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The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
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Jun 09, 11

Read from June 06 to 08, 2011

Three words:

Gruesome.

Bloody.

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 of heart, Alden Bell takes his time in detailing the goings on of Temple’s world. But what fascinated me most was her matter of fact living. See a zombie? Avoid it. But kill if need be. She’d been born into a world where zombies were fact, so her bits of wisdom made sense to me. Why live in fear when the world was the way it was? But dig a bit deeper and you know she’s running from something, you know she’s damaged. The root of this damage makes her all the more sadder in my eyes, but stronger too. So that ending, while upsetting came as a relief. Moses described her best, when he said she was unafraid of everything but herself. Speaking of Moses, their relationship was confusing, thought provoking. NO, theirs wasn’t a romantic one, (although it could have been.) That would be oversimplifying matters. Theirs was complex relationship of hunter-hunted, of respect and honor and later we discover, of equals- in the truest sense.

I’m probably going to be thinking of Reapers weeks from now.
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Wendy Darling I'm so glad you liked it!


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