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Best Book October – The Reapers are the Angels

October 27, 2010

So I obsessively read this blog called YA Highway that shares news about the young adult publishing world. Every Wednesday they do “Road Trip Wednesday” where they pose a question and then ask people to respond either in the comments, or on their own blog. Every week I say I’m going to do this. Every week.

This time I actually did.  This week’s question at YA Highway is: “What’s the best book you read in October?”

Hands down, it was The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell. It’s about a 15-year-old girl who has only ever known a world devastated by the zombie apocalypse, and yet is somehow able to find beauty in it.  The writing is luscious without being pretentious, and the focus stays on the story. The POV is deep and intense. Temple is just the kind of teen character you want to spend time with so you can get way inside her brain.

And speaking of brains, The Reapers are the Angels plays fair with the zombies. the book plays to the conventions that zombie fans expect, and yet because these conventions are filtered through the eyes of this broken, brilliant girl who sees hope and miracles in a world that you’d think would have run out of them.

My “to be read” pile is so huge that I rarely get a chance to reread a book, even one that I love. I adored this book so much that I actually started reading it again as soon as I finished it.  Amazing book.

And if I haven’t convinced you to read it yet, here’s a snippet:

“God is a slick god. Temple knows. She knows because of all the crackerjack miracles still to be seen on this ruined globe

Like those fish all disco-lit in the shallows. That was something, a marvel with no compare that she’s been witness to…”

You can read a longer excerpt here.

So what was your favorite book that you read in October? Share it in the comments here, or over at YA Highway.

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  1. December 14, 2010 7:16 am

    “the book plays to the conventions that zombie fans expect, and yet because these conventions are filtered through the eyes of this broken, brilliant girl who sees hope and miracles in a world that you’d think would have run out of them.”
    Intresting. I would like details!

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