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The Road to Woodbury (The Walking Dead #2)

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It is a dangerous world that Lilly lives in. The walking dead lurk in every corner, massacring anyone they can get their hands on. Nowhere is safe. But when a terrifying ordeal leaves numerous dead, Lilly and her companions are forced out of their tented community and into the open.

Safety seems to come in the form of Woodbury, a gated compound with food and protection. Yet
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Published October 8th 2012 by MacMillan Audio (first published 2012)
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Christa Maurice
May 18, 2013 Christa Maurice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the action and the basic story were pretty good, the writing was awful. "Tight knots of spectators scattered across the stands"? And if the Josh (endlessly referred to as "the big man") had called his girlfriend 'babygirl' one more time I was going to scream. I wasn't impressed with the characters either for the most part. One of the main female characters regularly froze up when she was frightened. How is she supposed to survive a zombie attack? The deer in the headlights usually gets run ...more
Meh. If you have read "The Rise of the Governor" or are current with "The Walking Dead" graphic novels then the ending of this book is in no way surprising. The whole book felt like Robert Kirkman rushed through it just to get another book out there to sell. The characters were kind of lame and there was some serious slut shaming going on that was off-putting. Perhaps Kirkman was trying to identify with the ladies, but his idea of lady seems to be scared, fragile angel or slutty, pothead-prostit ...more
This book was received for free as an advanced reading copy through GoodReads’ FirstReads giveaway.

The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury is a horror novel that follows a small band of survivors in Kirkman’s zombie apocalypse as they try to find a safe haven from zombies…and other survivors.

This is a prequel, parallel, or companion novel to the main comic series, depending how you approach it. The main characters have been introduced in the comics as Woodbury residents under The Governor, but ha
Scott D.
Oct 31, 2012 Scott D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio
"He seemed like a good man."

She looks up, focusing on the doctor. "Is that even possible any more?"

"Is what possible?"

"Being a good person?"

Fred Berman narrates this Walking Dead audiobook, written by Robert Kirkman (the creator) and Jay Bonansinga. I enjoy his narration very much. Even though there is a bunch of zombie fighting in this book, it's character driven, and Berman adds great touches to each character.

I watch the Walking Dead TV show, and The Governor was introduced just last week. I
Mar 21, 2013 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This book is nominally a sequel to Rise of the Governor; I say nominally because we don't see an of the characters or plot threads from that book until this one is about half over. So in that regard, right off the bat this book disappoints. What about in other regards? To be honest, it isn't very well-written. The characters are deeply stupid and the writing is incredibly repetitive, and that is a bad, bad combination. I lost count of how many times the narration would point out that because of ...more
Danielle Wood
I'm torn on the book. I really love the Walking Dead, which is a surprise for me as I'm not usually one for the horror genre--- but something about zombie novels are just fun. I'll give the book a 3 out of 5 stars because I still like the storyline despite my problems with it. My friend has been a huge Walking Dead fan since the beginning. I've read all the graphic novels to date as well as the first novel. I know exactly how the team writes and something is off with this one.

I think this novel
Kimberley doruyter
this guy really is one sick puppy.
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Read It, Track It is a way for me to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.

Fans of The Walking Dead TV show will enjoy these books. You get a closer look at the Governor that we all love to hate. Book 1, The Rise of the Governor is more focused on a small group of family and friends where one of them becomes the Governor at the end.

The Road to Woodbury is a little different. The first half focuses on another group and wha
Sep 21, 2012 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not having read the first book, nor the comics I was not sure I was going to like this. I was wrong. This book stands on its own. The prose is witty and compelling. The story is facinating. AND it is really frightening at times. I admit to placing this book in the freezer because it creeped me out. If you are a zombie fan or you love the series, READ this book!
What I found most striking about the story is that the most dangerous, frightening monster in the story is not the ravenous hordes of the
Oct 01, 2012 kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Walking Dead comics and TV show
Shelves: first-reads
(I received this from a Goodreads First-Read giveaway.)

I've read some of the comics, and I watch the TV show. This book is at least at the same quality of both of those, so I'd recommend it to fans for sure. The characters introduced were interesting, and the story was well-written and appropriately horrific at times, as would be expected. The ending was enough to make me interested in a continuation of the story, as well. All in all, a good book, and in the spirit of the TV and comics.
Kimberley doruyter
some of the bits in this one nearly made me gag.
This book was won off of GoodReads Giveaways!!

uhm, can I say I am stoked at age 43, for having won this book!!?? Well, I am. I cannot wait to read it. I love this show and will give it 3 stars just for winning it! hehehehe....

Update: where are all the pictures? I was and still am glad to have won this; but I really thought this was the graphic novel. It is literally a book; and not too shabby either. I like learning a few tidbits that are not in the show; but they were not big enough to give thi
Quick and Dirty- Woodbury, it wacko capital of the new world. The new man in charge is beyond sanity, and has so many secrets, he doesn't even know who he is at times. We get to know several of the towns residents, and really learn to hate them, (Ahem Lilly), and feel for them. The stories here are so much more than the TV show and I think so much better. Just imagine, no bad actors.
I'm off to start book 3 , part 1- Fall of the Governor
Sep 12, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was received for free as an advanced reading copy through GoodReads’ FirstReads giveaway.

The Walking Dead: The Road To Woodbury is a sequel to the novel The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor. For those not in the know, these books are spun off from the comics/graphic novels, and not the TV show. If you're solely a fan of the show, or have not read the prior novel, you will most likely want to pass on reading this until you've had the chance to discover them. Those who have the pleasur
Jun 12, 2013 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury" by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga is the second book in the "Governor" trilogy.

As you may have read in my review of the first book in the trilogy about the rise of Philip Blake as the Governor, if you're only familiar with the AMC TV series "The Walking Dead" and not the comic book adventures, you won't find the world or the town of Woodbury or the Governor in this book that familiar.

The AMC Governor is a tall, imposing, charismatic figure ruling over
Jul 13, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love zombie fiction.  By reading the two first books in this trilogy, the comic books, and watching the TV show I feel pretty confident that I would be able to survive in a zombie apocalypse.  Must remember a few things: don't get bitten, always scavenge for non-perishable food and water, find a weapon (preferably lots of weapons including a crossbow), avoid heavily populated areas, beware of fellow survivors, and so on.  Who am I kidding?  I'd probably run for the hills and hide like a little ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read the first book in the series (The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor), then you would most likely have changed the way you felt about the Governor or at least have gotten a better understanding of him. Well, this book reminded me why I hated him so much in the first place. I truly love The Walking Dead, it is literally my life, and the governor is by far the only character that I have truly hated. This book has so many plot twists and cliff hangers, I love it. I really like how ...more
Bookworm Sean
From the start of this book, it is abundantly clear that the author’s writing skills have improved since the first book was published. The descriptions are brutal and do wonders to capture the feel of the characters barbaric existence. The thing I enjoy most about the series is the unpredictability of it; the characters could die at the turn of a corner.
I find the character of Lilly slightly contradictory; one minute she is completely neurotic and scared beyond usefulness, next she is tackling
Nov 14, 2012 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's only my love of the graphic novels and the tv show that keeps me coming back to these lesser cousins. The book goes for "literature" with unending sentences, instead of "good reading" with good sentences. I wanted to chuck it across the room the THIRD time the same characters were caught unawares by an oncoming clot of walkers. After the THIRD time you just deserve to die and give the page space to people smart enough to live! And when did "zombie" become part of the Walking Dead lexicon?! ...more
Raquel Bernardes
Feb 28, 2016 Raquel Bernardes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Neste livro, vemos a parte da história que não tinha acontecido, ou que aconteceu na série, mas não tinha sido bem explicado. Fala sobre o Governador, e quem não se lembra do Governador do The Walking Dead, que mata o pai (Herschel) na prisão onde o grupo se encontra? Sobre o grupo que foi formado pelo Governador para a sobrevivência, conhecemos outras personagens que não tinham surgido na série em si. É verdade, gostei de ler o livro, embora ache que as l
Sep 04, 2012 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling read, I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the comic books or TV series or Zombies in general or Post-Apocalyptic stories. It tells the story of a group of survivors in Georgia, set shortly after "The Turn", from their initial encampment to survival on the road to eventually encountering residents of Woodbury and joining the ranks of residents of Woodbury. These are the early days of Woodbury shortly after The Governor has risen to power and you see elements such as the race tr ...more
May 23, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
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Feb 06, 2017 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Walking Dead fans
The Road to Woodbury is a very different book from The Rise of the Governor. It focuses on an unfamiliar cast of characters and lacks the same emotional depth as its predecessor. We don’t see that same family bond that the Blake’s had – I use the term bond loosely, perhaps tension is more apt. Lilly and Josh are the key players, one a strong and imposing man, the other an attractive and timid young woman. Both try to eke out a life while surviving the zombie plague. While the authors go to great ...more
Oct 22, 2016 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read 22 October 2016: still just as haunting. Blake's exponential development into Philip, the Governor, and his very erratic behaviour. Not entirely sure why he keeps them alive, this actually seems out of character. Lilly's mental and physical journey keeps the story well paced throughout. Definitely a page-turner, hard to put down with the constant action.
Feb 17, 2016 Lainy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 277

Publisher - Thomas Dunne Books

Blurb from Goodreads

The first book explained how the Governor was created; this thrilling sequel to The New York Times bestseller further reveals his ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury

The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But th
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Quick & Dirty: Road to Woodbury is told from the perspective of an outsider to the budding little town.

The Review:

Road to Woodbury is the second installment of the Governor Trilogy, following the events that shaped the Governor into the super villain he is today. While I am not really a fan of the show, I did enjoy the first book in this series. The second one….not so much. I had such a hard time listening to this audiobook, I was forced to quit before rea
Zach Wade
Sep 21, 2012 Zach Wade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was provided free as an advanced readers copy through a Goodreads Giveaway.

The dead are walking the Earth, humans are banding together, and one Lilly Caul (as well as a small ragtag group of companions) is trying to survive. The story takes place well after the first outbreak of whatever type of disease is causing the dead to walk and follows Lilly as she tries to piece her life back together. Her companions include the giant Josh Lee Hamilton, the drunkard Bob, and stoners Megan and S
Sue Moro
Sep 07, 2012 Sue Moro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

This is the second book in the Governor’s trilogy, and it follows a new band of survivors. The main character in this group is a young woman named Lilly Caul. She has suffered with anxiety all of her life, and the current struggles to survive in this plague infested world of walkers has nearly sent her over the edge, and into the protective arms of fellow survivor Josh Lee Hamilton. The first half of the story focuses entirely on Lilly’s group as their numbe
Brandon Prayer
Jun 21, 2013 Brandon Prayer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost it was definitely fun to walk with zombies again because I'm completely obsessed with them in general. The book had some very heartfelt moments where you literally wanted to almost throw away the book after losing a character. On the other note there were some moments that left you wanting more especially after they'd all gotten to Woodbury. There were so many perspective swaps that I'd been confused a few times until the author cleared things up but the most annoying thing ab ...more
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Robert Kirkman is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of the original co-founders of ...more
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The Walking Dead (8 books)
  • Rise of the Governor (The Walking Dead #1)
  • The Fall of the Governor: Part One (The Walking Dead #3)
  • The Fall of the Governor: Part Two (The Walking Dead #4)
  • Descent (The Walking Dead #5)
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