Will the Earth be forever desolate? Can the scientists somehow reverse global warming? Are we all going to Hell in a handbasket? Read the book.
The familiar theme of science vs religion is prevalent throughout the book, at times a bit much. Most of the Christians in the story are the worst type of people imaginable. I can imagine losing quite a few Christian readers halfway through the book because of this, and pissing off the rest by the very end, but overall the story holds together. This is more of a disclaimer than a rebuke, as if you aren’t being challenged in one way or another, then you just aren’t reading the right stuff.
Indeed, it is impossible to talk about Trees for the Forest without addressing spirituality in some form. The scientists tasked with healing the planet have their own shaman to guide them, and at times the two “warring” ideologies coalesce into a narrative much broader, truer and more universal than any one religion. This is further compounded by the humanoid lizard creatures referred to as the Geney, a genetically-engineered slave race who developed their own myths and legends in order to describe their existence.
The work is not without its flaws. The occasional typo or odd-formatting can be overlooked, but I was a bit turned off by the bizarre first-person point-of-view switching back and forth to third-person with no warning, often one paragraph to the next. Despite these potentially jarring occurrences, I won’t linger here because the story is strong. If you're a fan of sci-fi looking for something different (and I always am), this won’t disappoint.