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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  17,112 ratings  ·  3,222 reviews
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 knows
Hardcover, 782 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Del Rey Books
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Marie Knapp In my autographed copy of Wanderers Mr. Wendig says "This is much happier than The Road." I asked him your same question as I was afraid.....Hope this…moreIn my autographed copy of Wanderers Mr. Wendig says "This is much happier than The Road." I asked him your same question as I was afraid.....Hope this encourages you to feel free to read this work. :)(less)
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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
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 i ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 fuck ...more
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
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 you
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 and wandering novel.

I don't quite know how to characterize my experience reading Wanderers. The first two-thirds of the book (~500 pages) fe
As I read this book, I assumed it was written mid-2020 and was a commentary on what was going on in the world politically, with COVID, etc. When I saw it was published in 2019, I was kind of creeped out. Wendig is some sort of prophet because the specifics of the plot are so close to the reality of the past year, it is scary! Getting into details would be a spoiler, but just know that if you try this you will be saying “No way . . . how did he know this was going to happen!?” a lot.

It is a good
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Jul 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrew J.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow... This epic book was a lot! Not just in length, but there were so many conflicts: spiritual, physical, mental. Reading during our current global pandemic was frightening in a way I didn't expect.

I enjoyed delving into these characters... some that I thought would be around until the end just disappear from the story with no explanation. The ending was definitely troublesome. Of course I have ideas about the next stage in this new humanity, but I would love a sequel to find out what "really
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: public-library
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 w ...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 expect
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
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My son keeps yelling, "It's a one.", but I thought it was okay.


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I made a whole reading vlog for this one, check it out here: ...more
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 frie
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 ro ...more
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 enjoye
Karen’s Library
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 eventu
MissBecka Gee
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 a
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 gov
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommended to Elle by: Kristen (kraysbookclub)
Shelves: 2019
Well that was....something. I don’t think I have had my feelings for a book so drastically shift like that in a while. I was a little apprehensive because of the size of Wanderers (approaching 800 pages), but once it got going I was entirely onboard! It wasn’t until later on that I began to lose interest and was just slogging through to the end.

It started off so cool too! I was reading it with a couple of other people and we kept messaging each other every time something insane happened like, “o
A lousy attempt at conveying one's own worldview. ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ev
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 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Based on the subject matter and my previous reads by Wendig (namely the Miriam Black books) I had high expectations and could hardly wait to get started. What a let down. I found it pretty boring. It only gets as much as 2. stars because the science and tech was good. This book needed a good edit.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 th

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