... important ... The book is at times a bit of a slog. Rawlence occasionally repeats himself. He presupposes a level of scientific knowledge (and vocabulary) not every reader will bring ... But it is worth the effort. We're already beginning to feel the impact of climate change through droughts, food insecurity and supply chain problems. Rawlence offers no solution, but notes that understanding the danger we face and 'accepting that the status quo is irretrievable is also the door to action.'
A grand investigation ... [Rawlence's] literary perspective, notable for its range of sources, is compelling, intriguing, and thoroughly engaging. Rawlence brings trees to the forefront of the climate-change war, conjuring images of zombie forests, grandmother trees, and the forestry management heroes dedicated to their cause. A title of the utmost importance at a time of tremendous peril, The Treeline is a game-changer.
Rawlence evokes the natural world in lyrical, delicate prose ... Rawlence offers no solutions for changes to come, only hope 'in shared endeavor, in transformation, in meaningful work for the common good.' Harper’s botanical drawings complement the text ... A timely, urgent message delivered in graceful fashion.