although based on style, language and content, younger readers will also enjoy the book. Yet the storytelling and prose are sophisticated enough for older children and adults alike. It is cover-to-cover fun, with the core message of the story being the dangers of technological meddling with ecology.
Philip and Frank, our two heroes, are teenage schoolboys and, initially, bitter enemies. A misunderstanding leads to a chase into the forest behind the school.
The source of a local mystery, wildlife has been fleeing from the forest, while anyone who has ventured in mysteriously disappears. So scary is the forest that a great wall is being built around it. Philip, terrified for his life, and Frank, maddened with fury, enter without thought. Knocked unconscious, they awake to find themselves imprisoned in cages belonging to Mathias.
Mathias, an evil wizard, has been driving the wildlife out of the forest and has set about replacing the animals with humans – preferably schoolboys – whom he turns into talking monkeys. This is the fate of Philip and Frank. Their enmity forgotten in their plight, they begin to become friends. Mathias’s more powerful cousin, the good wizard Chimzen, rescues the boys and promises to turn them back into humans. To do this, however, he must take them away to Floran, the ‘green planet’ of the title.
Floran is a world of danger, where plants dominate the environment and the only humanoids are treacherous fairies.
Green Planet is a richly imagined novel, filled with invention. Weird, fast-moving and funny, it grabs the reader at the very beginning, charms and thrills you by turns, and doesn’t let go until the end.
Anthony E. Southby lives in Elspark, South Africa, where he is putting the finishing touches on the sequel of his story - Green Planet Under Fire.
Reviews from www.greenplanetfantasy.com
“A very witty and entertaining read. It keeps you hooked right down to the last page.”
“This is the first book of fiction that has captured my attention since school. It was a pure escape.”
“I can’t wait for the sequel to come out, it was a breakneck quest.”