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.
“Strange and brilliantly unsettling, it’s a vivid look at a world gone to the wild” – Mail on Sunday, ‘The Best New Fiction’
“A strange and vivid journey into an ancient forest that has taken over the world with force. The Trees is a thought-provoking meditation on what it means to be wild. Death, darkness and eerie creatures lurk among the branches, but it’s the human characters that surprise the most … Ali Shaw once again weaves a fantastical and haunting story” – Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child
“Shaw’s climax is like nothing else, crescendoing with almost CGI levels of spectacle as Tarantino meets Middle Earth” – Financial Times
“Brilliant … Masterfully written and utterly enthralling … Dark and beautiful ****” – Grazia
“Violent, beautiful, devastating and utterly enchanting – a triumph” – Scotsman
“The Trees is a stunning and vivid examination of the relationship between humans and the environment … Shaw masterfully brings every detail of the book to life. A wonderfully imaginative story, but also a compelling social commentary” – Herald
“’A fairy story for people who can still envisage a future that isn’t completely bleak’” – Stanley Donwood
“A compelling adventure” – Marie Claire
“Simultaneously bewildering and yet somehow hauntingly familiar, forcing us to consider how the natural world has become an elusive stranger to us all … A complete triumph for Ali Shaw *****” – Western Mail, Book of the Week
“A gripping journey to the heart of wilderness … The Trees is a rarity and an absolute must-read” – Yorkshire Post
“An English ecological version of The Road” – Guardian
“Imaginative and original” – Sunday Post