Book review: The Trees

WHEN a forest erupts through the ground overnight, the modern landscape that we recognise today is destroyed and mankind is thrown into complete and utter turmoil. 

Ali Shaw

Bloomsbury, £14.99;

ebook, £10.04

Amongst the chaos, survivors Hannah and Adrien’s paths cross, and they embark on the journey to Ireland to find Adrien’s wife and discover just how far the forest reaches.

A gripping journey to the heart of wilderness, this book exquisitely captures the conflict between nature and man, but also between defeat and determination. 

The reader is plunged into a narrative that is simultaneously bewildering and yet somehow hauntingly familiar, forcing us to consider how the natural world has become an elusive stranger to us all.

The Trees is a stunning and vivid examination of the relationship between humans and the environment in which they live. 

Violent, beautiful, devastating and utterly enchanting, it’s a complete triumph for Ali Shaw, who masterfully brings every detail of the book to life.


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