For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulted remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.
©2010 Alden Bell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio
“Bell (a pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, author of Hummingbirds) has created an exquisitely bleak tale and an unforgettable heroine whose eye for beauty and aching need for redemption somehow bring wonder into a world full of violence and decay.” (Publishers Weekly)
An interesting character in Temple and vibrant detail in all things but it can get vexingly tedious at times.
I found it difficult to believe that after 25 years of an apocalyptic zombie plague that electrical grids function and gasoline appears to be in plentiful supply.
This was the first zombie apocalypse book I have read and I did enjoy parts of it but could not get past my dislikes.
I was totally invested in the characters throughout. I couldn't wait to start listening again. The biggest 'thinker' of the zombie genre I have ever read. an emotional roller coaster.
34-yr old African IT professional who relies on great audiobooks to get him through boring and repetitive work days. Also while driving!
This book is amazing. It's not so much a zombie book as they are barely in the periphery of the story as it is a story centered around the wonderfully written female character Temple and her journey of survival & self-discovery.
What I loved about Temple was her intelligence despite her lack of any sort of formal education, her fierce nature that has allowed her to thrive in a world where everyday is a struggle to survive, her positive attitude and hard-won wisdom in spite of it all. She's a character that is so well-written as to be completely believable and convincing unlike so many others in other series that are so bad-ass and competent as to be unrealistic. And I loved her for her unyielding sense of morality, her desire to do right by others while being stunned by her ability to see what's really important in life and still discover a measure of beauty in the world regardless of all the death surrounding her.
It was also nice and refreshing to finally see that a good number of good, decent people can exist in a (fictional) post-apocalyptic world as opposed to the over-abundance of looters/bandits/etc depicted in most other books of the same genre that take over the ruined landscape and continuously prey on the handful of decent folk trying to eke out a living.
And finally, the narration. Tai Sammons did a fantastic job by managing to sound both youthful and wise at the same time while voicing Temple as well being able to deliver convincing male performances. She even sung 2 short songs which is a first for me amongst the many audio books that I've listened to and she did a great job at both.
Absolutely. This book felt like poetry. It warmed my soul and chilled my spine.
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Bit too southern. Excellent narration with the exception of the main character. If the poisonwood bible made you feel at home you will be ok. If you are from up north it might hurt a little.
I could not put this book down. I had to see if Temple would be ok.
Did you enjoy Hemingway? Do you think Cormac McCarthy is the bomb? Are you a sucker for descriptions that make you forget your surroundings? Do you like the end of the world books with the occasional zombie thrown in to spice things up? Yes? Then this book is for you.
Geeky, photography-loving stitcher. Hobbits, zombies, space cowboys, agents, avengers, & clones are welcome in my post-apocalyptic dystopia.
Bell’s narrative is wonderfully lyrical. He describes the ravaged landscape with a hypnotic merging of beauty and horror. It is a rare thing to want to find the description of a world teeming with living corpses so achingly beautiful, but Bell accomplishes this in spades.
There is a degree of social balance in Bell’s post-zombie-apocalypse not frequently found such stories. Our main characters frequently find people willing to offer selfless assistance. This realism serves to heighten the tension and in no way lessens the horrors we encounter.
And I absolutely LOVE the main character. What a heroine (villain?) Temple reminds me of Hailee Steinfield’s Mattie Ross from True Grit…after Mattie would have progressed so far down a road of loss and revenge that the prospect of personal salvation is no longer visible. Part mindless warrior, part innocent teenager, part mother and protector, Temple is one of those rare characters who defy easy attempts to categorize them. She is a character who isn't sympathetic simply because she is a girl. The author doesn’t spare this “little girl” out of any assumption that her gender makes her either more or less capable…or vulnerable.
After my second experience with this book, I’m convinced it will remain very high in my list of favorites. This book elevates itself out of a simple “zombie” or “apocalypse” genre consideration. It has echoes of McCarthy’s The Road, King’s Dark Tower Series and True Grit.
The scenes with the "Inheritors of the Earth" are as terrifying as anything to be found in horror genres anywhere. Truly (and wonderfully) difficult to read about.
Ms. Sammons made me “see” Temple. She brought out all of the nuances in her character…strengths, weaknesses, doubts, certainties. She nailed Temple’s uneducated, backwoods, long-ago-time accent. Wonderful narration!
I have a lot of questions for Moses Todd and need to know so much more about him. We'd have to make sure he wasn't carrying any weapons though.
"Doggone it, she says. Why do livin' and dyin' always have to be just half an inch apart." A common zombie-apocalypse theme, the definition of living and dying among the survivors in Temple’s world has overlapped to the point of obscurity.
This theme runs over every element of the story. The world is both glorious and damned and the defining line between the two no longer provides any tangible separation. In the same way, Temple struggles with knowing whether she is a good or evil person. How can a person remain good when mere survival requires such inexact savagery? She is in a constant search for a life not filled solely with survival, death and killing, but, believes she is fundamentally incapable in participating in such a life if she found it.
I wish they had reviews about books like they do for movies, then I wouldn't waste my time and money on crap . No a teen book ! Sexual content and violence and gore- hence the rated R rating! Yuck !
This Zombie story really is different from all the others I have read. The book has a feeling of optimism throughout as you see the country rebuilding.
Yes the book has an bad guy throughout but it felt really different. It wasn't some crazy person trying to take over the world for no reason with a bunch of dumb followers. This bad guy had a goal and I could sympathize with him.
I really enjoyed all of the characters. The performance was outstanding. Could not have been a better voice for the characters.
Wish the book was longer. I would love to read a follow-up book about the same "world".
"His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS..
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."
Not sure what this title has to do with the rest of the book. ?
Other than an occasional nod to Christianity, this book is in no other way representative of Christ or Christians. Honor killing/revenge seem to be the underlying emphasis, while the primary thrust of the story seems to be only to survive in a messed up world without losing one's moral compass; The problem I have with that idea, is that the two main characters who illustrate this notion, have their own individual idea about morality. The dichotomy of Individual morals and Christian morals seems irreconcilable. If the author hadn't insisted on creating a connection to Christianity, and then departing from it, it might have carried more weight.
Performance was Tai Sammons solid and entertaining.
oh hell. just read it.
Reapers is well written and unique, thrilling and provocative. the characters are engaging and absolutely human. proof there is still some bite left in zombie fiction.
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