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A decadent rock star A deeply religious radio host A disgraced scientist And a teenage girl who may be the world's last hopeShana 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. This audiobook is 32h long 32 HOURSNow let s see how the world ends

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Calyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered wor. 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 WORDSHere 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 novelI don t uite know how to characterize my experience reading Wanderers The first two thirds of the book 500 pages feels like setup for the story This is a LONG preface to the real action and could probably be reduced to several chapters in a much desired for this reader anyway abridged versionWe meet the Walkers who are basically regular people who hear some kind of calling drop their lives and in a zombie like trance begin a walking journey as a flock to an unknown destination west We also meet1 their Shepherds familyfriends who volunteer to care for the walkers2 the CDC scientists studying the walker phenomenon3 the fear mongering religious zealots some if not most are not religious just evil fckers preying on fearful worshipers4 a sentient piece of software known as Black Swan that predicted a global plague resulting basically from humans trashing the planetWe uickly find that the Walkers are somehow immune to a uickly spreading fungus that promises to all but extinguish humanity and many people fear the Walkers immunity as much as their predicament The disease known as White Mask caused by a fungal pathogen Rhizopus destructans is going to decimate the global population But we the flock are protected by the grace of Black Swan an artificial intelligence inhabiting our bodies and brains with a connected swarm of infinitesimal machines existing in nano scale RobotsSo if you re patient enough to get this far around 70% in we FINALLY get inside the Walkers heads We find out the members of The Flock are telepathically connected in a simulated shared reality This view is WAY interesting than all the fearful and head scratching hubbub going on around the phenomenon and particularly satisfying because we had to wait so long for it Things ramp up a bit and no spoilers but be prepared to get stiffed on firm resolution of all the uestions dangling out there for the full 800 pagesI ll be the first to admit the delay in getting to the meat of the story was difficult to suffer And the constant religious references and uestions were annoying enough so that I would almost classify this as Christian fiction which I would have avoided had I been forewarned Note I am not a Christian but I heard enough preaching and religious bigotry and then speculation about angels demons the Christian God heaven faith the divine etc to assume a believer would have a much easier time than I did with the rural American culture as portrayed by Chuck Wendig Can I recommend this as a thriller No This slow tedious build up is the exact opposite of thrillingAs an apocalyptic epic to go next to The Stand Swan Song or The Passage trilogy Ehh that s a huge stretch unless you re willing to go purely based upon word countAs a sci fi novel Absolutely not because there s not a lot of science to it and it doesn t go out there enough to ualify Maybe as a speculative study of the human condition Okay sure Why the heck notIf you ve read this far in my wandering review tell me what you loved about it so maybe I can move my mind into loving it too Or if you could take it or leave it tell me this too because I want to know I m not sitting alone on this fence Something in the Wine The Moonstone Series journey as a flock to an unknown destination west We also meet1 their Shepherds familyfriends who volunteer to care for the walkers2 the CDC scientists studying the walker phenomenon3 the fear mongering religious zealots some if not most are not religious Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark just evil fckers preying on fearful worshipers4 a sentient piece of software known as Black Swan that predicted a global plague resulting basically from humans trashing the planetWe uickly find that the Walkers are somehow immune to a uickly spreading fungus that promises to all but extinguish humanity and many people fear the Walkers immunity as much as their predicament The disease known as White Mask caused by a fungal pathogen Rhizopus destructans is going to decimate the global population But we the flock are protected by the grace of Black Swan an artificial intelligence inhabiting our bodies and brains with a connected swarm of infinitesimal machines existing in nano scale RobotsSo if you re patient enough to get this far around 70% in we FINALLY get inside the Walkers heads We find out the members of The Flock are telepathically connected in a simulated shared reality This view is WAY interesting than all the fearful and head scratching hubbub going on around the phenomenon and particularly satisfying because we had to wait so long for it Things ramp up a bit and no spoilers but be prepared to get stiffed on firm resolution of all the uestions dangling out there for the full 800 pagesI ll be the first to admit the delay in getting to the meat of the story was difficult to suffer And the constant religious references and uestions were annoying enough so that I would almost classify this as Christian fiction which I would have avoided had I been forewarned Note I am not a Christian but I heard enough preaching and religious bigotry and then speculation about angels demons the Christian God heaven faith the divine etc to assume a believer would have a much easier time than I did with the rural American culture as portrayed by Chuck Wendig Can I recommend this as a thriller No This slow tedious build up is the exact opposite of thrillingAs an apocalyptic epic to go next to The Stand Swan Song or The Passage trilogy Ehh that s a huge stretch unless you re willing to go purely based upon word countAs a sci fi novel Absolutely not because there s not a lot of science to it and it doesn t go out there enough to ualify Maybe as a speculative study of the human condition Okay sure Why the heck notIf you ve read this far in my wandering review tell me what you loved about it so maybe I can move my mind into loving it too Or if you could take it or leave it tell me this too because I want to know I m not sitting alone on this fence

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But Shana and her 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 aheadFor on their journey they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence where this apo. 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 feelingsI want to leave all your own discoveries with this book intact should you choose to go on this epic journey for yourself You ll find this book being compared to iconic apocalyptic novels such as SWAN SONG by Robert McCammon and THE STAND by Stephen King People will want to know Is it as good asI d like to say that I will happily shelve this book right next to those two books as my favorite apocalyptic horror novels And I will recommend all three of them as suchIt s impossible to compare them I think it s ridiculous to even try They are all totally different and evoke different emotions as they are all written by talented individuals who express themselves in vastly different waysStephen King released THE STAND in the Fall of 78 I would say that THE STAND is a character driven story focusing on individual trials tribulations as protagonists and antagonists navigate through a post apocalyptic landscape Heavy themes of Good vs Evil with elements of fantasy horror Agent Bioterrorism gone awrySWAN SONG like 10 years later Robert McCammon uses nuclear war as a catalyst for destruction Also character driven as readers get to follow several different groups of protagonists and antagonists as they navigate through a post apocalyptic landscape Also heavy themes of Good vs Evil and like King McCammon utilizes elements of fantasy and horrorWANDERERS is 2019 like 30 years after both of those books It s the epic apocalyptic story of this generation of our time Sure generation after generation will enjoy this book just like we enjoyed King and McCammon s offerings so many years after their release but WANDERERS is only going to be THIS relevant right NOWSo it s exciting to weigh in on it as the intended audienceUnlike King and McCammon Wendig s agent of destruction is a total mystery for most of the book The jury is out so to speak on just how catastrophic things will get so this isn t a post apocalyptic story it s a real time chain of events leading up to what could be See why the comparisons are already sort of a misleading Big difference between Pre and Post apocalypseAlso Wendig doesn t employ any fantasy elements here This is where the rubber meets the road style realism Everything feels extremely authentic and plausible right down to each chapter having these social media blurbs in different formats that feel so real I actually wondered a few times if Wendig ripped them from his own Twitter feedLet me just pause for a second to highlight the fact that Chuck Wendig is a prolific social media guru and his knowledge of how the world utilizes and empowers social media enhances the authenticity of this novel in a powerful way I felt like everything was not only possible but probably actually HAPPENING in some ways lending itself to the credibility and believability If you re at all familiar with Chuck s writing I strongly recommend the Miriam Black series you already know that Wendig writes in a compelling style that feels addictive Once you re hooked the pages don t stop turning and you ll be hard pressed to find a good place to drop that bookmark In a book as thick as this one the pace is a welcomed delight nobody wants to slog through hundreds of pagesRight around the halfway point I wondered if Chuck was going to deliver some horror or if this was going to rest comfortably as a solid apocalyptic sci fi urban thriller and I will say that Chuck s antagonist delivers This book explores a horror that lingers around the edges of our modern times that if left unchecked presents a very serious and dangerous threat We face manifestations of this threat every day Chuck s antagonist personifies our political climate in a plethora of ugly shocking ways Terrifying to say the leastLastly there is one common thread one valid comparison besides genre and SIZE that I found runs through this book SWAN SONG and THE STAND religion faithI love the way King and McCammon wove it through their stories and I also really enjoyed Wendig s use of it too The chapters with the Preacher were some of my favorites his character arc and evolution is powerful storytelling I appreciate what Wendig did thereSo there you have it My uniue and individual thoughts among the fray I applaud everything Chuck set out to do with this book it s a treasure and I thank him for itI loved my time with WANDERERS and I m sad it s over


10 thoughts on “Wanderers

  1. says:

    This audiobook is 32h long 32 HOURSNow let's see how the world ends

  2. says:

    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 uickly and I finished it within three days Wendig wrestles with potent uestions here including the power of technology extreme prejudice the religious façade and violence of the Christian right mora

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    It's the end of the world and I feel uuurkkkLet me tell you something my fine folks I think I had 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

  5. says:

    Take a walk on the long sideThe 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

  6. says:

    If you're reading this review it means that you're interested in my individual experience with this book WANDERERS

  7. says:

    This was a mammoth book and I feel a sincere sense of satisfaction for finishing I delayed reviewing because I needed some time to wr

  8. says:

    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 ratingWhat I need you

  9. says:

    thiswas arcstack before i got this beautiful 800 page beast in a slipcase no less fancy ARC why you so fancy? about a mysterious epidemic societ

  10. says:

    I received a free copy of this form NetGalley for reviewI’m generally rooting for the end of humanity these days but if

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