The Reapers Are the Angels

The Reapers Are the Angels

Book - 2010
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God is a slick god. Temple knows. She knows because of all the crackerjack miracles still to be seen on this ruined globe...Older than her years and completely alone, Temple is just trying to live one day at a time in a post-apocalyptic world, where the undead roam endlessly, and the remnant of mankind who have survived, at times, seem to retain little humanity themselves. This is the world she was born into. Temple has known nothing else. Her journey takes her to far-flung places, to people struggling to maintain some semblance of civilization - and to those who have created a new world order for themselves. When she comes across the helpless Maury, she attempts to set one thing right, if she can just get him back to his family in Texas then maybe it will bring redemption for some of the terrible things she's done in her past. Because Temple has had to fight to survive, has done things that she's not proud of and, along the road, she's made enemies. Now one vengeful man is determined that, in a world gone mad, killing her is the one thing that makes sense.
Publisher: London : Tor, 2010.
ISBN: 9780230748644
0230748643
Branch Call Number: HORROR
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,23 cm.

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WendyLC
May 15, 2016

Not just "a" literary zombie novel, but THE literary zombie novel. I hate first person present tense, but he's such an amazing writer, a poet, that I didn't care in this case.

Dark but humane, violent and realistic, affecting characters.

I read it in 2014 and ranked it as one of the top 5 books I read that year.

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IMEN MIZI
Aug 03, 2015

This book was not a typical zombie story and was very creative.

KindianaJones Dec 16, 2014

Well-written addition to the zombie canon. Small moments of almost excruciating beauty. Wasn't so sure about the mutant bit in the middle...

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bake7829
Oct 02, 2014

Loved this book. Like all great zombie fiction it's not really about the Zs, and the main character's voice and phrasing throughout the story evokes such rich imagery. Somehow the second book in the series (it's a prequel for a different character) hasn't found a publisher in the USA so you have to find a copy from the UK for more of this wonderful story.

harleyboo May 27, 2013

Wow what a beautiful book! I had no idea that a zombie book could be so pretty. Great leading character you will love. I also liked how the zombies were called slugs, it just made it diffrent. Good read but over way too soon. I wanted it never to end.

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Kristen MERKE
Apr 21, 2013

Amazing. You start to forget it's a zombie book as it turns into something so much more. Temple is such a great character and the plot just drives forward. At points was almost too graphic, but the phenomenal writing over powered any disgust I had.

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kelliyfults
Apr 04, 2013

Terrific story... unique in this genre. Superb main charcters and dialogue. Did not rely on cliche or gratuitous gore! Surprising how enjoyable it is to read the demise of our (deserving) current culture...

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WGHolw
Feb 26, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, as a fan of apocalypse and horror dramas, I have to say it is one of the best I've read. You bond to the lead character and grieve for her new world. Recommend it.

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GooF620
Feb 19, 2013

This book creates a strong, female character for readers to enjoy. You understand and relate to her early in the book, and go on an adventure with her. Throughout, I kept imagining this as a Quentin Tarantino movie. And Tulsa plays a big role in the book, which made it even more intriguing.

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meanjulio
Dec 17, 2012

Who knew that a post-apocolyptic landscape full of murders, monsters in the form of hill-billy genetic experiments, and of course zombies in various states of decay- could be so expertly and often so beautifully told? The main character, 15-year-old Temple, is one of the best I have read in awhile, and Alden Bell succeeds in getting her voice so inside your head, that you find yourself looking up and not only speaking like her, but wondering why you aren't in her world, and maybe a little upset because your own is so boring comparitvely. This is almost a road trip book, somewhat of a western, and full of characters and adventure that keep everything intriguing. The book seems to move slowly, but I couldn't put it down. Just a lovely, lovely book about a post-apocolyptic zombie world.

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Apr 21, 2013

History isn't something from an encyclopedia - it's everywhere you look.

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