The novel is a spin-off of Kirkman's series of graphic novels and explores the back-story of one of the series' most infamous characters, Lilly Caul. The book focuses on Lilly and her path to Woodbury, Georgia , a rural town that is barricaded and walled off to separate the living from the undead. It seems to be the perfect sanctuary. Life appears idyllic, with plenty of food, shelter and security provided to its residents. The town expands and grows stronger every day, and its leader, The Governor Philip Blake , keeps the citizens in line. Lilly begins to suspect all is not as it seems.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Jay Bonansinga Goodreads Author. The first book explained how the Governor was created; this thrilling sequel to The New York Times bestseller further reveals his ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encamp The first book explained how the Governor was created; this thrilling sequel to The New York Times bestseller further reveals his ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead.
Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade expands, growing stronger every day.
Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems… Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order. Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora's box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor's reign… and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga's New York Times bestselling The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 18, Christa Maurice rated it did not like it.
While the action and the basic story were pretty good, the writing was awful. And if the Josh endlessly referred to as "the big man" had called his girlfriend 'babygirl' one more time I was going to scream.
I wasn't impressed with the characters either for the most part. One of the main female characters regularly froze up when she was frightened. How is she supposed to survive a zombie attack? The deer in the headlights usually gets run While the action and the basic story were pretty good, the writing was awful. The deer in the headlights usually gets run over. And her friend who was sleeping with all the husbands in the original group?
If I had survived a zombie attack with my husband and children and she started sniffing around I'd draw her away from the group and bash her head in with a rock. I need his attention focused on being a good caveman protector, not the convenient tail in the next tent. Also, at the beginning of the book, a group of survivors is putting up a circus tent to use as a community center for their tent community. There are zombies roving the land so of course the first thing you're going to do is put up a giant tent that will block your view while not offering any kind of serious protection.
Later they find a Walmart and decide to NOT stay there because it's too dangerous. Hmm, we'll put up a tent for protection, but a big store with only a front entrance and a loading dock to fortify that's already loaded with supplies and probably surrounded by a large parking lot that would offer a long view to approaching trouble, we'll walk away from that because it's too dangerous.
When does the next season start? View all 7 comments. Oct 18, Samantha rated it it was ok Shelves: zombies , dystopian , horror. If you have read "The Rise of the Governor" or are current with "The Walking Dead" graphic novels then the ending of this book is in no way surprising. The whole book felt like Robert Kirkman rushed through it just to get another book out there to sell. The characters were kind of lame and there was some serious slut shaming going on that was off-putting.
Perhaps Kirkman was trying to identify with the ladies, but his idea of lady seems to be scared, fragile angel or slutty, pothead-prostit Meh. Perhaps Kirkman was trying to identify with the ladies, but his idea of lady seems to be scared, fragile angel or slutty, pothead-prostitute ha! Not that the men's characters were much more evolved in this book either.
What this book does right, on the other hand, is expertly describe a zombie battle scene. From black bile to dripping flesh I felt like I was witnessing each and every fight first hand!
The word "greasy" may have been a bit overused however, but other than that the descriptions were awesome. I'm giving it a 2 because it was just ok and not a greasy drop of zombie intestine more. View 1 comment.
Mar 21, Jim rated it did not like it Shelves: horror. This book is nominally a sequel to Rise of the Governor; I say nominally because we don't see an of the characters or plot threads from that book until this one is about half over. So in that regard, right off the bat this book disappoints.
What about in other regards? To be honest, it isn't very well-written. The characters are deeply stupid and the writing is incredibly repetitive, and that is a bad, bad combination. I lost count of how many times the narration would point out that because of This book is nominally a sequel to Rise of the Governor; I say nominally because we don't see an of the characters or plot threads from that book until this one is about half over.
I lost count of how many times the narration would point out that because of what they were doing, the characters didn't notice walkers around them and suddenly they were in danger. It just got boring and annoying after awhile, as did the poorly developed romances and sudden changes in a character's personality.
Honestly, the only reason I could give anyone to read this book is that it provides a bit of back story about some of what goes on in Woodbury And since even the back story really isn't necessary, you can skip this book entirely. May 19, Alaina rated it really liked it Shelves: horror , dystopia , fiction , sci-fi , paranormal , fantasy , may-challenge , supernatural. I definitely thought it was a lot better than the first one.
Especially since it had the same narrator as before and I feel like I was less annoyed with him this time around. Probably because I was prepared for it and how he spoke..
In this story, it's about a group of people travelling to Woodbury, which is a small town with actual humans living there. Along the way, they are constantly dealing with zombies and killing them. I almost wanted to gag at some parts but was intrigued to see how this one was going to end. When we get to Woodbury we see the Governor again. Now I haven't seen every episode or season of the actual tv show The Walking Dead but I do remember when they actually got to Woodbury and how the people who lived there acted.
Even the Governor was strange to me. Yes, I still thought that when I was listening to the audio book of the first book in this series. Overall, it was a really interesting book. I haven't really been in to zombies books until this year and I find this series so fascinating. I can't decide who's more evil though: zombies or the humans? I mean the residents of this town were just something.
I didn't like everyone there but then again I felt that exact way watching the show. Even though I don't like every character I'm meeting along this wonderful series journey, one can feel bad for them.
For instance, what they are going through and how they are living can't be easy. Every day is filled with difficult decision making. I can't wait to dive into the next book. I hope they keep getting better and better.
The Road to Woodbury