no spoiler Book review
This book was recommended by some enlightened human on Library Twitter.
I tend to love almost any book that falls into the apocalyptic fiction category, so even though the audiobook was THIRTY-TWO hours long, I still downloaded it without hesitation.
Let me just say, I was absolutely obsessed with this book. I could not stop reading it.
A lot of people are comparing this book to Stephen King’s, The Stand, and they are correct, the books both feature a plague and a trip to Las Vegas. However, I thought the more important King similarity was the powder keg politics of, Under the Dome.
There was also a lot of scientific and technical problem solving that reminded me of Andy Weir’s, The Martian.
I am not saying this book is unoriginal or plagiarized in any way! This book is its own fantastic horror show, with some familiar elements found in other exceptional works.
If you enjoyed any of the above titles or anything apocalyptic, you are likely to be as consumed by this book as I was. This is a strong contender for my book of the year. Check back in January to find out what my official selection is!
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A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world's last hope.
Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little 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 her 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. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.