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Title: The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (The Governor Series #1)
Author: Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga
Year Published: 2011
Synopsis: Based on The Walking Dead graphic novels/comic books and the series starring Andrew Lincoln (Teachers, This Life and Love, and Love Actually) and written/produced by Frank Darabont whose previous credits include The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, this is a new trilogy of books written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, author of Perfect Victim and Shattered. Set in the world created by Robert Kirkman, this standalone trilogy is fast-paced, action-packed storytelling about the lengths some men will go to survive. With new characters, new storylines and with the same in-depth character-based plotting that has made the television series such an immediate hit, this trilogy of novels is sure to be a hit with those who love zombies and those who have loved the TV series and comic books.
In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.
Why?: I'm a huge Walking Dead fan - I read the comics, I watch the show, and I want to know everything there is about the characters and their world. I'm really excited to learn about why the Governor is the way he is, and how he came to be so ruthless and crazy. Was he always like that? What drove him to madness? I'm hoping this series answers a lot of the questions I have!
Expectations: I expect this to be a very character driven book. I don't really think the plot will be exceptional - definitely some harrowing experiences and things that change The Governor's life and cause him to become the villain we all know and love to hate. I'm kind of expecting it to feel like a comic book without the pictures.
Judging a book by its cover: This cover is very simple and goes well with the series. I can't tell if the silhouettes are living people or zombies, and I really like the ambiguity of it. I would probably pick it up if I saw it on a shelf somewhere based on the cover alone.