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
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 nose at the nega...more
I think there is something like an inverse square rule at work here between one's familiarity with Southern Gothic (or Western/Appalachian morality tales more broadly) and enjoyment of this novel. Or maybe it's a bell curve, but I think there is a relationship. My knowledge of these things is limited - I had a shattering, eye-opening affair with Flannery O'Connor in my youth, and read The Road along with every other housewife on the planet, hit some of the short fiction...more
It was deep night when she saw it, but...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
If you do want a crack at some answers Lisa and Catie...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
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
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
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
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
I've really been blank for reviews on previous books I've finished and
I'm not sure why. Maybe just the lack of confidence to write one. I've said this before, but I read other peoples' reviews and am blown away on what a wonderful job that most write up. But maybe it's just a matter of practicing, right? So, Eddie, lets not be lazy and take a crack at this one...
OK, this was my first trip down zombie(meatskins, as said in this book) lane and it was trip I'd probably...more
To be fair, the first few chapters pulled me in. I wanted to like this, really. I've yet to find a good post-apocalyptic novel with good female characters. This book pr...more
Let me begin by saying, this book was not what I was expecting. I found that I wasn't over-excited to hurry and finish so I could find out what happens. It was more like I couldn't wait to find something else to do. In other words, it was a slow read for me. What I found though, I didn't hate the book.
The Reapers Are the Angels, tells us a compelling story about survival through the eyes of fifteen year old Temple. Alone in the world after a tragedy struck, she travels the dec...more
Temple is barely a teenager, left to survive in a failing world. She's illiterate, had never know family or a world without zombies yet she's searching the world for something she can't put a name to. Desp...more
Then she finds a group of people holed up in a city. A group trying to take things back from the meatskins, and keep civilizati...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
If you like The Stand, zombies, even Blood Red Road, strong female characters, self-discovery which goes hand in hand with rich characterization, post-apocalyptic settings, let's see, oh yeah, don't mind a bleak, haunting, terribly depressing yet deeply moving story, then I'd definitely give this gem of a book a try. Bonus, it's beautifully written.
Temple was an intriguing character, so full of contrasts,...more
So as soon as the characters in...more