The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell

The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell
 Henry Holt/2010
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Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.

For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

It’s been 25 years since whatever horror that started the zombie apocalypse spread throughout the world. Fifteen year old Temple, driven from the lighthouse she calls home, begins a harrowing journey across a ruined America. Unflinching and brutal, Temple’s journey is fraught with danger, yet she eventually finds a purpose that will test her capacity for love and hope, and strengthen her will to live.

I could not put this book down. I fell in love with this tough, damaged, illiterate, street smart girl as she made her way across a wasteland filled with not only unspeakable horror (there are some genuinely scary, disturbing moments), but also oasis’ of beauty and humanity.

Alden Bell has created a zombie novel of the highest order. In addition, he’s created something rarely seen in this genre, a literary gem.


  1. I loved this book, it and Still Missing were the best books I read last year. So awesome. Shes amazing isn't she a really wonderful tough character and a new favorite author in Alden Bell for sure.

  2. This looks like a great book!
    Thanks for the review =)

  3. My goal this year is to read all the Alex Award winning books–this was one of them! Great review, I look forward to reading this one.

  4. I've only heard about this book on Candace's blog, but yo guys have convinced me I need to get it!

  5. I remember this book coming out, but never got my hands on it. Sounds like it's definitely worth a read. Thanks for sharing.

  6. OOH! Sounds fascinating! Think I'll add it to my tbr…Thanks Kristin!!

  7. It's a great book…emotionally draining, but wonderful…

  8. Paper Cut Reviewer

    Hi Kristin! Thanks for visiting my blog=) It's really hard to find a good zombie book so I'm so excited to read this book. Sound great and since you gave it a fab review I'm sure I will love it;) Thanks! I'm a new follower! Love your blog=)

    Happy Reading!

  9. This was one of my favorites of 2010! So glad to see that you feel in love with Temple, too!

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