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 on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatens 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.
Wanderers was the perfect epic read for me, they don’t make them like this much anymore- a novel you fully commit to and which gives you everything back and then some.
From its tense and strange opening to the breathless finale, Wanderers will hold you in a vice like grip, the beautiful writing telling the story of the end of the world as we know it. But I feel fine…
The characters are highly engaging, diverse and intelligently drawn, Chuck Wendig has a way of emotionally connecting you to them in very short order. Unexpected turns and weirdly wonderful idea’s pepper the pages – this is a road trip like no other and all the vagaries of human nature are on display here from the dangerous to the mundane. It is in a lot of ways a tale of our time.
I adored it. One of those you sink into and don’t want to come out of. I really cannot recommend it highly enough.