What? You need more persuading? Ok, so this is the story of Adrien Thomas. He’s been suffering from depression and a bit of a mid-life crisis and could easily be seen as a complete loser, his go-getting wife may well have got to the point where she’s going to go and get herself a different life. But despite this there is something very appealing about Adrian. His honest truculence and determined wishy-washiness is somehow sympathetic.
Then one night, when his misery is compounded by his wife Michelle being away but eased by the joy of a Chinese takeaway, the trees come.
A fully formed forest explodes out of the earth and bursts through floors and walls destroying everything in their path. The devastation leaves death scattered all around and survivors terrified and confused.
Adrien meets hippie Hannah and her teenage son Seb amongst the survivors, at first he spurns their offer of help and friendship business until he realises that no help is coming. They set out to find Hannah’s forester brother, then he plans to go on to Ireland to see if his wife is still alive and still wants him. If he doesn’t chicken out that is.
As I might have already mentioned, I loved this book. The premise was brilliant and very well executed, the characters were all utterly believable and well nuanced and the twists and turns were clever.
If there is ever an apocalypse, I almost want it to be like this!