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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,267 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Winter was the only season every Lake-Lander feared...

In a post-apocalyptic America, a community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the Dead at bay. But when winter comes, there's nothing to stop them from crossing the ice.

Then homebody Peter puts the camp in danger by naively allowing a stranger to come ashore and he's forced to leave the communit
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Stripes Publishing
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, owned
the gays are finally getting a zombie apocalypse novel, officially confirming that heterosexuality is cancelled
Jen Gallagher
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult, lgbtq
Did you know that what your life was missing was a gay zombie thriller? Well now you know, and now you know what book you need to read.

Wranglestone is a beautifully written, atmospheric, creepy, gasp out loud, hide under your duvet, fuzzy warm feelings of love, nerve-wracking, YA gay zombie thriller. It reminded me of Stephen King's best most creepy novels - that intense feeling of impending doom that keeps you awake all night turning the pages. I honestly gasped out loud and jumped at one point
This was such a great read. A post-apocalyptic zombie novel that has a queer romance at its heart - what more could you want?

I really loved the romance in this, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. In fact, I was up until like 2 AM finishing this, just because I really really needed to know what was going to happen.

My only issue with this was pacing. While most of the novel was really well-paced, the last 50 or so pages just went way too fast. A lot happened in those pages and we didn't
Peter lives on a lake in the great American wilderness that offers a natural defence to the dead. Raised in a bubble of comfort and security, his trusting nature has made him a liability to the other Lakelanders. So when winter comes, and the lake starts to freeze over, he is given the task of herding the dead away from their homes with Cooper, the Lakes wilderness champion. But Peter harbours a secret crush on Cooper, a crush that will either make or break them when confronted with secrets on t ...more
Holly | The Caffeinated Reader
I LOVED THIS. I loved this book so much.

Zombies apocalypse.
Queer love story.
And a secret that threatens to turn everyone's world ( well what's left of it ) upside down.

Please go read this book. I cannot recommend it enough.

Super fast-paced, loveable characters, the romance was adorable and super reminiscent of the excitement of first love. If you can't tell, I just really love this book and I need at least 10 books set in this world because I have so many questions.

5 stars and a new favourite.
Eleanor Grace
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is a classic example of the hardest book to review as a reader and blogger. I did not enjoy my time reading this, and I know that’s because I do not enjoy horror/zombie stories. I only picked this up for my book club and never would otherwise – sometimes it’s nice to be challenged in this way, and sometimes it REALLY does not work out. However, I also had problems with the plot and writing. For my rating I really had to dissect what I disliked due to personal taste, and what I disliked ...more
John Moore
Dec 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
* I was supplied a review copy for an honest review*
Unfortunately, this book didn’t hit the mark for me. There was a glaring problematic issue in the book that I think needs rectifying before publication and I have passed this onto the publisher; I believe they need to respond to the issue before consumers pick up on it. The setting is beautifully written but the plot was difficult to follow, and the relationship somewhat problematic and unbelievable. At times, the prose took me away into a com
Leanne Wain
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book manages to be so many things simultaneously.
- A super cute M/M love story that is just immediately accepted as inevitable and lovely by everyone around.
- A suspenseful survival horror in a pretty unique location- think the amazing Tree Houses in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, but make it Waterworld...
- A chilly and rugged American National Park wilderness adventure, stuffed full of pine trees, buffalo and MOOSE.
- A thought provoking and oh so relevant commentary on Otherness, d
I was given this book by Mira with the following words: "You have to read this. I would like to know your thoughts on this."

Well, dear friends, here's what I think in a nutshell:

I couldn't have said it better myself. But I'll try anyway:

PLOT: 1.5 / 5

When I first read the synposis of this book, I lost my shit - zombies? National parks? Queer boys fighting the zombie apocalypse? Perfect.

Wranglestone had all the ingredients for what could have been one of my new favorite reads: gay representation,
Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was great! I absolutely loved the setting. It led itself so wonderfully to an isolated community surviving I'm a world overrun by the dead! I liked the characters a lot and really felt connected to Peter and Cooper.

The writing is very atmospheric and there were a lot of moments that were so creepy moments they made my skin crawl! A lot of gasp out load moments and also a lot of really sweet moments!

There were a couple of things that knocked a star off. The pacing was a bit off in places.
May 03, 2021 rated it liked it
➶ 2021 books: 62/60

After hearing this synopsis and being a massive fan of the walking dead and post apocalyptic stories... I was super excited to read this. This story follows a post apocalyptic America where a community survives in a national park surrounded by water that keeps the dead away... but when winter comes, there is nothing to stop them crossing the ice.

Going into this book, I was really expecting it to be incredibly suspenseful and frightening and whilst at times it definitely was,
rachel ☾

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Zombies, twists and turns, secrets, and a very sweet romance that had me shipping like mad.

I was in need for a new zombie book and when I saw this book a few months ago I knew I had to pre-order it. After some issues (Amazon didn't seem to get it in stock, so I turned to BD but that always takes 2 weeks before it arrives) I finally received the book and I could read it. I was immediately sucked in. The setting, the romance, the creepy zombies lurking in the woods, OMG.

Since I am bit tired after
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, physical-owned
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf

***Book given by publisher, Stripes, in exchange for an honest review/reaction***

I hate zombies. Out of all of the well-known supernatural creatures in pop culture at the moment, zombies freak me out the most. Hence why I’ve never read/watched The Walking Dead and it took the Other Half YEARS to make me watch Zombieland (it was in the cinema on our first date but, due to me hating zombies, we watched District Nine instead). There are exceptions to this rule - tho
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
I mean it kept me interested? It dragged a lot, and the characters are quite underdeveloped and forgettable. The plot was a little confusing too, overall I'm a little disappointed. But it has a lot of potential to grow! And there were parts I did like, they were just few and far between unfortunately. ...more
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
Arc from NetGalley
3.5 stars

I couldn't put it down. It was really interesting and had a lot of themes I like to read in books. Nevertheless, it had parts in which the inner monologues of the main character Peter dragged the story, and parts where more info and insight were needed, felt a lot rushed. Things happened real fast when a little explanation would've been great.

The premises was promising. A dystopian world full of zombies and a community trained to survive the walking dead. As I said, it
I was hoping this would be a 5-star read, but it just wasn't. I expected it to be spookier and the romance part didn't really grab me, but the mystery part was nice. ...more
Amy Rush Da Silva
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The concept of Wranglestone had me from the get go! A LGBTQ+ romance set within a zombie apocalypse? Erm yes please! As soon as I got an early copy of this book I was super excited to get stuck in.

Set in a post-apocalyptic USA, a small community is surviving within a national park, surrounded by water, keeping the dead away. However, when winter arrives nothing is stopping the dead from crossing the ice and going into the community. When teenager Peter puts the community at danger, he is sent to
“But you’re coming?”

“I’ll be right behind you.”

“But you’re coming!”

“I ain’t never gonna leave your side.”

On my blog.

Rep: gay mc & li, side character with epilepsy

Galley provided by publisher

When I was about 13 or 14, I loved zombie stories. Zombie apocalypse books were my favourite sorts of dystopian novels, so when I heard about Wranglestone, I was particularly excited. And, for me, it definitely lived up to that excitement.

Wranglestone opens with Peter, doing chores outside, when someo
Charleigh Ridgway
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
so intense!! I can't wait for Darren Charlton to bring out more books!! ...more
Aug 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really good book
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
Wranglestone is an own-voices Young Adult dystopian featuring zombies, twists you wont see coming, and a love story between two teens trying to survive in a dangerous new world.

”Winter was one season every lake lander feared. Not because Montana was about to get colder than a bald eagle’s gaze, but because the dead could make it across the lake’s frozen waters...”

I’m trying to find the words to describe what I loved about this novel. All I seem to come up with are: GAY! ZOMBIES, Arrghjid Read
Molli B.
I hate to say this, but I didn't love this. I love the idea—boyfriends battle zombies!!! And the setting is very cool. I like anything with a strong sense of place, and this book definitely has good atmosphere. For whatever reason (maybe because I grew up in Vermont?), I love books with winter settings—this book definitely stokes that fondness.

But the story didn't grip me. I should have finished this in a sitting, and it took me 3 weeks. I think the general plot of the story was fine—but I'm not
Alistair Caradec
Aug 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All quotes and references are from Wranglestone, by Darren Charlton, unless otherwise stated.

“Clock it. Kill it. Rid the world of it.”

This review is long overdue. I believe it was last year that, on a whim, I picked up Wranglestone. Prior to that, and for about half a decade, I'd been unable to focus long enough to finish a novel. I read Wranglestone from cover to cover in three days.

I could not put it down. I found myself reaching for it in the middle of my work shift to read a paragraph here a
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gays and zombies, honestly, what's not to love.

The islands of Lake Wranglestone are a safe haven from the dead. Until the lake freezes over, that is, then there's nothing to stop them from crossing the ice. As Peter, and Cooper, the boy he likes, but has always watched from afar, uncover a dark secret concerning Wranglestone's past, they'll be forced to question everything they've ever known.

There's a lot of great things that can be said about this debut. The writing is beautiful, and the dread
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The concept of this book was a book one but the execution was lacking.
The story was all over the place. You would have the characters finding out huge pieces of the puzzle but half way through finally getting some answers the topic would be changed to something completely different. You would be left hanging and only find out the information late when everyone was there to hear it. I get the author was trying hard not to repeat information loads of times but I get the feeling that they looked a
Joseph Mitchell
Aug 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this book at a Waterstones, telling myself that I already have too many books to read this year but that beautiful cover and odd title name convinced me otherwise. This is such a page turner filled with characters that were made to boost your serotonin levels. Definitely reading it again come Halloween.
Haley Jade Hanson
This was a HIGHLY anticipated read for me, and it did NOT disappoint!

Loved this so much. At one point I literally threw the book across the room. Emotions ran high.

Beautiful story and such a lovely book! I am going to be pushing so hard for Barnes and Noble to carry this so I can sell it to every customer who comes into the store.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, horror

proof the gays will make the apocalypse their bitch
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“Open places make you consider yourself?"
"Yeah," said Cooper. "Like the plains."
"And the stars?"
"Uh-huh. And the sea and the desert too, Pa says. But I dunno why that is."
Peter shrugged. "Perhaps it's because they make us feel small."
"No. They make me feel bigger, Peter.”
“Cooper didn't look away. His blue eyes pierced through the tendrils of his hair like a wolf in the woods. He held Peter's gaze. He didn't smile, but Peter saw one all the same. He didn't speak and yet they were speaking now as if for the first time. There was friendship waiting to come in from the cold. But it was more than that. There was closeness. Unbound possibility.” 0 likes
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