I am super excited to share the cover of Green Rising, my next novel! This was illustrated by Beci Kelly and designed by Chloé Tartinville at Walker Books. It’s being published on 2nd September, which is somehow only 3 months away! The book is about teenagers who can grow plants from their hands, and I love how that’s represented with the tree-hand here (which is going to have beautiful copper foil!)
Hester, the protagonist, is the heir to an oil company, and the factory skyline in the background is a nod to her family’s industry. I can’t wait to see this in person – there are going to be samplers soon with a very cool take on this cover. The book is up for preorder now in all the usual places – please do support it early if you can, as it makes all the difference Especially after this last year, which has been very tough for publishing with bookshops closed.
Here’s the blurb:
Set in a near-future world on the brink of ecological catastrophe, Lauren James’ novel is a gripping, witty and romantic call to arms.
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?