Author: Chuck Wendig
This is my 91st book of the year
This is the story of the end of civilization. Shana wakes up one morning to find her sister sleepwalking out of the house. No matter what she does, she cannot wake her up. She cannot stop her path. When she touches her, her sister Nessie seems to have a seizure. Soon - others join Nessie walking what seems like a purpose, but completely unaware of her surroundings. Nothing can stop them. If someone tries to stop a member of the "flock" - the results are disasterous. Family members and soon the CDC and the media start to follow the flock - protecting them and trying to figure out where they are going and why.
In the end, the truth of what is coming and why the sleepwalkers are who they are comes to light. As civilization deteriorates from a pandemic, the flock marches on. An external threat - a surpremicist group - threatens to end them and Shana and the other "shepherds" who are protecting the flock will do everything they can to stop them.
This was a pretty good book. It is LONG. The writing was pretty good, not 5 star, but it moves the story along. If I wasn't so busy, I would have liked to have read this book faster because I did want to see where it was going. I would say my only real criticism of this book is how severe the author made the bad guys. This is a personal opinion - it is the reason, for example, I stopped watched "The Walking Dead" because the bad guy was so bad I couldn't tolerate it. Too stressful. I felt the same here. I know the author did it on purpose, but for me - it was just a bit much.
Otherwise - terrific book. This is a duology, and so I am definitely doing to read the second to see where it goes because the first ended on a cliff hanger.
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