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God is a slick god. Temple knows. She knows because of all the crackerjack miracles still to be seen on this ruined globe... Older than her years and completely alone, Temple is just trying to live one day at a time in a post-apocalyptic world, where the undead roam endlessly, and the remnant of mankind who have survived, at times, seem to retain little humanity themselves. This is the world she was born into. Temple has known nothing else. Her journey takes her to far-flung places, to people struggling to maintain some semblance of civilization – and to those who have created a new world order for themselves. When she comes across the helpless Maury, she attempts to set one thing right, if she can just get him back to his family in Texas then maybe it will bring redemption for some of the terrible things she's done in her past. Because Temple has had to fight to survive, has done things that she's not proud of and, along the road, she’s made enemies. Now one vengeful man is determined that, in a world gone mad, killing her is the one thing that makes sense…
"The Reapers are the Angels is a real triumph, a literary fantasy where the zombies are mostly window-dressing. This is a novel more concerned with people and their relationships, with the human spirit and all its flaws and frailties. It's a story driven by the characters' needs to establish some sort of order in their lives, some sort of goal to cling to, and all the pitfalls that arise because of this need. It speaks of resilience and belief, of hope and sorrow, and the need to look for the beauty in life, no matter how hard that might be. An instant post-apocalyptic classic." Speculative Horizons
"A haunting and beautifully written vision of fractured humanity that may soon be regarded as a classic within its genre" Fantasy Book Review
Ethan from America
It is a beautiful book that tells all the insides and outsides of life and it is in a zombie apocalypse which makes the book even better.
Zoe from England
I found this novel thoroughly enjoyable. At first, I was sceptical about the reading, as the narrative is so unique, but after a while, I found myself truly immersed in this beautiful novel. The storyline was truly breathtaking, and it did make me truly consider what would happen to the world if anything like this ever happened. The characters were believable, and Temple seemed so much older than she actually is (which is, of course, how it's supposed to be) - it made one realise that an event like this would truly age people. One criticism I have is the interesting punctuation and grammar. At some points, the sentences were a little disjointed, but it made for a more personal touch to the trauma that the speaker is suffering from. I found the lack of speech marks in my copy (I don't know whether this is universal or not) a little confusing at times, particularly when there were multiple people talking. Other than those small criticisms, I found this novel thoroughly enjoyable and recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading post-apocalyptic fantasy.(Lovely review Zoe. The lack of speech marks threw me at first and I mentioned it to the author. He said it was commonly found in Southern Gothic books. Cormac McCarthy's The Road is written without speech marks - now there's a book I would recommend! Thanks, Lee @ Fantasy Book Review.)
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