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Devil's Wake (Devil's Wake #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  372 ratings  ·  90 reviews
What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse?

But this infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of . . . more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly.

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Paperback, 278 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Atria Books (first published February 21st 2012)
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Erica Smith
I needed a fix before The Walking Dead series returns to AMC, and little did I know that Tananarive Due and her husband Steven Barnes heard my silent prayer and produced a tour de force called "Devil's Wake".

What happens when all of a sudden, the people around you, the people you love become sick? Infected? And try to eat you? They overpopulate the earth and you find yourself running.

That's what happened to 16 year old Kendra. While on her way to the hospital to receive a flu shot, the place bec
The novel Devil’s Wake is the first in the new Devil’s Wake series from husband and wife writing team Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. In this novel they create a world of horror so frightening as to be almost unbelievable. Set in contemporary United States, the novel begins as residents of Seattle become aware of a strange epidemic that is sweeping the city, and ultimately the country and the entire planet.

As victims are bitten by other infected individuals, they in turn attack others in a “zo
Andrew Neal
This isn't the first book I've read in which a world overrun by zombies presents almost no threat whatsoever to our plucky young heroes (Hi, Mira Grant!), but it takes that non-threateningness to whole new level by making sure (view spoiler)

Add in the fact that the authors completely forgot to finish the book, and Mwwwwwahh! [insert finger kissing gesture] It's a perfect novel for folks who are deluded enough to be
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This year, the office where I work brought in someone to give people flu shots, making it easier for people to get them. Despite the fact that I declined the invite and didn’t fill out the paperwork, one of the admin at the office still called me to bully me into getting one. Peer pressure does not work on me for things I don’t want to do, so I didn’t get one. I’m opposed to them for a lot of reasons, one of which being my fear of needles, but that’s not the only reason, despite coworkers insist ...more
Qwantu Amaru
The Talking Dead

I am a massive fan of Steve Barnes and Tananarive Due collaborations and was so pleased that they moved into the horror genre with Devil's Wake. When working with another writer, sometimes you experience some rough patches as the voice and flow gets ironed out. That's why I rate this novel 4 stars versus 5 because the beginning of the book doesn't flow as well as the rest of it. By the end of the book, they are firing on all cylinders. I love their take on the genre and the way t
Bruce Baugh
An outstanding work, in a genre that's hard to do anything fresh in. This is a zombie-ish apocalypse story, with the "zombies" infected by a mysterious fungus-like blight; there are hints laid for revelations and evolutions in later volumes. It's a nice framework that lets them tie together a bunch of different zombie tropes, as they cheerfully acknowledge in their thanks. What makes me rate this so highly, though, is the excellence with which Barnes and Due write about young people. They've got ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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I’m always willing to read a book in the interest of important zombie research, so Devil’s Wake was definitely on my radar. Devil’s Wake follows two teenagers, Kendra, a girl left adrift on her own, and Terry, one of a group of kids that make up the Red Meadows Five, serving their time as camp counselors instead of in the Washington juvenile justice system. After their bosses, Vern and his wife Molly are attacked, turning
man this book burrowed under my skin. Creeped me out and drew me in. I couldn't believe how much I was enjoying it, how much I wanted to get back to it, how much I didn't want to put it down, and continued to think about it as I drove, ate, tried to go to sleep. I was really just expecting a ya (read light, inconsequential, romance driven) zombie novel. Well, it is a zombie novel. And it is about YAs. But I identified with each of these characters, worried about them, and was completely transpor ...more
This was a pretty good story and book. The writing was decent and didn't drag and make me want to punch myself in the face after throwing said book across the room.

There were some scenes that didn't really make sense to me, but I was willing to overlook the minor stupid factor. The authors also decided to sneak attack the reader with a vague paranormal aspect, outside of the "zombie" thing.

The end reads like there will, at the very least, be a sequel. When/if it comes out, I will most likely rea
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Utter garbage, and cynical "eye on the royalties" garbage at that. The only value this novel has is as a primer on how to NEVER WRITE A BOOK.

Wooden, one-dimensional characters that make popsicle sticks look complex by comparison. A plot that is as tired and shambling as zombies themselves, and limp dialogue that is instantly forgotten.

Easily one of the worst things I've ever read. Finished it only to say I had - just like you would at the dentist or a particularly bland meal.

Qwantu Amaru
The Talking Dead:

I am a massive fan of Steve Barnes and Tananarive Due collaborations and was so pleased that they moved into the horror genre with Devil's Wake. When working with another writer, sometimes you experience some rough patches as the voice and flow gets ironed out. That's why I rate this novel 4 stars versus 5 because the beginning of the book doesn't flow as well as the rest of it. By the end of the book, they are firing on all cylinders. I love their take on the genre and the way
Regina Hunter
Bit of let down ending, beginning was interesting, but I was putting it down too much. Then I got to page 50 and it blew me away. So do guys read this one.
I found it entertaining, interesting characters, and a unique take on the zombie apocalypse
Methinks Butler's Parables had an affair with Night of the Living Dead to give birth to this story. I really really really hope that they make this entire book into a movie or a series! The short film Danger Word was awesome; but this story is stellar! The last sentence gave me goosebumps. I kept hearing the authors say "If its a well written story; you can take a character through hell and back & the reader will follow you." {They actually said that at the 2010 Octavia Butler Conference at ...more
~Charmer~the 1click addict
This book scared the shit out of me; but I love me some Zombie books and movies. Me and my son do a zombie apocalypse scenario every time we're in a parkin garage, mall, picture show, or traffic, and we discuss what our evac plan would be for right then and there. It gets pretty interestin.

Ok, back to my review. Did I say how much this book scared the shit out of me? Oh, yeah I did. The scariest scene in the book for me was when Joe and Kendra were at Mike's place and when they were on their wa
I always thought that I didn’t like books about zombies or any other type of monsters that want to kill you or bite you. And maybe that’s the reason why I have avoided those types of books, even though sometimes I have felt curious about them. Just once, I decided to read one, (Young Adult book) and the only thing I can recall is how disappointed I was. And then, I saw Devil’s Wake and I wanted to read it. Just like an experiment. I didn’t know if I was going to hate it or love it. The only reas ...more

I spent all that time reading and that's how it ended? I hate that. I was contemplating so many times to put the book down and then I just decided to keep going because it wasn't THAT bad.

I don't normally read zombie books. I read World War Z and thought it sucked hard, I started Warm Bodies and couldn't get into it..I just am not really interested in them. So why did I read this one? I guess I was more interested in what happened when the world as we knew it ended than the "freaks," as they
Once Bitten

Southern Washington State: Sixteen-year-old Kendra Washington is taken to the hospital by her parents to get a flu shot. On the way to the hospital, the radio reports violent behavior in the Seattle area and that “as a cautionary measure, further vaccinations have been halted…” Kendra tries to convince her parents to forgo the flu shot but they insist that it was just rumors and that it was perfectly safe. This did nothing to ease Kendra’s fear. When they got to the hospital something
Mary (BookHounds)

Kendra is a normal teen, with two loving parents and then her world falls apart. Both of her parents are bitten by plague ravaged freaks and her grandfather rescues her and takes her off to his secluded cabin outside in Washington state. When her grandfather is also attacked by a neighbor, she meets up with some camp counselors who are also on the run from the freaks. Two twins, one extremely brilliant misfit nicknamed Piranha, Terry and another girl close to her age named Son
Kristin Lundgren
This is a nice zombie thriller - made very real and visceral. Although not strictly zombies, these people have fallen prey to an infection that first makes them sleepy and then turns them into biting monsters. They don't really eat their victims, at least most don't, but bite - trying to spread it as far as they can I suppose. The main two characters are Kendra, a teenager from a nice family in Portland, OR, who, when her father falls sick because of being bitten by one in the very early stages, ...more
This is a story of a band of survivors in a world gone bad. Folks have begun attacking one anther, biting each other and spreading an infection that continues to spread. This is not really a zombie novel, sort of just not really, if that qualifies. The strange part of the book is it being authored by two authors who are married to one another. That in itself is not the strange part. Most books I have read that have been written by more than one author have a single cohesive voice that drives the ...more
Zombie books are not usual fare at all but having seen the trailer for the film the authors are making of the root short story for this novel, I thought I would give it a try. And I am glad I did! At least to the extent that reading a book that actually results in you having nightmares can be considered "glad". Writen as young adult novel, Devil's wake is a very quick read and, be forewarned, has a cliffhanger ending setting you up for the next book in the planned trilogy. The main characters, a ...more
I feel just... just horrible giving that few stars to this book. I am a huge fan of Steven Barnes; his book Lion's Blood and the follow up, Zulu Heart, are two of my favorite books. He's a magnificent writer. I've had less experienc with Tananarive Due's writing but what I've read has been good.

I just felt that this was not up to their normal standards. It was by no means... bad. Just not as good as I think either could have done. I was hoping that the ending would lead me to feel more curious a
Diverse Pages
This is one of those well-written YA novels that will appeal to both teenagers and adults. The story is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action and dark humor. The characters are also likable—maybe a little too “likable” for some tastes. Kendra is introduced as looking like “a typical Disney Channel Sassy Black Teenager… short, cute, chipmunk cheeks, perfect teeth, and eyes bright as stars;” she’s also shy and, when the situation calls for it, plucky. Certainly not a dull or annoying charact ...more
I just had to dive into another zombie book after reading Dying to Live. I still have the sequels to read for Dying to Live but that may be a while considering money doesn't grow on trees and my favorite place to purchase books is but they don't always carry the original along with its sequels, so it's a matter of hurry up and wait.

I like the way the chapters are formatted, with the locations and times being placed above the beginning chapter paragraph. Right away I noticed the ev

I set aside the weekend to read this book. The story itself is a solid three and half but since I finished it in a day, I go up to four. For me that is amazing and something I rarely do. This book held my interest and I only skimmed over a few pages. The downside to this book is that it is written with teens as the audience and therefore has a few quirks that are unbelievable. And yes, I suspend disbelief at the drop of a hat. First, our teens are 18 and they fight these “freaks” and none of the
Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)
This was my first "Zombie" read and I am so happy to report that I really enjoyed it. Barnes and Due draw us in from page one as we experience an ordinary day that could be today turn into a horror story. Some unknown infection is spreading across the country turning loved ones, friends and neighbors into zombie-like versions of themselves who spread this infection by biting their victims.

The characters, a group of juvenile "delinquents," and a lone teen, come together to try to make sense of t
Zombie apocalypse stories aren't really about the zombies. Sure there's lots of gore with the brain/flesh eating but after all that we want to read about the survivors. How will they live in a world where you have to worry about being chomped by close friends and relatives? In this book we follow a group of teenagers as they try to navigate through this strange and dangerous world where sometimes the living are more dangerous than the zombies. Devil's Wake is the first in a series and does a fin ...more
Siew Ee
I like zombie novels, and decided to check this YA zombie novel out for my daughter Lea.

Why I like this book : 1) You can’t predict who will survive and who will not (of course, with the exception of the 2 main protagonists); 2) is fast-paced, suspenseful with all the action that characterizes a good zombie novel; & 3) no gore and violence spared because it’s a teenage novel; for this reason, I wouldn’t recommend it to younger teens. They may end up traumatized!

Why I don’t like this book :
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Steven Barnes (born March 1, 1952, Los Angeles, California) is an African American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician.

He has written several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch. He has also written the episode "Brief Candle" for Stargate SG-1 and the Andromeda episode "The Sum of its Parts". Barnes's first published piece of fiction, the 1
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