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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451617003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451617009
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Zombie lovers won’t be able to put down Barnes’ gripping yarn, which will leave them hungry for the next installment." — Booklist

“Adds welcome diversity to the crowded zombie field.” (

“An enjoyable read . . . . solid storytelling.” (Zombie Joe Reviews)

“Very fast paced and wonderfully written horror.” (Bookhounds Book Review)

About the Author

Tananarive Due is an award-winning Essence bestselling author of Blood Colony, Good House, and Joplin’s Ghost. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia.
Steven Barnes is an award-winning author of twenty-three novels, including the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Cestus Deception. He lives in Smyrna, Georgia.

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Customer Reviews

I look forward to the next installment.
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I know this is an adult book but with most of the characters teens or young adults, it will probably be a great crossover for zombie fans looking for more adult fare.
Mary Bookhounds
I was very impressed with the writing of this book; the characters were well developed and real.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on August 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was my first "Zombie" read and I am so happy to report that I really enjoyed it. Barnes and Due draw us in from page one as we experience an ordinary day that could be today turn into a horror story. Some unknown infection is spreading across the country turning loved ones, friends and neighbors into zombie-like versions of themselves who spread this infection by biting their victims.

The characters, a group of juvenile "delinquents," and a lone teen, come together to try to make sense of the new world that surrounds them and to find a way to band together and survive. I loved the interpersonal relationships among the teens, the way they each picked up tasks that benefited the group, and most importantly the way they trust and support each other through the ensuing chaos.

Initially, I was a bit disappointed by the lack of descriptiveness but by a third of the way through the book I was hooked on the story and had come to appreciate the authors' writing style..It fits the tale. There are probably more questions left in my mind than answers upon finished Devil's Wake but that is not a complaint. I can't wait to pick up the second in this exciting new YA series so that I can find out what exactly is going on, whether those infected can be saved and if romance will bloom between Terry and Kendra.

My only issue with this novel would be it's marketing. Apparently the blurb is for the series as a whole and not this book as an individual as there were no references to aliens or a struggle for the planet in this book. In book one we don't know the cause of these transformations and it is assumed that it is some interaction between mushrooms and a flu vaccine. I can only assume that such revelations are to come in Book 2 and I must admit that I'm a bit upset that the books own blurb would have such spoilers for the whole series.

NOTE: I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Book Blogger on August 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Devil's Wake kept me awake at night and for good reason: Flesh eating zombies whose eyes crust red and who have one objective- to bite.

While on her way to the hospital to receive a flu shot, Kendra is suddenly frightened because the place becomes over run by zombie-like people- thus preventing her from receiving this mysterious shot. This infection is more than just an infection- these people are hungry and they transform really fast. Eventually Kendra finds a group of teens and young adults like herself who are just trying to stay alive on a blue bus called Blue Beauty. In the midst of all thats happening, revelations, friendships, and even love sparks.

I was greatly surprised by this book. It was certainly hard to stop reading. Due and her husband took everything we know about zombies from B-movies and the military and cooked it well together in this fine fiction.

The only problem I had with the book(which almost earned it four stars instead of five) is the speculation as to why the people turned in the first place. It could be a couple of reasons as the characters themeselves speculated early on but I hoped for a more different reason and who knows? The next book in this series could be deeper, and flesh out the explanation as to why people are eating people. Loved the concept though.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic on July 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes - what a FABULOUS combination! And, of course, 'tis the season (decade, century, etc) for post apocalyptic zombie stories, especially ones like this that you won't want to put down, even if you could! If you want to read a thrilling story from a dynamic duo, do NOT hesitate to buy this book! As for Tananarive and Steven, keep those proverbial pens flowing!

MJ Allaire, author of the Denicalis Dragon Chronicles
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on August 18, 2012
Format: Paperback

Kendra is a normal teen, with two loving parents and then her world falls apart. Both of her parents are bitten by plague ravaged freaks and her grandfather rescues her and takes her off to his secluded cabin outside in Washington state. When her grandfather is also attacked by a neighbor, she meets up with some camp counselors who are also on the run from the freaks. Two twins, one extremely brilliant misfit nicknamed Piranha, Terry and another girl close to her age named Sonia. As they wind their way through what was once a normal world, they end up in a military base where they are joined by Ursalina. Each of these individual help make up a new family in order to survive the post apocalyptic world after the infection has brought the world down.

The freaks are not ordinary zombies that you have read about before. They are not stupid and are fast at first, only slowing down as they infection takes a stronger hold on them. The only way they can be killed is by removing their head, either through a bullet or decapitation. As the story unfolds you get to find out the back story of most of the characters, especially Terry and Piranha. Ursalina, is slowly introduced towards the end. I found myself racing through this story to see if they would survive each Freak attack and then to make their way slowly in an old school bus to a place rumored to be Freak free called Devil's Wake, an island off the coast of California. Kendra and Terry do seem to have a connection but it is somewhat at that awkward stage. The real romance is between Piranha and Sonia and even that is kept under wraps.
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