Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

Review: The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

IN A GLANCE: This was a bit different than I expected it to be.

 Title: The Walking Dead Rise of the Governor
Author: Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
Format: Audiobook

Based on "The Walking Dead" graphic novels/comic books and the series starring Andrew Lincoln ("Teachers", "This Life and Love", and "Love Actually") and written/produced by Frank Darabont whose previous credits include "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile", this is a new trilogy of books written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, author of "Perfect Victim" and "Shattered". Set in the world created by Robert Kirkman, this standalone trilogy is fast-paced, action-packed storytelling about the lengths some men will go to survive. With new characters, new storylines and with the same in-depth character-based plotting that has made the television series such an immediate hit, this trilogy of novels is sure to be a hit with those who love zombies and those who have loved the TV series and comic books. In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.

This book isn't what I thought it would be, I thought it would be more like the show, its so much different in book form.  I'm not saying that I didn't like it, because I did, its just different. 

It took me a while to get in to this one, mainly because its a bit slow in the beginning but as soon as I got into it I was hooked.  It was great getting to read his back story and see the interaction between the Governor, his daughter and his brother.  This book is more than the Rise of the governor, to me its more of him finding himself, evil as he is. It also has a lot to do with survival of course as well.  

The way Rise of the Governor is wrote is brilliant.  I loved listening/reading it.  This book had shocking twists and turns, just like the comics and the show.  Oh and a quick hint, the ending will have you on the edge of your seat and begging for more. 

If you love The Walking Dead, then this is a great book for you to read.  I will fair warn you though, this book is a little harsh.  Even though I've seen the show and read the comics, some parts of this book just about killed me.  

I would give this book a: 

Plot: 20/20
Writing: 18/20
Characters: 19/20
Creativity: 19/20
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

96 out of 100 = 4 Puppy Rating

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