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'The Trees' is a story that started brilliantly. One day a forest appears out of no-where. Most people are killed, as trees impale them in their sleep. Unlikely hero, Adrian, survives and sets off on a journey with a diverse cast of characters. It's a bit like 'the Walking Dead' but with trees. There are truly horrific moments and more gore than I expected. I had perhaps hoped for something a bit more magical, or at least folklore-like. There are some elements of this, but Ali Shaw seems uncertain whether to tred the realist or fantastic path, resulting in an uneven plot and tone, at times.

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It is clear Ali Shaw has an enormous imagination and shows great promise, but the further this story went on the more I felt things were getting lost. There's a sense Ali Shaw himself got a little lost in the woods, which is a shame considering the excellent concept and the opening events.