Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for Wanderers by Chuck Wendig and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down!
About the author:
Chuck Wendig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, Zer0es/Invasive, and his upcoming modern epic, Wanderers (Del Rey, 2019). He’s also worked in a variety of other formats, including comics, games, film, and television. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his books about writing. He lives in Pennsyltucky with his family. His agent is Stacia Decker, with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner.
Terribleminds is his blog. Here he rambles on about writing, parenthood, food, pop culture, and other such shenanigans. It is NSFW. Because fuck yeah, that’s why.
About the book:
The story is an epic tapestry of humanity, told in a chorus of disparate voices, including Shana, a young girl who wakes up one morning to discover her 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. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it.
Where to start with a review for this EPIC book? I’ll start there, it’s epic – 800 pages of awesomeness and I was absorbed from first page to last, in fact I could have happily read another few hundred or more. Apocalyptic madness, a big bad virus on the loose, white supremacists, religious lunatics…you’ll find all that and more in this behemoth of a read.
Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister Nessie missing from the family home and finds her outside apparently sleepwalking. She cannot be woken up or stopped from walking forever forwards to a destination that only she knows. Nessie is not the only one, soon she is joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America whose numbers grow daily that are on the same mysterious journey. Shana and the relatives of the other Walkers are soon known as shepherds and they protect their flock from whatever danger they encounter along the way. The walkers don’t eat or sleep, needles cannot penetrate their skin and you REALLY don’t want to try and make them stand still, things are likely to get…messy!
There are a lot of people interested in the Walkers; the CDC and the government being two of the major players. It becomes apparent that the fear of the Walkers will lead to more destructive behaviour than anyone anticipated. A lot of people seize upon them as being an embodiment of evil and are determined that they won’t reach their destination.
We also have Black Swan – a piece of AI that claims to have knowledge about why the Walkers exist and where they are going. Can this information be trusted and who will gain from it in the end?
I loved the whole mystery of Wanderers and was not prepared for the revelations as they occurred. A huge cast of characters but there was enough time to get to know them which inevitably led to upset as you realize not everyone is going to survive this event. My first book from Chuck Wendig but I’ll definitely be looking into his previous books.