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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.