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The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (#2 in series)

by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

genre: zombie-fiction, horror

Fans of The Walking Dead should give this book a miss. Find out why I gave it 1 out of 5 stars!


road-to-woodbury(Taken from Goodreads)

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.


I love The Walking Dead television series and anything zombie related. I have been on the hunt for a good zombie fiction novel but this book was not what I was searching for.

First of all, the characters were too bland for my liking. The main girl Lily could have been really interesting to read but the writer kept her a little scared girl. Josh (always referred to as ‘big man’) repeatedly referred to Lily as ‘babygirl’. It was driving me insane and it didn’t feel sweet at all. The slut shaming in the book was terrible with how Megan was portrayed: a pot-head prostitute and little else. She was just a reason to have sex scenes in the book. It was shallow and stupid. They could have developed all these characters to something much much more.

The basic plot line was interesting but because the characters were so bland, I just wanted the book to end. I liked seeing the Governor develop but he’s just portrayed as a terrible human being anyway. I already knew that he was, why would I read another book about it?

I haven’t read the first book by this author in the series but I’m definitely not reading any before or after this. I am going to read the original graphic novels and hopefully enjoy a great parallel story of the Walking Dead characters. This was just a boring novel and I wish I hadn’t picked it up.

1 out of 5 stars

amazonbutton2 copyThis book is for you if you:

  • Just want to read a mindless story with a decent plot
  • Love reading about zombies

This book is not for you if you:

  • Want well-developed and interesting characters
  • Hate when books reduce a female characters to just the ‘slut’ for the sake of sex scenes

 Ermisenda Alvarez

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