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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  37 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
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2020 by Stripes Publishing
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, owned
the gays are finally getting a zombie apocalypse novel, officially confirming that heterosexuality is cancelled
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, sci-fi, young-adult
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
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
I'm always down for a post-apocalyptic zombie story!!!

This one sounds pretty unique. Even better!
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,
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
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Karen Barber
A curious concept. Post-apocalyptic world and we don’t know what happened, but people are scared of those who are different.
Our focus is on a small community who live on a lake. They look out for those they call The Restless Ones, and the only time they truly fear is winter. Winter is when the ice comes, the lake freezes and the zombies can come.
Peter, our main character, has never felt as if he fits in. Interested in sewing and other activities unsuited to this outdoorsy life, Peter harbours a
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, full review coming soon. It started slow (can’t tell if it was bc of my reading slump tho) but something clicked out 120/130 pages in and from there I read it in about a day flat. Proper solid book, i can’t wait to see whats next! Keep an eye out for this author, I can tell this books going to be well loved hopefully
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Real rating 4.5 stars

Full review to come closer to publication date
Daniel Spencer
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you want to immerse yourself in a great read then choose Wrangestone. It's as fresh as the environment it's set in (and as chilling). You don't read this book - you live it.
An excellent new take on the zombie genre with a haunting beauty to it.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was sent an arc copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
3.5 This was a really interesting concept and I loved the atmosphere created by writing and the situation that the characters are in, there were times that I found pretty creepy (and not just the creepy old men that kept popping up). Would I survive this zombie ridden world? Nope!
It took me awhile to get used to the dialogue at first, some of the characters talked strangely but either they stopped or I just got
Louise Esson
DNF @ pg. 150

Nothing wrong with this book up till this point, I'm just not attached to the characters and never feel incensed to pick this back up so I'm just going to leave it and move on.
Bekah B
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wranglestone is a zombie fiction book but it's more character focused than about zombies. In fact, the walking dead aren't even featured that much. It's definitely a very gentle introduction to this sub genre and unusually for this genre there is very little guts and gore. We see a bunch of survivors who live on small remote islands in the middle of a reservation. Winter hits and it's an incredibly difficult time as the lake, which is normally a natural barrier, ices over and the zombies can ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
When I discovered Wranglestone, I had a real ‘drop everything and read this’ moment. I loved the publisher’s description of ‘zombies meet Brokeback Mountain’ and the opening of the story is great.

There were a few things I loved about this book. Firstly, it’s actually a teen book and not MG or YA, and it has LGBTQ+ representation. The main characters, Peter and Cooper, have a very typical teenage relationship. It is intense, loving and they give themselves over to each other entirely. Their
Angharad (Two Book Thieves)
We follow the story of Wranglestone resident Peter who despite living in the park all his life, he struggles to ensure confidence amongst the other residents. He feels more comfortable sewing and making clothes than hunting the Dead that wait on the shores. In comparison, his love interest in the form of Cooper is the most talented Wrangler and knows the ways of the woods. We also have secondary characters on the park such as Peter and Cooper’s fathers, Tom & Bud, Darlene who is high up in ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Post Apocalyptic books, however, I find them to be rather repetitive. The same could not be said for this book. The storyline was so unique, the characters seemed to jump off the pages, and I couldn’t stop reading.

I loved Peter and Cooper’s relationship. It’s great to see a LGBT relationship portrayed in Post Apocalyptic fiction. Often when the genre is focused so much on the plot, relationships between characters get forgetten or seem less important because of the dramatic and often
Megan  (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed Wranglestone. It is a horror/post-apocalyptic and it had, frankly, a very refreshing take on zombies - something the genre is a little oversaturated with at the moment. It wasn't an in-your-face scary, though some scenes were, it was a very subtle horror. It wasn't the Dead that was necessarily the monsters, but maybe those alive are the true monsters. I loved watching Peter slowly untangle the
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for letting me read this book. I absolutely loved it!.
The plot ...
The writing ...
The characters ...
The spooky atmosphere ...
All 100% amazing. This book was very strong from the get go, and the beginning of the book set a good spooky pace and this continued throughout the book, it was something different something I’ve not read before I think that’s what made this book even better for me because for me it was fresh and new. I didn’t have a clue of this
Noelle Kelly
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wranglestone is one of those books that blasts you from the get-go. I knew nothing about the book in advance, so every plot move was a surprise to me.

The opening is frightening and tense, painting the setting for the story to follow. In an isolated community, an underachieving youngster who makes a stupid mistake that could risk everyone in an apocalyptic island setting. But a friendship starting to blossom, shined a ray of hope over the bleak lives of Peter and Cooper. But the Restless Ones
elise p
Jan 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
soooo I don't love zombies (too scary tbh) but this look awesome, so -- maybe?? yes???
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, mlm
I didn't expect a zombie thriller to make me cry, but here we are.

Many thanks to Stripes Books for sending me a copy! Long-ass review to come on my blog.
Avery Delany
Just finished Wranglestone but think I need to sit with it for a bit as I'm not sure how I feel.
GabrielP (Deleboy)
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by Stripes Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lake Wranglestone is one of the most isolated refuges built against the invasion of the Restless Ones and only truly safe in the summertime, because when the cold comes, so does the ice and the dead.
There, Peter lives in a tight-knit community with his dad and another small group of survivors, including Connor, the handsome blonde he looks from afar. One honest, yet dangerous mistake, though, forces Peter out of the
Laura Jayne
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I throughly enjoyed this Zombie tale with a difference!
em||zayn. a
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Zombies, survival, gay kids in love, Wranglestone was a mostly fun read.
I haven't read horror in years, but when I saw the blurb of Wranglestone I was interested and I don't regret requesting it.

Wranglestone is a beautifully crafted story of survival. Set in post Apocalyptic America where the world has gone dead, the coming of winter signifies more the biting cold and the danger that usually come it with — it means death or the Dead.

I loved the concept and plot. I love stories with zombies,
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Unique spin on the apocalypse/zombie theme type stories, the book just got better and I was hooked from the first page till the last, to the point where I was fully invested in the community and the people and wanting to know more.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Fantastic plot, great characters and LGBT+ inclusion. Amazing.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sharp zombie horror, full review here:
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