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The Road to Woodbury

(The Walking Dead: Novels #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  10,102 ratings  ·  855 reviews
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 encamp
Hardcover, First Edition, 277 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published October 1st 2012)
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Christa Maurice
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian, horror, zombies
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
Mar 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
The Road to Woodbury is the second installment in The Walking Dead series. I definitely thought it was a lot better than the first one. Especially since it had the same narrator as before and I feel like I was less annoyed with him this time around. Probably because I was prepared for it and how he spoke.. but I ended up liking and enjoying the book.

In this story, it's about a group of people travelling to Woodbury, which is a small town with actual humans living there. Along the way, they are c
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Scott Danielson
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well we get a full view of the Governor as we know and despise him. He has truly and fully fallen (or risen per the first book). How he became so easily manipulative is a bit shocking though. I liked Lilly and Josh quite a bit. Bob was alright until he developed a new obsession. I couldn't care less about the others. This book really starts to show a breakdown of humanity and how on edge everyone is in this world. Good and twisted! Several graphic scenes although some were so over the top it was ...more
Morgan Shipman
This was my first audiobook and it was definitely a huge transition from e-books and paperbacks. I've always been a huge fan of The Walking Dead and I don't think the book disappointed. However, for us die hard fans, the book is far different from the show. It was energizing and there was a lot of suspense and thrills throughout, though I wish it had been more similar to the show. The narrator did a great job switching between characters and making it seem incredibly realistic and suspenseful. ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
Centers around a young college girl who is cast from her group following a horrific incident that wasn't her fault. Her and a handful of others wander around till they come to a gated community named Woodbury. Will they find sanctuary inside her walls? Or should they face outside challenges on their own. Answers a lot of pre tv show questions about Woodbury and some of it's residents ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Kimberley doruyter
this guy really is one sick puppy.
Kimberley doruyter
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
some of the bits in this one nearly made me gag.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A new cast of characters joins our story in this book. We're introduced to Lilly, Josh, Bob and Megan as they travel through Georgia during the zombie apocalypse. Like others, they are looking for the refuge in Atlanta. But apparently all roads lead to Woodbury in the world of the Walking Dead. Phillip Blake as the Governor has a reign of terror over the town. What else is new? Basically, this book is just an episode of the TV show in written form. The new characters are pretty dull and the Gove ...more
Sean Barrs
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
Alondra Miller
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
The start of this story had a lot of potential, but as the plot progressed, I could only notice all the instances in which the author tended to just state facts and simply tell the story, instead of showing it. There are too many mysogynistic ideas, there is at least one homophobic slur, and when referring to a black character, the author felt the need to remind us of their akin color every time, as if he thought he deserved some sort of award for being diverse. I was excited to read this book, ...more
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 rated it really liked it
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
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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 reachin
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Road to Woodbury is the second book in The Walking Dead novel series. While it doesn't cover the immediate period after The Rise of the Governor or overlap too much with Another Day in the Office the blanks are fairly easily filled, considering. I still would recommend most simply skip the 1.5 'short story' and jump immediately into this book, but to do so prepared.

The characters from the previous book don't really make an appearance until around the halfway mark of this book, and even t
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
"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 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the first of the Walking Dead novels, which gave us the backstory of the governor, who was one of the early antagonists in both the comic and the TV series, but the second novel is marred by poor plotting, bad writing and the feeling of a long slog through a paint by numbers plot.
The first third of the novel, which tells the story of a group of survivors that gets much smaller quickly, worked well despite the poor writing. The idea of people coming together and working out a new civili
-I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway-

Considering that Goodreads would not let me post a review four times now, I'm going to assume that it found this book about has riveting as I did.


I can honestly barely remember what happened in this book. Something about zombies, right? It was all I could do to keep on reading instead of just finding a point on the wall and staring into the distance.

The characters were poorly developed, and while I don't necessarily have to
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Angel A.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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