Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Review: The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

Title: The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (#2)
Authors: Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
Published by: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press
Released: 2012
Source: Library

Summary: Lilly Caul has managed to survive the beginning stages of the zombie apocalypse. Living in a tent city of survivors, she befriends the gentle giant of Josh Lee Hamilton. When circumstances arise where they must leave the tent city, Josh, Lilly, an old army medic Bob, old highschool friend Megan, and a stoner named Scott start living out of a van, looking for a safe place to call home. 
When the weary party stumbles upon Woodbury, they are unsure of what they are walking into. Woodbury is a grim place, ruled by a man called The Governor. Lilly gets an unsettled feeling about the place, and would like to leave, but then circumstances arise in which Lilly must fight for what she believes in. 
This is the second book in a four book series (?) explaining the backstory of Phillip Blake, the man who became The Governor.
My Thoughts: This book was an okay read for me. I liked learning more about Woodbury and more about the Governor. This book does a good job of beginning to explain just what really drives the Governor and makes him tick.
One of my complaints in the first book about his dramatic life change were better explained in this second book, and while I still wish he had turned out differently, I do semi-understand how he got there.
There was tons of action, suspense, heartbreak, and zombie slaying in this book that was highly enjoyable.
Lilly, Josh, and Bob were nice, likable characters, and I wished for their endings to turn out differently.
One thing that surprised me was how dark Woodbury turned out to be. It wasn't the happy Woodbury displayed in the AMC Television series, but was a dark place, where people lived together, but didn't work together. Community and the common good were defeated by individual comfort and gain. I'm interested to see just how Woodbury grows and changes.
I'll definitely be picking up the third book to see how this series continues. I recommend this series to any Walking Dead fans who want a little extra information on various characters. Or for anyone who just wants a little zombie fun!
Welcome to Woodbury

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