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A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world's last hope.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she
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Published July 9th 2019 by Del Rey (first published June 1st 2019)
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    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    This audiobook is 32h long... 32 HOURS!!

    Now let's see how the world ends...
    Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This reminds me a lot of The Stand. In fact, the author admits to it within the novel. What Wendig doesn’t do is veer off into the cartoonish which King, at times, has a tendency to do. Don’t let its length deter you. It reads quickly and I finished it within three days. Wendig wrestles with potent questions here including the power of technology, extreme prejudice, the religious façade and violence of the Christian right, morality and the crumbling of society. What’s more he is able to inject ...more
    Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    This fucking book. I love long "end of the world books." How. it ends doesn't matter to me. This book has many comparisons to other books. Please, let that go. The Stand, and Swan Song are different animals. If you compare Stand to Swan, then you're a fucking idiot. This story. This fucking tale was bullshit! I absolutely despised this crap. I loved the rock star. A.rock star! I have been bored for 2 months now. I quit. Take this boring crap and... Actually, I really don't believe that this ...more
    Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    It's the end of the world and I feel... uuurkkk...

    Let me tell you something, my fine folks. I think I had more fun reading this book than I have for ANY apocalypse book. That's including the Stand, Lucifer's Hammer, or The Power. And perhaps a few others that I rank higher than the rest.

    But let me be clear. I had the most fun with this. I'm not saying it has MORE to gloam onto than the Stand, but I had myself a few issues with the Stand. The whole moralistic good vs. evil, for example. And I had
    Take a walk on the long side....

    The premise of this book immediately grabbed my attention: a teenager, Shana wakes up to find her younger sister, Nessie, in trance, walking out of their home and along the road. She does not respond, she does not blink, just keeps putting one foot in front of the other.... hmmmm

    Soon, Shana's sister is joined by more walkers (who will soon become a flock). Interesting things happen - needles cannot pierce their skin, they shake violently when grabbed and let's not
    Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    If you're reading this review, it means that you're interested in my individual experience with this book WANDERERS. I think it's safe to say that this is a highly anticipated release this year and it's certainly getting a ton of coverage. So, I'm going to honor the fact that you're taking a moment to see what I have to say about it--among the countless other reviews out there available to you. There won't be any plot details here--just my reading experiences and feelings.
    I want to leave all
    Donna Backshall
    This was a mammoth book, and I feel a sincere sense of satisfaction for finishing. I delayed reviewing, because I needed some time to wrap my head around ALL THOSE WORDS.

    Here goes: Two guilty stars because I invested over a week into Wanderers and I have no "OMG I HAVE TO TALK TO EVERYONE ABOUT THIS BOOK" compulsion to show for my commitment to this huge, wandering novel.

    I don't quite know how to characterize my experience reading Wanderers. The first two-thirds of the book (~500 pages) feels
    Mar 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: arcstack

    was arcstack before i got this beautiful 800 page beast (in a slipcase, no less - fancy ARC, why you so fancy?) about a mysterious epidemic, societal breakdown, post-event survival, journeys across a shattered american landscape - i.e. ALL OF MY JAMS!

    sorry, arcstack, i think we have to have a talk.
    Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019, apocalypse-now
    I received a free copy of this form NetGalley for review.

    I’m generally rooting for the end of humanity these days, but if the apocalypse is gonna involve this much walking then I’ll be pretty angry about it because I’d much rather sit on my ass while the asteroid hits or the nukes fly or the zombies start gnawing on me.

    A small group of people in rural Pennsylvania start walking in a trance like state one day. They can’t be snapped out of it, needles for sedatives won’t penetrate their skin, and
    Bri | bribooks
    Jul 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    DNF @ page 300. Yes, I’m still rating this book. I slogged through a third of it — I’ve earned the right to give it my rating.

    What I need you, the reader of this review, to know is this book isn’t bad. Chuck Wendig has crossed his q’s and dotted his t’s. The writing is fine. Many of my friends have given Wanderers a perfect score, and I can understand why. If you’re a fan of big apocalyptic(?) novels in which the author seems to jerk off to some sort of quasi-Springsteenian sense of America—you
    A comet streaks across the night sky, and as it does, the lady who foretold the event dies in her sleep. Sleepwalkers start to dot the landscape, flocking together as they move. They are causing quite a stir, some call them the Devil's Pilgrims while others refer to them as God's Chosen Ones. Before long, life is tip-tilted to an alarming degree, shadows are long, time is slippery, and people are dying. Opportunistic baddies try to take the reins even as the good guys attempt to figure out what ...more
    Michael Hicks
    My review of WANDERERS can be found at High Fever Books.

    Film critic Roger Ebert once said, “No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.” The same is certainly true of books. Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers, sure to be the man’s magnum opus, clocks in at 800 pages and took me roughly two weeks to get through (a longer-than-expected number of days for me, thanks to some very limited reading time while I was busy attending StokerCon 2019). Thankfully, it’s every bit as good as I had
    4.5/5 Stars!

    WANDERERS was a fun listen, alternating between two narrators, one male and one female. This format worked really well for me and I enjoyed this tale quite a bit.

    It's an "end of the world" book and even though the terms "walker" and "sleepwalker" are used, these are not really zombies like THE WALKING DEAD walkers, and they're not sleepwalking either. This is why the book was so interesting and different.

    The characters developed quite a bit throughout, none of them the same as they
    Lisa Wolf
    This massive, 800 page book seemed like a huge reading undertaking... but once I started, I savored every word, paragraph, and chapter. Did it need to be this huge? Why, yes. Yes, it did.

    Wanderers is truly epic in scope. What starts as a weird local event -- a sleepwalking girl who can't be woken or stopped -- turns into something huge and eerie (and to some, horribly frightening) as Nessie is joined by more and more sleepwalkers in her journey across America. Escorted by family members and
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

    I don't know how I feel about this book. I enjoyed much of it, and other parts of it really ticked me off. It felt grand on an epic scale, but then certain parts made it feel small and not so epic.

    Pros- good character development, interesting storyline, cool concept

    Cons - twice as long as it needed to be, unnecessary rape scene, end with little to no closure whatsoever.

    Overall, I
    May 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Running against the herd here, but this one simply didn’t work. Speaking of herds, if you’ve watched enough Walking Dead, you know about the dead wandering in herds. Here, you get a similar phenomenon with eyes bulging and consciousness seeping out they walk toward a goal like the folks in Close Encounters with shepherds tending to them. The survival of the species might be at stake, but that all gets lost in a story with shifting points of view and an attempt to throw politics religion and ...more
    Are you freaking kidding me?!
    You had 800 pages Chuck and you couldn't wrap that shit up in a nice tidy bow?
    If you haven't already guessed by my rant I am unhappy with how this ends.
    Too open ended.
    Hopefully that means there will be another book?
    Don't get me wrong I loved the crap out of this book and I am super excited at the prospect of more in this world. But dude.....COME. ON.
    I hate waiting.
    Much love to Chuck Wendig for the signed ARC I got at BookCon.
    It was awesome to meet you and I
    Karen’s Library
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    My two favorite genres are sci-fi and apocalypse, so when I find a book that blends the two, I’m in reading heaven!! My all time favorite books in this type of genre are The Stand, Swan Song, The Book of M, The Passage, and now... Wanderers! All are epic and most are behemoth books!

    I couldn’t get enough of Wanderers! A teen girl sleepwalks out of her house one night, but can’t be woken up. Ever. Eventually other sleepwalkers join in. Their loved ones stay with them to watch over them and
    Andrew J.
    Jul 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
    I was so looking forward to this book.

    This story could’ve been so good. But instead of using the story to take a real look at humanity, Wendig uses this book as a soapbox for his own views, determined to shove literally every hot-button talking point into the narrative whether they fit or not. And worse, he doesn’t even have anything fresh or unique to say.

    For instance, I’m not a Republican. I don’t watch Fox News. But it’s quite clear Wendig really REALLY dislikes Republicans and Fox News. It
    May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Rating: 1.5/5

    Review: This was quite the grande attempt at combining “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and “Andromeda Strain”. Throw in a splash of zombie like symptoms and voila! Seems like there is a plethora of pandemic/apoc novels floating around these days….some good, mostly bad. I think this novel fell into the ‘bad’ category although it shouldn’t have.

    Writing for the masses. This novel tried to appeal to the movie goer that enjoys dramatic dialogue interspersed with over-the-top violence by the
    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    I've been hearing buzz about Wanderers for several months now and was thrilled to have Memorial Day weekend to curl up and read it!

    Shana Stewart wakes up one morning on her family farm and notices her sister Nessie wandering down the road. When Shana catches up with Nessie, she believes her sister is sleepwalking.
    As Nessie walks through town, seemingly unaware of her own actions and unable to be awakened, another person soon joins her.
    Shana doesn't know where her sister and the growing number
    Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019-read
    4.5 stars

    If you like end of civilisation stories, this is a good one. The idea of a fungal pathogen was super creepy for me. I cringe every time I even think the phrase "fruiting bodies."

    Characterisation was well done, and with good variety. Considering how long the book is, I was surprised at how evenly the momentum of the story was maintained throughout. Wendig's trademark conversational and easy style of storytelling is very much in evidence.

    Unsurprising is that in this, as in pretty much
    I really wanted to like this book. I tried so hard. But I just ended up actively disliking it, which makes me sad.

    Wendig bit off something really vast with this novel, and he actually executed it very well. It’s been billed as an epic saga, and that’s a fair description. Wanderers is as large in scope as the novel it is most commonly compared to, Stephen King’s The Stand, and mirrors the novel in other ways, specifically in its inclusion of an apocalyptic epidemic, its varied cast of characters,
    Jul 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    This hardcover first edition is signed by Chuck Wendig.
    Jul 02, 2019 marked it as dnf
    Although the writing is phenomenal, this epic story just is too slow for my liking. I'll have to pick it up when I'm in the mood for a slower paced novel.
    Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Wanderers is far from the first novel of its kind- an epic, sprawling, apocalyptic story, that evokes memories of Stephen King’s The Stand, Justin Cronin’s The Passage, or Robert McCammon’s Swan Song (admittedly, the latter two of these I have not read). And I don’t think anyone would be wrong to compare this to any of those that came before- Wendig often mentions many of these books by name, almost poking fun at the derivative nature of his own story. But I would say there is one key difference ...more
    Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: science-fiction
    Hard to rate this one. At various times, 2-star, 3-star, 4-star or 5-star. Much like Stephen King's The Stand, I think an abridged version will be published although I do not think this book is nearly as good, perhaps because dystopian fiction has had 30 years of development.

    One morning, Shana discovers her younger sister Nessie walking outside, completely disconnected from her surroundings. And she is joined by many others on her sojourn to the west. The "walkers" do not eat or sleep, if
    Jenny Baker
    I can't stop yawning, so I give up. I listened to 11 hours of the 33-hour audiobook, but I'm still taking credit for "reading" this monster of a book. I'm disappointed that this was a flop for me. I was so excited when I read the summary. It sounded like my cup of tea. Oh well. I hope you all love it more than I did.
    Tracy Robinson
    Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    My review from

    “Biology had at its core a keen and singular horror that made all the bogeyman stuff as scary as a preschool playroom.” – Chuck Wendig, Wanderers

    Giant, crashing meteors. Zombie outbreaks. Alien invasions. Cataclysmic weather events. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. Nuclear disasters. Insidious biological/viral maladies.

    Why are so many of us drawn to tales that outline the destruction of life as we know it? These are not light things. Unimaginable loss of life
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: sci-fi, horror
    I started this and I was immediately drawn in by the opening scene. It was an intriguing concept. But by the middle of the next day, I decided to DNF it. As I was marking this as DNF on GR, I read some of the other reviews and a few of them said that the story does NOT pick up until the last one third of the book. So I decided to finish it. And what they said was did actually pick up, but not enough to change my view all that much.

    My biggest issue was with the characters, both the
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    Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
    He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

    He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at
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