A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes "a magnum opus...a story about survival that’s not just about you and me, but all of us, together" (Kirkus Reviews starred review).
Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by:
- The Washington Post
- The Dallas Morning News
- Kirkus Reviews
- Publishers Weekly
- Library Journal
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 as the sleepwalking phenomenon awakens terror and violence in America, the real danger may not be the epidemic but the fear of it. With society collapsing all around them - and an ultraviolent militia threatening 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.
In development for TV by Glen Mazzara, executive producer of The Walking Dead
Look for the sequel in 2022
Praise for Wanderers
"This career-defining epic deserves its inevitable comparisons to Stephen King’s The Stand." (Publishers Weekly starred review)
"A suspenseful, twisty, satisfying, surprising, thought-provoking epic." (Harlan Coben, number one New York Times best-selling author of Run Away)
"A true tour de force." (Erin Morgenstern, New York Times best-selling author of The Night Circus)
"A masterpiece with prose as sharp and heartbreaking as Station Eleven." (Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M)
"A magnum opus.... It reminded me of Stephen King’s The Stand - but dare I say, this story is even better." (James Rollins, number one New York Times best-selling author of Crucible)
"An inventive, fierce, uncompromising, stay-up-way-past-bedtime masterwork." (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World)
"An American epic for these times." (Charles Soule, author of The Oracle Year)
"Wanderers is amazing - huge, current, both broad and intensely personal, blending the contemplative apocalypse of Station Eleven with the compulsive readability of the best thrillers." (Django Wexler, author of the Shadow Campaigns series)
"Chuck Wendig’s latest, Wanderers, is a magnum opus of both storytelling and prose, epic in scope, yet told with an intimacy that hooked me from the first page. It reminded me of a technological version of Stephen King’s The Stand - but dare I say, this is even better: a postapocalyptic horror story that bares the best and worst of humanity in all its rawest forms. Don’t miss this tour de force. It left me awed." (James Rollins, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Crucible)
"With Wanderers, Chuck Wendig levels up - and when you consider the high level he was already writing at, that's saying something." (John Scalzi, New York Times best-selling author of The Consuming Fire)
Ce que les auditeurs disent de Wanderers
It sucks you in and you don't even notice...
...until you're halfway through the apocalypse. It wasn't as unpredictable to me as I'd kind of expected from the outset of the previews, in fact as lot of twists and turns the story took were not a surprise to me at all, I saw them coming a mile away. But that didn't take away any of the enjoyment, on the contrary, since in this case the journey is more the destination and it felt like a very simple philosophical question: if the singularity happened, what would it conclude about humanity and our impact onto the world we live in and how would it react to that? thought through to the end along the lines of unshakable, strangely moralistic (while being amoral) logic. Everything that happens adheres to that set of parameters, though the way we get there holds some truely innovative narration and is buoyed by a set over flawed and heroic and quintessentially human characters. And watching them on their journey felt like a mindmeld of inevitability, an inescapable narrative pull that created tension not in the way of jumpscares and thriller moments (though there are those) but out of the fundamental struggles the characters face in a very realistic world where there are no good or bad choices, but slightly better and slightly worse ones that lead you to the next set of choices that the characters might make better informed but that don't guarantee success. It's a world that is only one small step removed from ours and that is what gives it the traditional gothic horror feel while also playing to science fiction elements. It's truly a work beyond genre. And the speakers do a marvelous job, filling out many roles that give the world of the story an expansive and deep feel. Listening to it is probably best described as a cinematic experience in scope and you want to really sit down with it and concentrate because it's so rich in details you shouldn't want to miss.
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- G. Weiser
Too much of everything
If you are the kind of person who thinks that a cocktail of cocaine, LSD, Heroin and Ecstasy are barely enough to party out, then you might also think this book barely hit the point where it covers enough of the top blockbuster buzzword hot topics. I mean, some write a bestseller about genetic experiments. Someone else tries a bestseller about Artificial Intelligence. It's hard not to leave a spoiler here, but Wendig obviously tried to not let a sinlge buzzword topic uncovered except colonizing Mars. One could think the author had made a bet that he could put more pre- and post apocalyptic topics into his story than any other. The credibility of the story of course totally gets burried alongside the road where the wanderers ambulate. The ideas lack any scientific basis, the plot turns out somehow not logical at all, i mean, why the heck... well of course i know why: Because it had to happen this way, because otherwise the show wouldn't have gotten on the road. But really, sometimes less is simply more. And then again: I understand why it's a bestseller. It's written in a very entertaining way that keeps you wondering what comes next. I wouldn't be surprised if Wendig turned out to be just a pseudonym of Stephen King or another big player.
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