will marry. Even love is considered to be a meaningless word in their society. When Jonas’ 12th year arrives, he is singled out and given the role as the new Receiver of Memory. Everything in his world begins to change as he realizes there is so much more to his small community and new secrets he is bound to keep.
A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.
Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, bestselling author Stewart provides an account of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.