- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tor (2 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330518968
- ISBN-13: 978-0330518963
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you loved Justin Cronin's "The Passage", this summer's vampire hit, you'll get a charge out of "The Reapers Are the Angels". It's a literary/horror mashup that is unsettlingly good."--"USA Today"""The Reapers Are the Angels "is a knockout, a fresh take on the zombie novel, with a heroine you can't help but root for as she braves the land of the living dead and the dead living, pursued by a foe far more dangerous than flesh-eaters and with the beacon of redemption flickering ahead. Alden Bell will snatch your attention and keep it until long after you close this book."--Tom Franklin, author of "Hell at the Breach""Alden Bell provides an astonishing twist on the southern gothic: like Flannery O'Connor with zombies."--Michael Gruber, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Book of Air and Shadows""Alden Bell has managed something improbable and striking: a disconcertingly beautiful tale of zombie apocalypse. "The Reapers Are the Angels" is soaked in all the blood that
A stunning apocalyptic novel told through the voice of a young woman --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I think it is clear that this novel is not primarily about the undead menace that lurks around every corner but more about the survivors and how they are coping with the situation, with the primary focal point being that of Temple, a fifteen year old girl born into the torn world that Bell has so ably created.
Stylistically, Bell writes very much like Cormac McCarthy and the imagery is similar to that found in The Road. The tone is dark and bleak; and Bell himself has described The Reapers are the Angels as being more Southern Gothic than a tale of a zombie apocalypse. The zombie plague provides the backdrop to the narrative but it's Temple's flight from her pursuer that drives the story on and for me, evoked memories of Frankenstein and the Doctor's pursuit of his creation.
As I'm sure you can guess from the title, there is much discussion of religion and God throughout the novel and Temple's moral compass is very much tested throughout the book.Read more ›
I think the word `zombie' is mentioned once and there seems to be a calmness and acceptance of these creatures (meatskins). Driving through the landscape with Temple I almost felt obliged to tip my hat and nod a greeting to the wandering dead, they seemed less of a threat than some of the unrelated kin she met.
There is no constant undead carnage however when the violence does erupt it is brutal and direct and not always absorbed by the meatskins. Temple's hostility is final and precise.
She is unable to read or write but is world-wise and intelligent. The dialogue from Temple is written with an accent, it's funny, honest and sometimes insulting. You forget she is only fifteen. Her mouth is almost as deadly as the Ghurkha knife she carries.
Underneath her tough exterior she is lonely, guilt ridden and friendly. I felt she needed her isolation for fear of `putting a killin' on someone either by her hand or another.
Then there is Moses Todd.
Alden Bell has written a very interesting and absorbing story.
I feel the story has scope for a prequel and a sequel.
The story follows Temple's journey across this rugged new version of America, where the wolves lurking at your eye corners are now shambling zombies or meatskins as Bell names them. Creatures driven by primal urges and instinct, to be dealt with if required but also pitied because of what they have become and who they used to be.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick and enjoyable book which I jumped into without reading anything around it, not even the back cover. Read morePublished 13 days ago by WinterSoldier
A sparse and frightening take on the genre. I absolutely loved it. Laconic characters, beautifully minimalist prose, and a brutal storyline. My favourite zombie book.Published 5 months ago by Alex Kirkpatrick
This was a weird story, i liked it however. Postage was fast, I would buy from the seller again.Published 5 months ago by cerys
This was easily the most gripping book I've read in a while. I don't go looking for zombie stories but when I find one it better be far and away beyond excellent. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tales of a Librarian
Gosh never finished this book the style is not for me, no quotation marks throughout the whole book with a very distinct accent from the narrator - if you buy this prepare yourselfPublished 10 months ago by Amy
It really is a book set aside on its own the ZA genre. Astonishingly beautiful and horrifying at the same time. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ZombieKebab
This is really a good book. Not just good for the genre, good in its own right. The style of righting has a rhythm to it that carries you along, the characters seem full of depth. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer