There is no warning. No chance to prepare. They arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest. Buildings are destroyed. Broken bodies, still wrapped in tattered bed linen, hang among the twitching leaves.
Adrien Thomas has never been much of a hero. But when he realises that no help is coming, he ventures out into this unrecognisable world. Michelle, his wife, is across the sea in Ireland and he has no way of knowing whether the trees have come for her too. Then Adrien meets green-fingered Hannah and her teenage son Seb.
Together, they set out to find Hannah's forester brother, to reunite Adrien with his wife - and to discover just how deep the forest goes. Their journey will take them to a place of terrible beauty and violence, to the dark heart of nature and the darkness inside themselves.
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By H. Fosdike on 16-03-18
Interesting but slow
The book starts quite quickly with a whole load of trees shooting up through the Earth's surface and instantly turning the world into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. No more internet, no more roads and an awful lot of screaming and dying from those unlucky enough to be impaled on branches as they grew from the ground.
From this great set-up, we meander. We really meander. Our protagonists traipsing slowly to one location and then another, occasionally philosophising an awful lot about what this scenario means. There's a fantastical nature to this new landscape with Whisperers hiding among the leaves and Unicorn-esque creatures guiding the way. Many would have stopped at this point (from other reviews, many have) but if you continue on, much like the characters in the book, there's a reward of sorts. The ending is certainly divisive and who knows if it was for me (I'm still attempting to process what happened) but in the final chapters the book moves quickly, which was great and for the first time listening to it there was real interest to see how events would transpire. Unfortunately it was a little too late but the descriptions are evocative, the idea is immense and this is probably ripe for an interesting TV mini-series adaptation.
The narration was very crisp and clear - all in all, very good - and that cover is absolutely beautiful.
By Angela C on 17-09-17
High Expectations but I Gave Up!
Was it the writing, or the lugubrious, snail-paced narration? The premise was great - Trees take back the planet as a small band of survivors search for loved ones. The setup and mix of characters were full of promise. Yet the pedestrian dialogue and the droning narration finally got to me. Half-way through I simply couldn't take another plodding hour - even with the addition of a pet vixen cub to the shrinking band of characters. I'd love to know what happened but oh dear...
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By Tam on 20-09-16
Post apocalypse with a little bit of magic
What made the experience of listening to The Trees the most enjoyable?
This was a strange book, difficult to define. The writing is beautiful with vivid descriptions of nature. It's a look at not only Earth's nature, but human nature as well.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I liked them all.. every quirky, flawed one of them. I even started thinking "hey, maybe worms aren't that gross"
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite part of any book is when someone is faced with a difficult decision, and trying to understand what led them to that decision. There were quite a few in this book.
Any additional comments?
This book reminds me of a Margaret Atwood novel. If you liked her MaddAddam series, you will probably like The Trees. If you don't like apocalyptic/fantasy/survivalist stories, then this one isn't for you.
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By MissRed on 31-12-16
I had been putting off getting this title. No reason, I just figured I'd not enjoy it and have to return it. I was so wrong
I loved this. The characters felt real, and had their good and bad qualities. The premise is completely new, for me at least, and I loved that. I really loved how the magical elements were introduced slowly, and they didn't take away from the journey these people were taking.
I can't put into words what I felt when listening to this. But I will listen to it again. I know I'll find even more to appreciate about it. Maybe even find the words to describe why I loved it so much!
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