The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
Narrator: Fred Berman
Date Read: November 2011
Genre: Horror, Zombie
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.
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Series: The Governor Series #1
Also by this author: The Road to Woodbury br> br>
Also in this series: The Road to Woodbury
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating 3.00
Story Rating 3.00
Character Rating 3.00
Audio Rating 2.00
NOTE: The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor is a hard one to really rank as there were parts that totally rocked but the constant changing of POVs really distracted from the story. I haven’t read the comic books so I had no connection to these characters in advance.
Audio Review: I wouldn’t recommend listening to this on audio–the narration was a little flat. Fred Berman did a decent job but with all the switching POVs, I think it would have been better suited to multiple narrators.
What I Loved: I am finding that I am really loving watching the Zombie Manifestation through the children’s eyes. In this case, it was Penny. Whether the story was from her POV or just the adults watching her–it was very chilling. It is amazing how a kid can change your strategy at any given time. All of the men (her dad and “uncles”) really do try to make this as easy for her as possible. Unfortunately, this is not an easy time. Her journey directly effects each of the characters and really does bring a level of emotional endearment to the story.
What I Liked: I am always fascinated in Zombie stories at what the point is of surviving. The emotions that one must go through: fear, anger, perseverance, giving up, and finally acceptance. It is what happens after the acceptance that always just gets me. How do you live in a world where this is now the norm? Rise of the Governor did a fantastic job of going through everyone’s acceptance and their reactions.
Complaints: To many POVs for me and it was darn right distracting.
Why I gave it a 3.00: This is mostly due to the POVs. However, I think I would have felt more connected to the story had I read the comic books.
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