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Review: 153. The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell...

December 9, 2010
Alden Bell's The Reapers are the Angels has been waiting patiently for me to read it, and now I have. Add this to your winter reading if you're looking for something a little post-apocalyptic starring zombies... Or if you're just looking for something to read.

the reapers are the angels
Title: The Reapers are the Angels
Author: Alden Bell
ISBN-13: 9780805092431
ARC: 225 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository

drey's thoughts:
The world has gone to heck in a handbasket, and fifteen-year-old Temple has to leave her pretty little lighthouse because it's not going to be safe for much longer, especially since the meatskins--that's what the zombies are called in this offering from Alden Bell--have managed to get to it. So she takes off to see what else is out there. Other than meatskins, that is...

Then she finds a group of people holed up in a city. A group trying to take things back from the meatskins, and keep civilization (as they know it) going. But when one of the men in that group attempts an assault, Temple kills him in self-defense and earns the enmity of his brother Moses, and has to leave the safety that the group represents.

Temple is an intriguing character. At times almost sweet, she's usually brusque and has no trouble saying what she means. She's got a good sense of self-preservation, and yet shows compassion. She wields her gurkha knife like she means business (which she does, because it literally can be the difference between life and death--or meatskin state) and keeps her gun as a backup because bullets are hard to come by. And as she drives north, then west, you want her to find whatever peace she is looking for, because this life is so devastatingly depressing. Yet, she has this pragmatic outlook on things, and is even at times hopeful, and you cannot help but wonder at it.

I loved Temple. Read this. Before I send meatskins after you. *grin*

drey's rating: Outstanding

Challenges: 100+, Pub


SQT said...

I loved this book. It's going at the top of my best-of list for this year.

Lenore Appelhans said...

A ton of peeps have rec'd this to me, so I bought it! Will read it next year for Dystopian Feb.

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

I was blown away at how much I enjoyed this one!!

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