Book Review: The Walking Dead – Rise of the Governor

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 8.44.09 AMBook Review: The Walking Dead- Rise of the Governor (author by Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga)

(reviews on Goodreads)

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. 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.


As the stars indicate, I really liked this book. The other reviews are correct when pointing out that it might not be the best crafted book (Brian has two “out of body” experiences in less than three pages) nor does it bring a new twist to the genre, but it really brings in the traditions of dread, fear, and battling against hopelessness. In the Walking Dead world, the Governor is much more complicated than I had him made out to be (now I have heard about but haven’t read the comic spin-off, only basing this on the television show and the graphic novel collections). Which brings up a reoccurring theme ~ what does it take to survive? And what would you do or allow to happen to live through the night?

Marleah Augustine is the Adult Department Librarian at the Hays Public Library

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