Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour for Yarrow Townsend’s debut book the Map of Leaves with my review. Onto the post!
This is the story of a girl named Orla, who has been living alone since the death of her mum, and what happens when people start getting very sick and nature is blamed. Orla sets out to find a cure so she can protect her precious plants, along with two other stowaways- Idris and Ariana- who also have a lot to lose if the sickness can’t be eradicated, albeit for different reasons.
These characters are not instant friends, but I think that is part of what makes it so special when they do eventually make these incredible bonds and start working together, rather than just alongside each other. There are also some really interested twists and developments that happen throughout, and I got so invested because I just couldn’t wait to see how things would end for everyone.
I think my very favourite thing, though, was the fact that the plants could speak to Orla and help her along her journey, because it just really brought home the idea of nature being truly alive and something that could never be erased from the world and not greatly missed.
Overall, this is a great read and definitely one fans of dystopian/fantasy MG will enjoy. I’d especially recommend it for fans of Nicola Penfold’s writing, or books such as Where the River Runs Gold. It’s a beautiful tribute to the healing powers of nature, and the importance of friendship and community in times of adversity.
Thank you so much for reading! Are you planning to read this book? Or have you read it already, and if so, what did you think? Which books about nature do you love? I’d love to have a chat in the comments!