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There came an elastic aftershock of creaks and groans and then, softly softly, a chinking shower of rubbled cement. Leaves calmed and trunks stood serene. Where, not a minute before, there had been a suburb, there was now only woodland standing amid ruins.

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.

©2016 Ali Shaw (P)2016 Bolinda

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  • MissRed
  • Aurora, Colorado, United States
  • 12-31-16

Worth it!

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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The Trees

A gripping,intense story with characters who grow into meaningful people The end is satisfying.

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Almost OK

Narration hard to follow with a very deep British voice. Story a little simplistic. Ending predictable.

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  • Angela C
  • 09-17-17

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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  • SteveF
  • 10-10-16

Not for me

Very very slow . Not what I was expecting from the blurb on what it was about . Not much happens and the characters were a bit cliched for my liking .

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  • Jan Mowatt Smith
  • 05-11-16

Thoughtful and intriguing

Maybe a slightly slow starter but stick with it, a riveting read. Beautifully read and relevant in so many ways. A fable for the 21st century and beyond.

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  • Rank Outsider
  • 05-04-16

A very green post-apocalyptic world.

I loved the ideas in this. A world dominated by trees. Where a small group of survivors battle nature, men and a mystical realm to survive.

The action is kept close to the main players in the story. They are brilliantly drawn, particularly Hannah, whose principals and morals are seriously challenged by the new world.

The author tells a wonderful story, with totally original ideas, that kept me glued to my headphones.

Excellent narration too. A real winner.

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  • Jolene
  • 06-10-16

The end of the world as we know it

An unusual story with a rich vivid landscape and many unusual characters. I did enjoy this book, there were some parts of dialogue that dragged on and on unnecessarily at times but other than that it's worth the read for something a little different.

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  • Jonathan Crane
  • 05-26-16

good until the end

I liked the story but it lost my interest towards the end.

worth checking out but I don't think the story was really one for me