Chuck Wendig's WANDERERS
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
I am a huge fan of Chuck Wendig. His Miriam Black novels are utterly amazing. And with his last two novels Zer0es and Invasive he veered into Michael Crichton territory and proved to be not only worthy of the mantle but someone who could take the genre to new heights and new places.. There isn’t a genre he doesn’t touch without turning it to gold. So when the buzz started about his latest novel six months before publication, I knew he’d written something truly special.
I was lucky enough to score an early reading copy just as I was finishing the final Miriam Black novel. As the publication date on the advanced copy said it was coming out on the 7th of September I thought I had time and let few books skip past it in my reading pile. That is until I realized the publication date was written in the American format: 7.9.19. Which meant the book was out already and I hadn’t read it!! So I dove straight in...
At first this book seems daunting. It is almost 800 pages and books this size always feel like a big commitment. I mean how many other books could I read in the time it takes to read a book this big? The answer is who cares. Wanderers grabs you by the scruff of your neck from the opening page and doesn’t let go until the very end. I tore through this book. Chuck Wendig paces the story perfectly with twists and surprises still coming at the 500-page mark, hell, the 767-page mark. I haven’t read an end-of-the-world epic this good since The Passage and I am still buzzing about how good this book is.
The book opens in the first stages of a strange new epidemic. It starts in one person who gets out of bed one morning, leaves the house and starts walking down the road. They are seemingly sleepwalking. This person is then joined by another and then another. They can’t be woken and they can’t be stopped. Where they are heading nobody knows. Family members begin following what becomes down as The Flock. The Centre for Disease Control is dispatched to investigate and is at a loss to explain this new phenomenon. As more sleepwalkers join the flock and less answers are discovered panic starts to seep out around the rest of the country, building as people seek answers and search for something or someone to blame. And as people try to fill their own answers to the void chaos and violence begins to loom ever closer on the horizon. A horizon The Flock is endlessly marching towards.
This is the best book Chuck Wendig has ever written. Inspired by the utter chaos of the last two years in America Wendig has used the sentiments of today’s world and applied them to an end-of-the-world thriller unlike anything else that has come before it. With a cast of unforgettable characters this is a techno-thriller than will keep you guessing, have you gasping and will keep your gripped like a vice right until the final sentence. An epic in every sense of the word.
Author: Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Length: 235.0 millimetre
Width: 156.0 millimetre
Subtitle: A Novel
Category: Mystery & Thriller
Publication Date: 02/07/2019