I’m excited to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for incredible dystopian novel Wanderers by acclaimed author Chuck Wendig. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Rebellion Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.
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.
About the author:
Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He’s the author of many published novels, including but not limited to: Blackbirds, The Blue Blazes, the YA Heartland series, and the New York Times bestselling series Star Wars: Aftermath. He is cowriter of the short film Pandemic and the Emmy Award–nominated digital narrative Collapsus.
Wendig has contributed over two million words to the game industry. He is also well known for his profane-yet-practical advice to writers, which he dispenses at his blog, TerribleMinds.com, and through several popular ebooks, including The Kick-Ass Writer, published by Writers Digest.
He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with wife, tiny human, and dog.
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig is a dystopian novel of epic proportions, but one that I did not want to end and would have liked to have been even longer than it already is.
Shana wakes up one day to discover her sister in the grips of a strange malady, appearing to be sleepwalking but unable to talk or to be woken up. And she is not alone. Soon there are sleepwalkers from across America, all on the same mysterious journey. Shana follows her sister and, along with other ‘shepherds’, tries to protect her as she makes her way to some unknown destination.
What follows is an incredible story that is increasingly possible in the world we live in today. It’s an exciting and tense read that completely took my breath away. I didn’t know quite what to expect when I started it, but Wanderers is one of those books that draws you in from the outset, until you become so immersed in the storyline that you feel like you’re part of the story yourself, living and breathing it right along with the characters.
There are some genuinely shocking moments that made me gasp out loud as I was swept along in the mystery of exactly what was causing so many people to sleepwalk across America. The story is fast paced and addictive, with many twists and turns along the way. And even though this is a long book (800 pages!), it didn’t feel as though it was as I raced through it in what appeared to be no time, becoming so absorbed in the story I didn’t even notice the passage of time.
This is the first book I’ve read by Chuck Wendig but it definitely won’t be my last. I loved every moment of this epic tale and did not want it to end. An exhilarating read that I would highly recommend, especially to readers who enjoy books like The Stand by Stephen King, apocalyptic stories of epic proportions that keep you interested but also make you think.
A stunning and addictive read that I would not have missed for the world. Outstanding!
The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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