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.
One of the greatest things about reading is that when you’re truly drawn in you slack off on everything else. This book is roughly 800 pages. I read it in under two days. At one point, I didn’t eat, take a break or go to the restroom. That’s how awesome I found this book. I can think of many adjectives that could show how I felt but I won’t add them here, for ramblings sake.
I would definitely suggest this book. It actually gave me some Stephen King vibes. I wouldn’t say it touches horror or suspense, but in the actual structuring of the novel. The way it bounces back and forth between important characters, the chapter length, the character development. I must say, Benji, (Dr. to you, thank you) is my favorite character! The plot was also right up my alley, bit of intrigue, bit of romance, loads of death. Yum. I must admit, I’m a big sucker for disaster movies and books. I like to see the first movies of civilization after it all begins to fall apart. I loved the ending of this book and there’s no doubt that you’ll like it as well. If not, I don’t know what’s wrong with ya! Or you can just write in the comments and let me know your thoughts.
Also, I don’t want to say that I’m biased, because the book was fantastic but I love several of his other books as well. Zeroes was one of the first books that I read by him and I thought it phenom! I also really liked Blackbirds, which is the first book in his Miriam Black series. I have two others in the series and one in ebook (I believe) but haven’t read them yet. He also writes a series of Star Wars books! If you’re into that sort of thing, check those out as well!
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