Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater illustrated by Morgan Beem
Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but they are inseparable. For their last summer before college, the two leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths than they could have imagined.
While Walker carves their names into the new social scene, Alec recedes into a summer school laboratory, because he brought something from home on their trip—it’s an experiment that will soon consume him. This season, both brothers must confront truths, ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.
Thank you to DC for sending me a pdf of Swamp Thing for review. #inpartnershipwithdc
I don’t think I’ve read anything by Maggie Stiefvater, but I’ve really been enjoying the new DC YA graphic novels. This wasn’t my favorite, but I did end up liking it a lot and I’m curious to see what will happen in book two.
Walker and Alec are twins getting ready for college. They walk in on their dad cheating on their mom and decide to go spend the summer with their cousins. Walker is outgoing and popular. Alec isn’t good with people and prefers to spend his time with his plant research. Alec also has diabetes and his blood sugar has been acting odd. A box of Alec’s research fell out of the truck and his cousins’s dogs got into the rest of it in the garage. They destroyed his plant, Boris. Alec is devastated. But now the dogs are starting to change. Alec is able to recover some of Boris’s solution from them.
Alec meets one person that he seems to connect with, Abby. They hang out a bit and she has a local tree she loves. They’re able to talk about plants and science even when it’s still awkward. When something happens to the tree, Alec tries to help. Abby uses some of his solution and can see memories from the tree. The dogs have almost completely turned into plants.
We don’t actually meet “swamp thing” until the end of the book. There’s a lot of science and facts about plants throughout the book. I really enjoyed the art, too.
I gave this 4 stars. Thank you to DC for providing me with a review copy.
Warnings for needles, bullying, cheating. There is quite a bit of swearing in the book (which doesn’t bother me, but I know it might bother others).
Have you read this? Is it on your TBR?