Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (Governor Trilogy #2) by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga - Ashley's Review

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Title: The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (The Governor Series #2)
Author: Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga
Year Published: 2012

My The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury Pre-Reading
My The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor Review
My The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor Pre-Reading
My The Walking Dead: Compendium 1 Review

Synopsis: The first book explained how the Governor was created; this thrilling sequel to The New York Times bestseller further reveals his ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury

The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia.

At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. . . . Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order.

Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora’s box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor’s reign . . . and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga's New York Times bestselling The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.


Review: I really love everything about The Walking Dead. I love the show, I love the comics, and I was totally blown away by Rise of the Governor. After that ending, I knew I had to read this book and find out what would happen next. 

This book is told from an outsider's perspective, which was definitely interesting. Seeing Lilly navigate through this new life and watching her friends & her find their way to Woodbury really helped expand this universe and show how other people deal with the zombie apocalypse. The only problem with this group of characters was that I hated pretty much all of them (except for Josh). They're all really annoying and shallow and I couldn't stand them. I didn't care what happened to them. 

Aside from that though, this book is really interesting. We still get to see some of the Governor and his particular brand of crazy. There's also more of Martinez and the Doctor, an I enjoyed getting to know them and their pasts a little bit more. Watching outsiders discover Woodbury and its secrets made it feel like I was the one discovering Woodbury for the first time. 

Like The Rise of the Governor, this book has a pretty big comic book feel to it. It's written in 3rd person, and often times describes things that even the characters are unaware of. It really made me feel scared for Josh and Lilly and their friends, and I always felt like something bad was about to happen. But then, like The Walking Dead does, I was lured into a sense of calm and let my guard down and BAD THINGS happen. So yeah. Ugh.

If you're a fan of The Walking Dead, I would totally suggest this series to you. Especially if you read the first installment. As far as zombie books go though, I don't think this is a good series to pick up without having at least a working knowledge of the universe that it's set it. It could be confusing and you should at least read the comics before you read these books. I'd give this one a 3/5, but I'll definitely be getting my hands on The Fall of the Governor soon! 


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