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  • 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

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What is it with English teachers making the transition to writing tales of horror? It must have something to do with seeing the darker sides of humanity as exhibited daily by children in classrooms across the world. Swelling the ranks of the likes of Justin Cronin (author of The Passage) is American High School English teacher Alden Bell and his debut novel, The Reapers are the Angels, a horror tale set in a post-apocalyptic America, plagued by zombies and beset on all sides by the more chilling side of human nature.

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.
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The Reapers are the Angels is the story of a fifteen year old girl wandering through an abused world, meeting friends, picking up strays and being chased by an enemy.

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.

Excellent read.
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Zombies, much like vampires in recent years, have seen a resurgence in TV, film, novels and comics. Therefore finding something new and interesting can seem like an impossible task, but Alden Bell has accomplished it with style. The story takes place after a zombie apocalypse, and the closest story it resembles to me is The Walking Dead, a long running comic series from Image, which is currently being made into a TV series by Frank Darabont. Unlike The Walking Dead, the world has been like this for 25 years and the main character, Temple, is a teenager, so this is all she has ever known, which makes for an interesting and unique perspective. Enough time has also passed that humanity has clawed back small portions of the land, barricaded sections of cities and small communities, but Temple is a traveller. When she was younger she tried the sedentary life, with something resembling a normal life, but the inevitable happened and staying on the move seems safer. She's spent so long living with a shadow at her back that it has irreversibly changed her into an older, more brutal version of the girl she might have been if she had been born many years before the fall. The most poignant example of this divergence comes when she meets someone her own age who has grown up in a fenced community and the differences between them are shocking, touching and very telling.

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.
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I found this book really engaging from the start and read it in one day.I just had to see what happenend to the lovely temple and if she returned Maury to his home safely.So i was surprised at the ending and shocked too. This book once finished still leaves you thinking about it for many days afterwards, and yes it did make me cry in the end.Don't think the people who gave this a bad review were even reading the same book. would highly recommend it.
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