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Starred Review. Born into a crumbling society plagued by zombies, all 15-year-old Temple knows is to kill or be killed. When she is assaulted at a safe house, she murders her human attacker, Abraham Todd, and runs from his vengeful brother, Moses. Temple soon acquires a traveling partner, a slow mute by the name of Maury, and begrudgingly takes responsibility for his care, remembering a young boy she swore to protect but couldn't save. Fleeing Moses, the "meatskins," and her own battered conscience, Temple still finds moments of simple joy in the brutal world. Bell (a pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, author of Hummingbirds) has created an exquisitely bleak tale and an unforgettable heroine whose eye for beauty and aching need for redemption somehow bring wonder into a world full of violence and decay.
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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 any horror fan could desire, the effluvia rendered in a high Southern Gothic style as redolent of rotting magnolia as anything written by William Faulkner or Cormac McCarthy. (Charlie Huston, author of Sleepless)
... This is a must-read for those who like their literature both brain-specked and philosophical. (journalstar.com)
Believable zombie story that focuses more on the characters than the chaos caused by the zombie infection. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rodney D Brown
I'm usually not one to suggest reading, because a lot of what I read is junk. I can admit that. But, this is a beautiful book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This, finally, is the literary zombie apocalypse novel that I've been searching for. And it flew completely under my radar…unlike the awful Zone One, this book didn't seem to get a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ro Howard
Loved this book! Made the last two I read after it boring in comparison. Love the descriptor qualities. Beautiful and tragic.Published 3 months ago by michelle
This book is wonderful, whether you're into zombies or not. Basically, it's so well and beautifully written that it comes close to being literature. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lee Hall
Absolutely amazing. So bleak, yet beautiful and uplifting. I was left cold and torn at the end and needed a moment to decompress. Such an amazing novel. Incredible.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow, I absolutely loved this book. I loved the way it was written and I loved Temple. If you are looking for an action only Zombie book then this isn't really the book for that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kathy