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Sunday, February 15, 2015

REVIEW: "Trees, Volume 1" by Warren Ellis

Disclaimer: I received a free, advanced, e-copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Release Date: February 24, 2015

Type: Graphic Novel, Comic Book, Multiple POVs (sorta?), Science Fiction, Aliens, Intelligent Life..somewhere.

About the Book: Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. 

Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. 

Trees, a new science fiction graphic novel by Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Red) and Jason Howard (Super Dinoasaur, Astounding Wolf-Man) looks at a near-future world where life goes on in the shadows of the Trees: in China, where a young painter arrives in the “special cultural zone” of a city under a Tree; in Italy, where a young woman under the menacing protection of a fascist gang meets an old man who wants to teach her terrible skills; and in Svalbard, where a research team is discovering, by accident, that the Trees may not be dormant after all, and the awful threat they truly represent. [Description provided by Netgalley.com]

My Review: I found this graphic novel to be incredibly original. There are lots of characters I liked, and several I fell in love with during the course of the story. And about half of those had brutal endings - already! So the end of this book left me somewhere between in love and totally upset. Which is how a lot of good books end, really. 

Since this is the first in a brand new series, there is a lot of introduction the writer needs to get through. So while a lot happens during the course of this book, at the same time.. not a lot happens. This story is told by following multiple people in different parts of the world. As of right now, other than the Trees, we have little idea of what is connecting them. I, for one, absolutely cannot wait to see how it all turns out. 

Cover Lovin': Talk about eye-catching! This is an excellent cover. Doesn't necessarily tell you anything about the story, but it will encourage people to pick up the book and read the back!

Recommendation: For fans of weird stuff. For fans of speculative fiction and science fiction. 

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars. Loved this one. Couldn't put it down. And I cannot wait until the next volume to see where it's going!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda at Novel Addiction ~!~ 

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