(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Having read another book by this same author, I was happy to have won a copy of this book. I thought the concept was a really intriguing one and I also really liked the front cover.
I’ve read a lot of apocalyptic-themed books, but I thought this one was an original concept. I wasn’t especially keen on Adrien to begin with, but I did think that a lot of his actions and reactions made sense. He might not have been a conventional hero, but he was a realistic character.
I liked seeing how Hannah was affected by the trees to start with and how her views seemed to change and evolve through the course of the book. I thought it was good to see her affected by actions she’d taken and that she had to struggle with the consequences. However, there were more than a few characters who I found it difficult to understand their motivation, even when they explained it.
I wasn’t especially sold on much of the romance, but that was also because many of the interactions between the characters were glossed over, or summarised in the narration. However, I did find the emotions between Seb and Hiroko more believable than Hannah and Eoin. The progression between the former seemed more natural than the latter.
I thought it was good to see the different reactions people had to the devastation caused by the trees. It was interesting to see how some people came to believe they were above any kind of morals and that the lack of police meant they didn’t have to obey any ethical law.
I thought that the concept of the Whisperers was an intriguing one and it was interesting to see how different people were affected by seeing them and the tree. However, by the end of the book, I was a bit disappointed there weren’t many clear answers. I would have liked to know why.
There was a lot of tension in this book, but there were different types. Even though it dragged a little in places, I didn’t really find myself getting bored and I enjoyed being able to learn more about the history of the characters.
Particularly towards the end of the book, I noticed a lot of glossing over of important events. I would have liked to see those expanded upon a bit.
While I couldn’t say I had a favourite character, I did like Hiroko a lot more than the others, even if I did feel her priorities were a bit skewed. And if there’s a sequel to this book, I’d like to see more of her and Seb’s journey, as I thought Seb’s evolution as a character was particularly interesting.