The Reapers Are the Angels

The Reapers Are the Angels

Alden Bell / Apr 03, 2020

The Reapers Are the Angels 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 f

  • Title: The Reapers Are the Angels
  • Author: Alden Bell
  • ISBN: 9780230748644
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 demZombies 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.

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      • Alden Bell

        Alden Bell is a pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, whose first novel, Hummingbirds, was released in Fall 09 He teaches at a New York City prep school and is an adjunct professor at The New School He lives in New York City with his wife, the Edgar Award winning mystery writer, Megan Abbott.


    1. 4.5 out of 5 stars This is a gruesome and beautiful book. This allegorical tale of a 15-year-old girl wandering a barren wasteland should not be beautiful, because she's fighting off zombies and a guy who's dead set on executing her. But it is. The writing is lush and gorgeous, the kind that makes you want to sink down and roll around in it until some small part of it is absorbed into your skin. *******************************************************Excerpt:It was deep night when she saw it, but [...]

    2. book two of "october is zombie month" was so much better than book one. sooo much better. i was intrigued by this book, until i read mike reynolds' devastatingly negative review of it, and it got shunted to the mental back burner. but eventually i remembered that i am not as smart as mike reynolds, and i am content with playing with little glass paperweights refracting in the sunlight while giggling, so i read it. and i loved it. (see, pretty!)but it's good - i lovingly thumb my nose at the nega [...]

    3. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of thewicked one;The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is theend of the world; and the reapers are the angels.As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire;so shall it be the end of this world.There are people who are not going to read this book just because they don’t read books with zombies. They may not read it because it is horror, fearing that they will be expos [...]

    4. I just finished reading probably a couple of dozens of the book's reviews and feel like there is hardly anything left to add. Except maybe that The Reapers Are the Angels is one of the very few zombie books I have ever finished and pretty much the only zombie book that I finished with pleasure and emotional involvement. Most likely because this novel isn't really about zombies. It is about us, people, whose conscience (and not external circumstances) often is our most dangerous and relentless en [...]

    5. I had this crazy dream about zombies the other night. I can’t remember a goddamn thing about it now, and the aftermath is a little fuzzy, but apparently when I woke up I was convinced that they were in the house, because I shot straight up in bed and screamed, “THEY’RE COMING UP THE STAIRS!” My fiancé had no idea that I’d been dreaming and thought that someone had broken into the house. Chaos ensued. Now before you go thinking, “Oh that poor man” let me tell you that this is rare [...]

    6. It’s like all the best parts of The Road, The Walking Dead and Winter’s Bone. Temple is a fifteen year old girl who has grown up in the ruins of America following the zombie apocalypse. She wanders the remains like a post-apocalyptic tourist looking at the wonders created by a 'slick god' and encountering a variety of people along the way. Supremely capable and confident, Temple has little problem surviving and dispatching the 'meatskins' she runs across, but she winds up with a determined k [...]

    7. I’m glad I read Megan's review, or I might have overlooked this slim but very satisfying post-apocalyptic story. If you are looking for thrills, mad and ravenous zombies, and intense gore, look elsewhere. You won’t find it here. Not that there isn’t violence or zombies, it’s just that they don’t overpower the story. Without family or a place to live, 15-year-old Temple wanders around a bleak and barren landscape ravaged by zombies. Many of the human survivors live in groups, sheltering [...]

    8. The harvest is the end of this world,and the reapers are the angels.I've read countless books in my life and through them I've been introduced to literally thousands of characters. Some of them I forgot almost instantly. Others I need to be reminded of and even then remember only faintly. Then there are some I remember clearly because a part of them was important to me. But there is also a very small number of characters that stay with me always, characters that follow me around like shadows sha [...]

    9. Would it be a stretch to call it a Faulkner-esque zombie tale?From the start, Reapers quickly distinguishes itself in the zombie apocalypse genre. Temple, our heroine, has found herself a deserted lighthouse when she experiences the miracle of the fishes. "She left the lighthouse and went down to the beach to look at the moon pure and straight, and she stood in the shallows and let her feet sink into the sand as the patter-waves tickled her ankles. And that's when she saw it, a school of tiny fi [...]

    10. A girl who’s traveled the land, her mind filled with people, sights and words, with sins and redemption. She’s only 15 and has killed many the rule is kill or be killed. A desolate land of death and zombies, she did not choose this destiny. Amongst the contagious spreading of zombies, she hides from many in the shadows and is well equipped to fight twice her size equipped with her Gurkha knife. This story is written well, a story so bleak about death and survival and love has some beautifull [...]

    11. Ok, I think I have calmed down enough to rate this book. I almost want to give it all the stars but (view spoiler)[ I just can't after that ending. My Temple. :((hide spoiler)].I'm not going to give this a proper review, but I will say that this book was damn good. Damn good. I have no idea why it is shelved as YA, though. Totally *not* YA. But Temple is 15, so I guess people automatically assume that means it's YA. Temple is one of the BEST female protagonists I have EVER read. She is fucking b [...]

    12. Absolutely one of the WORST books I've ever read. The plot is inspired, but its butchered by piss poor authorship & the biggest fuck up of an editor on the planet! It makes the book not even worth the paper that you wipe your butt with!25 years AFTER the zombies rise we still have electricity, Coke, ice, power enough to run elevators, & plenty of gasoline.Diesel engines still cross the country. The power grids are all still intact, apparently humans don't need to like, SERVICE the machin [...]

    13. From the beginning this reads like an author trying desperately to write an intelligent and literary young adult book. If only the execution had worked. It read like a clumsy attempt at so-called beautiful writing in that way where you're envisioning the people who write with a Thesaurus open on their lap and change every other word to make their writing something it's not. The story was weighed down by the purple prose. It was a clunky read, only made worse by the "style" the author adopted in [...]

    14. The Reapers are the Angels is one of those books which I find extremely difficult to review because whatever I might say about it, it is never enough and it sounds banal.Right from page 1, it was clear to me that this book stands in a category of its own in respect to YA lit - but then, can it even be considered YA lit? One sure thing I can say is that this is literature.In fact, one of the traits which make this book really stand out is certainly the quality of its writing: metaphorical, evocat [...]

    15. I don't understand what makes a blockbuster of a book. I read The Road and honestly hated it. This book does a similar theme and does it so much better and is so much better written. So why does one succeed and one isn't as well known?Temple is a young 15 year old girl on her own. She wasn't born before the zombies took over. She was born after. It's all she has ever known. This character is one of the strongest female characters that I think I have read about. I ADORED her. She feels that she i [...]

    16. Alden Bell proves that the literary zombie novel is not an oxymoron. Review to follow.About zombies, you can say I’m earnest. I love how they can be so many different things at once – pathetic, savage, terrifying, unrelenting. Zombies are shambling and starving, haunted and lost. They ramble and feed, yet there is a hint, always just a hint, of some long lost memory of who they used to be. Nothing captures that better than the scene from Romero’s 1978 Dawn of the Dead when the zombies come [...]

    17. 3.5 – 4 starsWell, I gotta say I didn't expect that ending._The Reapers are the Angels_ is my first foray into the très au courant genre of zombie apocalypse. It was a fortunate choice and I can only hope I enjoy other forays into the genre as much. One thing I can say is that it’s definitely a real page-turner . The story of Temple, the young bad-ass action-grrl born into a world after the rise of the undead, is compelling and engrossing and has definitely got velocity. Temple herself is i [...]

    18. AH and Regina did an excellent review of this book heredassbookreviews/review-tor you can read my much less exciting review below4.5 stars out of 5If you could take all the strong, fearless, intelligent, compassionate female characters from all the books you have read, you'll come close to Temple's character.If you take all the screwed up, guilt ridden, angry, sad female characters from the books you have read, you'll come close to Temple's character.Temple will go down as one of the most memora [...]

    19. Buddy read with Gavin3 STARSI really wanted to like this more. I'm so conflicted, feeling like I have a split personality, on how I want to star the book. But I can't give it more than 3 stars. Some things were just ugh! And I don't feel like writing a full review at all. Reviews for 3 stars books are the hardest one to write, at least for me. I'm browsing through some reviews now and I'll probably make a compilation of the ones which hit close to my own thoughts and feelings about the book. I' [...]

    20. This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.Somewhere along the way, I have decided that I love zombies. I have to admit that The Walking Dead probably has been a large part of my new found love of all things zombies. When this book came across my feed on , I just know that I was going to have to read it. Everyone seemed to absolutely love it and I just knew that I was in for a treat. I liked this book well enough but it didn't turn out to nearly as good as I had been expecting. It may [...]

    21. This book is a very interesting blend of literary fiction, horror, western, and post-apocalyptic landscape. It’s original and it stands apart from the ravenous mobs of zombie novels published recently. The main character has a very well developed point of view that I haven’t seen before, and the ending left my mind reeling with possibilities.The opening of the story seems beautiful, almost idyllic. Temple has found a sanctuary in an island lighthouse, where she goes through the daily chores [...]

    22. I've debated back and forth on whether or not to post a review for this book because I have nothing new to add to the conversation. But that got me thinking. What is a conversation other than the sharing of opinions and ideas? So what if a book has umpteen million reviews. So what if none of my friends might be interested in it or have already read it. To even think I hold sway over what anyone else reads stinks of narcissism, and, while I am the sexiest, smartest, and most-loved reviewer on thi [...]

    23. 4.4 stars Quick and dirty-Bloody, Gore Filled, Putrid, Rotting, flesh eating zombie story all centered around a fifteen year old survivor. (Not a YA read)This is what I want in zombies, disgusting stinky hungry monsters. There is not a moment of doubt that these nasties want to eat, rip and kill all living meat. Beware, the descriptions can turn your stomach they are so detailed and visual, this is some great writing. I loved that they had some confusion but no humanity let in them. There was ju [...]

    24. This is probably going to be the vaguest, wishy-washiest review I’ve written. But I find that it’s imperative not to go into too much detail with this one. If you’ve read it or when you’ve read it, you’ll probably understand why I’m reluctant to go into too much detail. This book asks a lot of questions and doesn’t offer a lot of answers… and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Books are supposed to make you think and this one certainly does.If you do want a crack at some answe [...]

    25. This book was one of the more disappointing and frustrating YA books I've read lately. The story offered just enough that I tolerated the many flaws and dragged myself to the end. My endurance was rewarded by one of the worst endings in the history of fiction. The sad thing is the post apocalyptic setting had potential. This story takes place 25 years after a zombie apocalypse has wiped out the better part of the population. We follow Temple, a 15 year old girl, as she struggles for survival in [...]

    26. Ufff… hace tiempo que no me costaba tanto reseñar un libro. ¿Me gustó? Sí, me gustó, pero no por lo que uno podría esperar en un libro de zombis. Tal como he leído en otros comentarios, el apocalipsis zombi descrito en esta novela es sólo una excusa para lo que realmente quiere contar.En primer lugar el estilo narrativo es fascinante, esa forma de incorporar los diálogos dentro de las mismas descripciones me encantó y nos permite descubrir a uno de los mejores personajes con los que [...]

    27. Alden Bell, The Reapers Are the Angels (Holt, 2010) Vine, wonderful folks that they are, provided me with the best book I read last year hands down, China Mieville's The City and the City. And now, they've provided me with another book that has a strong chance of topping 2010's list: Alden Bell's debut novel, The Reapers Are the Angels. (If you're wondering, as I was, about the awkward title, it's a Biblical quote.) Actually, while it's Alden Bell's debut novel, it's not, really. Alden Bell is t [...]

    28. This contains some spoilers and is a bit of an ‘all over the place’ type of review. I had a hard time gathering all of my thoughts into an organized review.The world that Temple lives in is the only world she’s ever known. She never lived in a world where there weren’t any zombies, a world where everyone was peaceful and didn’t have to wake up and fighting to survive each and every day."The world, it treats you kind enough so long as you’re not fightin against it."Temple is a great c [...]

    29. I can't get over the fact that I'm giving 5 stars to a zombie book. I loathe the entire zombie genree utter impossibility of corpses lurching around trying to snack on regular folks is laughable in the extreme. Even if zombies were real, six fat bald men with spiked clubs could wipe out the entire zombie nation without having to put down their beverages. The creatures are so slow and dull-witted that children can elude them without breaking into a trot scary is that? And there are so many writer [...]

    30. Over a hundred people have shelved this as a YA novel. This is not a YA novel! The prose is artful and does not condescend, there is a fair amount of (admittedly half-baked, being birthed in the brain of an illiterate fifteen-year-old) philosophy that does not bear directly on the story, but most importantly, it doesn't have a YA ending.YA novels pretty much have to have a happy ending. Or at least a triumph. Sure, the author might kill off a kid sister or a friend or two, but ultimately the her [...]

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