The Trees

By Ali Shaw
Read by Ben Onwukwe

08/02/2016 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781489099327

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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Far more intellectually and emotionally compelling than the typical disaster novel…The Trees shifts between established genres, changing them enough to create surprise—and move beyond despair.” Locus magazine
“This stunning exploration of love, hope, and the wildness inside us all will have readers enchanted from the first page.” Publishers Weekly
“A big, unclassifiable novel; it’s worth the effort to enter a world that is never what it appears. Kirkus Reviews
“Ben Onwukwe’s elegant British voice has a gritty undertone that befits the parallels of violence and beauty that are prevalent throughout this story…Onwukwe shines in his embodiment of Adrien’s perpetual fatigue and Hannah’s unnerving optimism.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Ali Shaw

Ali Shaw is the author of The Girl with Glass Feet, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize, and The Man Who Rained, among others. He has worked as a bookseller and at the Bodleian Library.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English