The Reapers Are the Angels (Reapers #1)
Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.
For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her de...more
It was deep night when she saw it, but...more
i was intrigued by this book, until i read mike reynolds' devastatingly negative review of it, and it got shunted to the mental back burner. but eventually i remembered that i am not as smart as mike reynolds, and i am content with playing with little glass paperweights refracting in the sunlight while giggling, so i read it. and i loved it.
but it's good - i lovingly thumb my nos...more
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of
the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the
The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the
end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire;
so shall it be the end of this world.
There are people who are not going to read this book just because they don’t read books with zombies. They may not read it because it is horror, fearing that they will be expos...more
If you are looking for thrills, mad and ravenous zombies, and intense gore, look elsewhere. You won’t find it here. Not that there isn’t violence or zombies, it’s just that they don’t overpower the story.
Without family or a place to live, 15-year-old Temple wanders around a bleak and barren landscape ravaged by zombies. Many of the human survivors live in groups, sheltering themselve...more
and the reapers are the angels.
I've read countless books in my life and through them I've been introduced to literally thousands of characters. Some of them I forgot almost instantly. Others I need to be reminded of and even then remember only faintly. Then there are some I remember clearly because a part of them was important to me. But there is also a very small number of characters that stay with me always, characters that follow me around like shadows......more
Now before you go thinking “Oh that poor man” let me tell you that this is rare for me. Like maybe o...more
Temple is a fifteen year old girl who has grown up in the ruins of America following the zombie apocalypse. She wanders the remains like a post-apocalyptic tourist looking at the wonders created by a ’slick god’ and encountering a variety of people along the way. Supremely capable and confident, Temple has little problem surviving and dispatching the ’meatskins’ she runs across, but she winds up with a determined kille...more
A girl who’s traveled the land, her mind filled with people, sights and words, with sins and redemption. She’s only 15 and has killed many the rule is kill or be killed. A desolate land of death and zombies, she did not choose this destiny. Amongst the contagious spreading of zombies, she hides from many in the shadows and is well equipped to fight twice her size equipped with her Gurkha knife. This story is written well, a story so bleak about death and survival and love has some beautifully w...more
From the start, Reapers quickly distinguishes itself in the zombie apocalypse genre. Temple, our heroine, has found herself a deserted lighthouse when she experiences the miracle of the fishes.
"She left the lighthouse and went down to the beach to look at the moon pure and straight, and she stood in the shallows and let her feet sink into the sand as the patter-waves tickled her ankles. And that's when she saw it, a school of tiny fi...more
Right from page 1, it was clear to me that this book stands in a category of its own in respect to YA lit - but then, can it even be considered YA lit? One sure thing I can say is that this is literature.
In fact, one of the traits which make this book really stand out is certainly the quality of its writing: metaphorical, evocat...more
Well, I gotta say I didn't expect that ending.
_The Reapers are the Angels_ is my first foray into the très au courant genre of zombie apocalypse. It was a fortunate choice and I can only hope I enjoy other forays into the genre as much. One thing I can say is that it’s definitely a real page-turner . The story of Temple, the young bad-ass action-grrl born into a world after the rise of the undead, is compelling and engrossing and has definitely got velocity. Temple herself is intere...more
or you can read my much less exciting review below...
4.5 stars out of 5
If you could take all the strong, fearless, intelligent, compassionate female characters from all the books you have read, you'll come close to Temple's character.
If you take all the screwed up, guilt ridden, angry, sad female characters from the books you have read, you'll come close to Temple's character.
Temple will go down as...more
The story was weighed down by the purple prose. It was a clunky read, only made worse by the "style" the author adopted in...more
About zombies, you can say I’m … earnest. I love how they can be so many different things at once – pathetic, savage, terrifying, unrelenting. Zombies are shambling and starving, haunted and lost. They ramble and feed, yet there is a hint, always just a hint, of some long lost memory of who they used to be. Nothing captures that better than the scene from Romero’s 1978 Dawn of the Dead when the zombies come in...more
25 years AFTER the zombies rise we still have electricity, Coke, ice, power enough to run elevators, & plenty of gasoline.Diesel engines still cross the country. The power grids are all still intact, apparently humans don't need to like, SERVICE the machin...more
The opening of the story seems beautiful, almost idyllic. Temple has found a sanctuary in an island lighthouse, where she goes through the daily chores of s...more
If you do want a crack at some answers Lisa and Catie...more
Amazon Vine, wonderful folks that they are, provided me with the best book I read last year hands down, China Mieville's The City and the City. And now, they've provided me with another book that has a strong chance of topping 2010's list: Alden Bell's debut novel, The Reapers Are the Angels. (If you're wondering, as I was, about the awkward title, it's a Biblical quote.) Actually, while it's Alden Bell's debut novel, it's not, really. Alden Bel...more
She turns her back on the lost and the dead and the trampled down, she leaves them to their airy graves, and she and the big man next to her look upward at heaven and find there not just gates and angels but other wonders too, like airplanes that go faster than sound and statues taller than any man and waterfalls taller than any statue and buildings taller than any waterfall and stories taller still that reach up and hook you by the britches on the cusp of the moon, where you can look and see t...more
YA novels pretty much have to have a happy ending. Or at least a triumph. Sure, the author might kill off a kid sister or a friend or two, but ultimately the her...more
Intense. So intense in fact that relief is what I felt with its ending. Well, relief and confusion and anger but yes, most definitely relief.
Temple is fifteen and making her way across a destroyed, zombie-filled America. This destruction is tackled in detail. Everything from where they live, how they live, what they had do to survive is described in detail~ wherein the gruesome nature of the book pops up. This isn’t for everyone, and is definitely not for the faint...more
The world that Temple lives in is the only world she’s ever known. She never lived in a world where there weren’t any zombies, a world where everyone was peaceful and didn’t have to wake up and fighting to survive each and every day.
"The world, it treats you kind enough so long as you’re not fightin against it."
Temple is a great character. Sh...more
Temple is a young 15 year old girl on her own. She wasn't born before the zombies took over. She was born after. It's all she has ever known. This character is one of the strongest female characters that I think I have read about. I ADORED her. She feels that she i...more
The Reapers are the Angels is also about as bleak as you can get, but pressing through this is, at times, wonderful writing, and a very good story. There is no use of quotation marks, which for some reason at the beginning I found a bit pretentious...you know, the old style over substance thing, b...more
Alden Bell manoeuvres his writing across touchstones such as William Faulkner and Richard Matheson as opposed to fashionable cinematic styling's or dumbed down schlock novels and his words ring like polished glass in the light of...more
It took me a little while to get into this story, honestly, even though the premise is one that appeals to me so much. The story is told in a 3rd person omniscient narration, but also through Temple's eyes, in a way. Her unique take on life comes through the narrat...more
You know those books that want to ROMANTICIZE every last thing down to the very last lint ball? Sometimes those things drive me insane. Sometimes I just want a story... TOLD LIKE A STORY!!
Well buddy, I got it with THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS.
I don't know if it's because it was told by a man, or maybe because it's told in 3rd person, but it was told right. I never got board. And I never once thought these two or that two or those three were going to fall in love...more