"An ambitious, time-bending take on climate change." – New York Times
"Appleseed is a work of incandescent imagination, at once an eco-horror story about human greed and a regenerative new myth. I loved the soaring possibilities seeded throughout this wild novel, which pushes its readers to imagine 'new ways of dwelling' in and with non-human nature. Bell's book is a chrysalis inside of which I could feel my mind changing, preparing for new flights." – Karen Russell, author of Orange World
"Rambunctious....made me think of Jeff VanderMeer and his Area X trilogy, chilling the spine while engaging the heart. Then too, Appleseed's pervading concern for forest ecology recalled Richard Powers and his phenomenal tree-text, 'The Overstory.' Comparisons like that raise problems–the two older authors are miles apart–but they drive home my point: that Matt Bell has brought off a novel as exciting as any in recent years." – Boston Globe
"A gripping meditation on manifest destiny and humanity's relationship to this endangered planet, making for a breathtaking novel of ideas unlike anything you've ever read."
"Provocative....You can take Mr. Bell's book as warning or vision of hope, as myth or blueprint for the future. Either way, it's everything sci-fi should be." – Wall Street Journal
"The reason you've never read a book like Appleseed is that there's never been a book like Appleseed. The scary thing, though, is this is a world you might recognize. This premise, this content, this form, this language–only Matt Bell could have given us this novel." – Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians
"A meditative thriller with an ethical heart." – NPR.org
"Woven together out of the strands of myth, science fiction, and ecological warning, Matt Bell's Appleseed is as urgent as it is audacious."
– Kelly Link, Get in Trouble
"There's a particular thrill reading a book that has such certainty of vision, one that guides every page and allows us to truly picture the connections between our past and our future. We see the naturalist's mind placed in the realm of the imagination as a way to try to grasp what's happening to our planet right now. It's a beautiful tribute to what fiction can do, and these characters and their visceral struggles will remain with me for a long time." – Aimee Bender, author of The Butterfly Lampshade
"[An] ambitious speculative epic and striking take on climate change."
– USA Today, Summer's Hottest Books
"Myth meets science; fable confronts existential crisis. In its bountiful prose, gleeful genre-hopping, and the sheer scope of its storytelling, Appleseed points toward hopeful futures for literature–and the planet." – Sam J. Miller, Nebula-Award-winning author of Blackfish City
"Matt Bell's Appleseed expands in the most entrancing manner to encompass everything from the hidden hoofs of fauns to the pending doom of the planet. What a sui generis feat of imagination and scope this novel is." – Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew
"Bell's terrifying yet deeply humane novel of ideas is both an awesome work of imagination and a stirring ecological call-to-arms–a reminder of what the best genre-bending books can achieve." – Literary Hub
"Appleseed incorporates myth, sci-fi, and satire into its dazzling high-wire act....Bell executes a kind of literary daredevilry, making carefully controlled storytelling feel treacherous and delightful." – Philadelphia Inquirer
"Appleseed plays on the dystopian climate disaster genre, deftly weaving threads from Greek mythology, magical realism, and America's settler-colonial folklore to create the parallel universe its characters inhabit. ... Unpredictable to the last page, Appleseed ties these disparate narratives together with a rich network of symbolism and sharp prose." – Los Angeles Review of Books
"Enormously ambitious...Bell not only radically shifts tone between [the] three timelines, he confidently hops genres as well." – Locus
"Employs myth, magic and science to give a damning account of the narrative of American exceptionalism and the relentless post-conquest exploitation of this country's vast natural resources....formally ambitious but still deeply humane....Bell has achieved something special here... timely, prescient and true." – New York Times Book Review
"Rich and complex... This is a terrifying, beautiful book...Bell has given us an urgent vision of a possible future, and a story that could lead us onto a better path if we just pay attention." – Tor.com
"Raises challenging questions about interconnection, complicity and ecological stewardship...Appleseed's mix of hard sci-fi, folkloric elements and ethical issues make it appealing for Neal Stephenson fans and readers who long to safeguard the wild....Daringly imagined." – Shelf Awareness
"Part tech thriller and part reimagined legend, Appleseed is a thought-provoking and mysterious read that explores climate change, manifest destiny, and corporate versus family responsibility. One of those books where every time you try to put it down, you inevitably say, 'Okay, just one more chapter.'" – Fort Worth Magazine
"Gorgeous and weird...vivid, sharp, and sensual." – Philadelphia Inquirer