The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel

Front Cover
Henry Holt and Company, Aug 3, 2010 - Fiction - 240 pages
60 Reviews

Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.

For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption.

Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

“Alden Bell provides an astonishing twist on the southern gothic: like Flannery O'Connor with zombies.” —Michael Gruber, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
31
4 stars
19
3 stars
7
2 stars
3
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - MikeFutcher - LibraryThing

The Reapers Are the Angels is the story of Temple, a fifteen-year-old girl born into a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the living dead. The major theme of the novel is of Temple identifying and ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

Re-read – this time for post-apocalyptic book club. I appreciated the novel more, this time around. After finding myself recommending it to quite a few people, as well as my book club; it definitely ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Part II
111
Part III
193
Acknowledgments
227
About the Author
229
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Alden Bell is a pseudonym for Joshua Gaylord, whose first novel, Hummingbirds, was released in Fall '09. He teaches at a New York City prep school and is an adjunct professor at The New School. He lives in New York City with his wife, the Edgar Award-winning mystery writer, Megan Abbott.

Bibliographic information