Exit Kingdom (The Reapers Novels) Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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At the end of days, what price salvation?
About the Author
Alden Bell lives in New York. For the past ten years, he has taught high school English at an Upper East Side prep school. Since 2002, he has also taught literature and cultural studies courses as an adjunct professor at the New School. In 2000, he received his Master’s and Ph.D. in English at New York University, specializing in twentieth-century American and British literature.
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In terms of language and dialogue it did but that's about it. Moses is an interesting character - more of the code of living that he shared with Temple. Abraham is not in the least sympathetic and frankly I wondered why Moses didn't just kill him in his sleep. I would have done. I can see that Moses needs a purpose more than anything and in fairness there are moments when Abraham seems almost human but ultimately he was a duff character for me.
Amata is a complicated tangle and not a particularly likable one. On the other hand if Alden bell were to write a reapers story from her POV I'd definitely buy it - would love to know what really goes on in her twisted mind.
The dead in this book don't really add any tension or pose any real threat. Maybe that's intentional. Either way they're caracatuers of humanity, shambling, directionless and pitiable. If they were a metaphor for the aimless consumerism and the attendant spiritual emptiness, then they do a great job. Other wise I'm not really sure what they add. Even over run with dead in an early scene, Moses and Abe don't seem to be in any real danger.
I found the reason behind Amata's apparent dead repellent a little hard to swallow. I'd almost rather it had gone completely unexplained, leaving us to wonder what was different about her.
Add to all that a somewhat flat ending and it was a bit of a damp squib. To do the book justice it was coming in under a distinct disadvantage after reapers and the fact that it was a prequel told in chunks as a campfire story didn't help.
3/5 stars for a good book but not a great one and slight disappointment.
When I saw that there was to be a sequel I jumped on the order button and could not wait to get my hands on it!
This story is told by Moses Todd (from the first book) and he is now traveling with his adopted charge Maury who he inherited by default from Temple. Things seem to be much the same in the world as when we last saw it, the zombies are still out there and the people are still getting by as best they can.
Although this ia a sequel it feels like a prequel at times due to the story being told from a mostly 'flashback' Point Of View. We learn Moses' history as he traveled the zombie infested lands with his brother Abraham, and at the same time we see the over-run world become a little more fleshed out in the telling. There are a lot of new characters to meet and their story's are mostly interesting but it just didn't move me the same way the first book did.
For two books set in the same world they seems so different.
It's not a terrible book....it's just not as likeable as the first one. It would take something quite epic to fill the gap left by Temple, I think, so it had a lot to live up to. It was an ok read but not one I'd go back to.
Yes this is a zombie story, but its not a story about zombies. The slugs (brilliant name) are just background characters and are not what the book is about. Its about honour, love, survival, loyalty and the lengths a man will go to protect what is his.
I have read the first book in the series, 'The Reapers are The Angels' three times and enjoyed reading it every time.
I enjoyed 'Exit Kingdom' but not as much as 'The Reapers are The Angels', the story was just as engaging but not as strongly written. Moses is a interesting character and it was interesting to find out where his life had taken him after meeting Temple and his life before meeting Temple, I just felt that there was something missing and I think it was Temple but this story was not Temple's.
The story is fast paced, well thought out and raises questions about the world around you and how it can change.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not just a pulp zombie novel but great prose that is visual. we need more novels Alden! perhaps I'll write one myself.Published on 23 Jan. 2014 by Kindle Customer
This is a follow up to The Reapers Are The Angels and whilst it is not as brilliant as the first book it is still an absorbing read. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2013 by J Collins