The Walking Dead original novel series, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman’s iconic universe, continues with The Fall of the Governor. From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic book and executive producer of AMC’s blockbuster TV series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker Award-finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes the gripping third novel in this richly woven, page-turning literary saga, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.
In Rise of the Governor, uber-villain Philip Blake journeyed from his humble beginnings directly into the dark heart of the zombie apocalypse, and became the self-proclaimed leader of a small town called Woodbury. In The Road to Woodbury, an innocent traveler named Lilly Caul wound up in the terrifying thrall of Phillip Blake’s twisted, violent dictatorship within Woodbury’s ever tightening barricades.
And now, in The Fall of the Governor, the Governor’s complex story continues in a tour de force of action and horror. Iconic characters from the comic book, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, finally make their entrance onto this nightmarish stage, and fans of The Walking Dead will see these characters in a whole new light.
Well folks, I had to take a night off from horror movies (I know, I know), but I thought I would post a book review instead. Seriously, all that TV is going to rot my brain. Actually, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and have a couple of book reviews that I need to get up soon. So, here you will have one.
Let’s get to it. ‘The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor’ is the first half of the last two books that explain the ending of potentially both The Governor and maybe even Woodbury itself. This book pulls the last two books into the mix with the comic and the television series by interacting with Rick Grimes, Glenn, and Michonne.
Yes, we did get to know Lilly Caul more as well as Martinez and Bob. The Governor’s role was pretty much word for word out of the comic. We were not given the opportunity to learn anything additional about our favorite survivors (Rick, Michonne, and Genn. Sorry ladies, no Daryl). This book just felt flat and unfinished to me. I have to wonder if the problem is that the final book was divided into two parts. It was just really hard to read about the same ending that I have seen twice before (albeit differently), but how much can any reader be expected to care when the subject is so familiar as to water down the book?
I guess I would have felt different if the book would have closed relationships or explained rivalries. There are so many other ways this book could have been written to further describe the apocalyptical world that the book itself is rather disappointing. It feels incomplete and not an entertaining read at all.
Fanatical fans of the show may love the book, but I can’t really recommend this book. It’s not fun and doesn’t give any of us really anything new to go with.
Have you read the series up to this point? What did you think?