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Exit Kingdom (Reapers #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  487 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
In a world where the undead outnumber the living, Moses Todd roams the post-apocalyptic plains of America. His reprobate brother, Abraham — his only companion — has known little else. Together, they journey because they have to; because they have nowhere to go, and no one to answer to other than themselves.

Traveling the bloody wastelands of this ruined world, Moses is loo
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Tor (first published September 1st 2012)
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Aug 04, 2015 karen rated it it was amazing

my god, i loved this.
i loved every single moment of it.
ceridwen has written a great review for this, naturally, and she was amazing enough to send me her copy. i am sad she didn't love it as much as i did, but she's got zombie standards, and for me, i was just so grateful to get this book, I can only echo her plea:

America, why you no publish Exit Kingdom?

this book is another zombie-but-not-zombie book. this is more like a survival story, or a quest story in a world in which there happen to also
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Almost two years ago, when I picked up a book called The Reapers Are the Angels (mostly because I liked the title), I never dreamed reading it would be such a life-changing, earth-shattering experience. Not only did Alden Bell (pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, author of Hummingbirds) take everything I thought I knew about genre fiction and turn it upside down, but his main characters, Temple and Moses (and what an odd pair they are) became permanent residents in my thoughts and in my heart.

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Mar 06, 2013 Terry rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Ok, first of all what the hell is up with that cover? In what world is Moses Todd supposed to look like a refugee from a paranormal romance series airing on the CW? Not in mine, that’s for sure.

Alright, now that that’s off my chest we can continue. What we have here is the sequel/prequel to Bell’s initial foray into the zombie apocalypse The Reapers Are the Angels. This time around we follow former secondary characters Moses Todd and his brother in their rambles across a ravaged America
Jan 03, 2013 Jon rated it really liked it
Exit Kingdom is not The Reapers are the Angels. It is not even trying to be Reapers, and for good reason: there is no point in rehashing an almost perfect book (or any book for that matter). Alden Bell wants to tell a new story, to see "this ruined globe" from a new perspective and see what else can be discerned of the world and existence. Where Reapers uses Temple as the gateway to discovering the beautiful and miraculous amidst horror and chaos, Kingdom uses Moses Todd in order to examine dark ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
4.5 Stars

Exit Kingdoms was a complete surprise for me. For one, I had no idea that Alden Bell was going to write a sequel to one of my very favorite post-apocalyptic novels. Additionally, I did not think that it would be possible to come up with a story that not only holds up to the original, but it makes a place for it to be relevant. The Reapers are the Angels, the first book in this world, is simply a magical masterpiece about one of the coolest protagonists ever, a young girl named Temple. I
Feb 18, 2013 Isamlq rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
What some mysteries reveal are truths so mundane they blast wide our own ludicrous vanities.

Moses Todd is many things. In Reapers I had him pegged as warrior with a code, seeking balance in a way he knew. Here he is that, but more too: from on-and-off violent man to accidental philosopher, a man of few words, deeper thoughts and rigid code. Then, him as brother watching out for brother, and watching as he did, was not at all blind to the younger’s faults (because there are many faults in tha
Aug 27, 2015 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Joshua Gaylord (a/k/a Alden Bell) is a wonderful writer. This book is a sequel to his critically acclaimed The Reapers Are the Angels, and provides the backstory of Moses Todd. Moses and his reprobate brother Abraham are wandering aimlessly in the post-apocalyptic world, when they are asked to transport a young, attractive redhead to a citadel in Colorado Springs. Revived with a sense of purpose, the brothers and the mysterious Vestal Amata forge a working relationship during their travels. The ...more
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25 SEPT 2015 - I got to 18%, but I'm having a hard time getting into this one. I don't think I'm in the mood for a book like this. I'm going to try again later.

Buddy read with the MacHalo group.

The first one (The Reapers are the Angels) was so good! My review on that one if you're interested.

This is the prequel.
May 03, 2014 Gea rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, 2014-read
Exit Kingdom is the story of a man who lives by a code of his own in a world devoid of law and morality. Moses Todd wanders the land protected by his preternatural strength, size, and brutality. He is his debauched brother Abraham's keeper, restraining him from the worse violence, but enacting no judgement. Moses wants a purpose. A mission. Something to give meaning to his post-apocalyptic wandering and he finds it at a holy outpost in the form of a small, beautiful, young woman. She is the Vest ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Bandit rated it really liked it
Having recently read and very much enjoyed Bell's first book, I was both ambivalent and eager to read Exit Kingdom. Ambivalent because so many sequels/prequels/serialized novels tend to cheapen and exploit the original authenticity and eager because Reapers are Angels was such an awesome book. Eagerness won out and Exit Kingdom having traveled all the way from Vancouver on the interlibrary loan was devoured in 3 hours. To his credit Bell has managed to maintain the same quality, the same marvelo ...more
Dec 07, 2014 martha rated it it was ok
Turns out I'm not even a little as interested in Moses Todd and his man pain as I was in the amazing Temple. (Also I'm still pissed at him.) There was a lightness to her character which balanced the grim setting and made the first book work. Moses' bleak, lost outlook on the world was really kind of a bummer in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, you know?

Somehow the language, which had been one of my favorite things about The Reapers are the Angels, didn't work for me here. In some way it didn't
 Simply Sam ツ
Aug 13, 2016 Simply Sam ツ marked it as in-the-library
Shelves: buddy-reads
Starting this one today! Be forewarned. I'll probably posts lots of updates in the form of quotes. His books are just so dang quotable.

Brought to you by another MacHalo crew BR. Coming 9/7/2015!

Because the The Reapers are the Angels was so good and Moses is such a bastard.
Alden Bell has a way of creating a haunting other-worldly atmosphere. Once again, I found myself completely drawn into his post-apocalyptic zombie setting. A virus turns the newly dead into zombies. They are constantly replenished as soon as someone dies. Here, the zombies are just background noise. They don't really pose much of a threat. A corpse lying face down in a puddle of bloody snow melt will twitch first in the arms, a shiver will run through the torso all the way down to the legs. The ...more
Jun 21, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Really leaning towards a 3.5 for this one, because the language was so "SAT-word"-y. Bell gives his narrators a very distinctive style, as we saw with Temple in Reapers, but sometimes he goes too far past southern gothic and into the ridiculous.

This is a prequel to The Reapers are the Angels, one of my favorite books the year it came out. Exit Kingdom definitely gives me more insight into Moses and why he acts the way he does towards Temple in the original novel, but it also makes me realize tha
Apr 04, 2013 JoJo rated it really liked it
What!!! I didn't know this was being released. What?? Must get my hands on it NOW!!!!

I got my hands on it!! Yay I really enjoyed it. A perfect zombie read. I love the way it is written. It makes me want to re read the first one again.
Pre-read Are you serious? How could I have not known about this until just now? I'm not gonna fangirl, but... I want to.
J.A. Ironside
May 03, 2014 J.A. Ironside rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, zombies
This was very hit and miss for me in terms of overall story. I deliberately waited a few weeks after reading 'the reapers are the angels' because I had a fear that this book couldn't possibly live up to the standard of that one.

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 hav
Aug 27, 2015 Badseedgirl rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-read-in
Alden Bell is an amazing American writer, he is also the pen name of Joshua Gaylord. I have no idea why he is not a better known author in the horror genre. Maybe because his novels are about zombies, on the surface and some readers are “book snobs.” I personally am a reverse “book snob,” so I cast no stones.

The thing is the books in his series “Reapers” which include The Reapers are the Angels and the novel this review will eventually be about Exit Kingdom are some of the best books I have read
Nov 09, 2013 Jacqui rated it really liked it
"Exit Kingdom" is the second book by Alden Bell set in a post apocalyptic America inhabited by bandits, wanderers, desperate survivors and zombies. Though it centers around Moses Todd, one of the characters in Bell's previous "The Reapers are the Angels", the events it depicts take place prior to the events in the first book. Despite the earlier timeline though, this second book will probably resonate more if "The Reapers are the Angels" is read first. The reason is simply Moses Todd. In "Reaper ...more
Michael Peck
Mar 07, 2014 Michael Peck rated it it was amazing
For whatever reason, I wasn't able to get this in print or ebook form in the U.S.; I had to buy it from a UK bookstore and have it shipped, which tells you how much I wanted to read it. I loved Bell's The Reapers Are the Angels and was hoping this would live up to it. I needn't have worried. It, like its predecessor, goes beyond the zombie genre. It's zombie poetry—beautiful, horrible, and a real treat. I only hope he chooses to revisit this world again.
Aug 10, 2012 Erica marked it as to-read
Calendar cleared for 9/13/12
Keith In Ky
Mar 14, 2013 Keith In Ky rated it liked it
Two things really bug me right off the bat. First. The main character is 50ish, the outbreak happened when he was 20 years old and the story is 5 years before the "present day", so he is 45ish in the flashback. So, why did the manner of speaking change so much in 30 years for everyone? People sound like the author is saying they would revert back to 1800's wild west speak for some unknown reason. They would not. That is annoying. Second. The story is set in America, the author is American. Why s ...more
Rowan Sharp
Sep 01, 2013 Rowan Sharp rated it liked it
This one is ok. If you like Fallout, Mad Max: roadwarrior, or a boy and his dog then you are going to love this. Not one for fans of the walking dead or most zombie movies.

I was given this book through a twitter competition, started read it only to discover that it is a prequel to the Reapers are the Angels. It is contained enough to work as a standalone, but I kind of regret not getting into The Reapers are the Angels before reading this.

The story is about a man (Moses Todd) telling a story a
Mar 30, 2016 Sonatajessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in equal parts excited and hesitant to start "Exit Kingdom"; excited because I absolutely adored "Reapers are the Angels", hesitant for I have had bad experiences with follow-ups to series that I liked and I didn't want this one to get ruined, "Reapers" worked perfectly fine as a stand alone. But as it turned out "EK" is a fantastic addition of a sequel/ prequel and my fears were in vain.
The success of these stories comes down to Bell's amazing writing, his words are hauntingly beautiful,
Katie Bliss
Dec 31, 2014 Katie Bliss rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed this prequel to The Reapers are the Angels, and it had the same Cormac McCarthy, plodding but beautiful language throughout. Bell finds and describes peace and order and treasures even in a post-apocalyptic zombie world in which the reader is far more dismayed with the actions of the alive than with the undead. The alive are pictured as having the choice to be immoral, shifty, violent (or good!) whereas the undead just are wanton victims who only crave one thing (yes, brains, of ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Isamlq
Shelves: e-book, dystopia, sequel
I recommend Exit Kingdom.
For the pursuit of good is a constant labour, and he ain't always got the strength in his heart.

Such decadent writing! It is a talent for an author to turned a zombie-infested world into this warm, fuzzy, and feel-good post-apocalytic place through his incredible storytelling. So I salute you, Mr. Bell. I am such a fan!

I should hate Moses Todd. His relentless pursuit of my favorite heroine Temple is an abomination in my eyes. But, but... he made me believe. In things th
Mar 24, 2013 Gerhard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The Reapers Are The Angels was one of the best books I read last year, so I was both surprised and delighted to hear that Alden Bell had written a sort-of prequel, bringing a very dark-hearted character from the first novel to centre stage in the second. This, of course, is Moses Todd.

If the book had focused exclusively on Moses, all and well, but Bell makes the fatal mistake of trying to replace Temple with another mysterious female character, known as the Vestal Amata, who seems to have the my
Dee Rose
Oct 07, 2014 Dee Rose rated it it was amazing
This is the second installment of the Reapers series. This is the tale of Moses and Abraham - 2 characters that you will remember from the Reapers are the Angels book and their involvement with Temple. The story is set prior to their encounter with Temple, which is good because it gives an insight into why Moses was so intent on pursuing Temple.

Moses's world has become one where there is no goal left but to survive day to day. Moses believes that his true purpose in life is to be the guardian an
I just fall for Alden Bell's writing. His way with words, his descriptions of landscapes, his morally grey characters - it just strikes a chord with me.

I loved the depiction of Moses in The Reapers are the Angels, and this book confirmed a lot of things that I guessed about his character in Reapers, as well as bringing up some interesting new tidbits about his past that make me continue to wonder and speculate. For example, (view spoiler)
Sep 21, 2014 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Exit Kingdom' is the story of Moses Todd, a man who has been travelling the roads for years as the world changed to a world where zombies exists and no one is really safe. Moses has learned to live by his wits and keeping his unstable brother, Abraham, safe. Moses and Abraham find a glimpse of humanity when they are given a task, the task is to take a young girl, a vestal to safety as she may have the key to saving the world. As their journey continues, the brothers find themselves facing odds ...more
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Joshua Gaylord lives in New York. Since 2000, he has taught high school English at an Upper East Side prep school (a modern orthodox co-educational Yeshiva). Since 2002, he has also taught literature and cultural studies courses as an adjunct professor at the New School. Prior to coming to New York, he grew up in the heart of Orange County: Anaheim, home of Disneyland. He graduated from Berkeley w ...more
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“To stop. To cease, just for a moment. To turn your back on the world, to close your eyes - to see the nothing that is not rather than the nothing that is everywhere around you. To just be quiet in your mind for a little minute.
There are paradises even yet on the abandoned plains of the earth -- and they are not filled with fecund flowering Edens but rather just with sweet unerring silences.”
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