Wanderers: A Novel (Hardcover)

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From Chuck's editor:

"Chuck Wendig has created the book of 2019—and not only because this book is getting the kind of early buzz that hints that it will be shaping the conversation all year. It’s the book of our moment. Set in an eerily familiar contemporary America, it begins with a mysterious sleepwalking epidemic: One day, about a thousand Americans wake up and begin walking together across the country, towards some unknown destination. It’s all at once a post-apocalyptic epic, an unputdownable thriller, and an intimate family drama, but it also examines the state of American life and politics with empathy and humanity. I’ve always loved Chuck’s work, but with Wanderers, this master craftsman has created his masterpiece."

To say I can't wait for this book is an incredible understatement! 

— Kirsten H.

Description


A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes an astonishing tapestry of humanity that Harlan Coben calls “a suspenseful, twisty, satisfying, surprising, thought-provoking epic.”

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 milita 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.

Advance praise for Wanderers

“Chuck Wendig’s latest Wanderers is a magnum opus of both storytelling and prose. Epic in scope, yet told with an intimacy that hooked me from the first page. It reminded me of a technological version of Stephen King’s The Stand—but dare I say, this story is even better: a post-apocalyptic horror story that bares the best and worst of humanity in all its rawest forms. Don’t miss this tour de force. It left me awed.”—James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crucible 

Wanderers is a stunning epic that deftly weaves together a deadly pandemic, ideological violence, and environmental collapse in a way that feels both fantastically mysterious and very frighteningly plausible. Wendig’s tale brims with the irresistible dread of The Stand and prose as sharp and heartbreaking as Station Eleven, but what sets this book apart and will keep you riveted until the end is its deeply compelling cast of characters—courageous, terrified, flawed, but most of all, full of hope. Simply put, Wanderers is a masterpiece.”—Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

About the Author


Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and Zer0es/Invasive, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and an alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and he served as the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. He is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds, and books about writing such as Damn Fine Story. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.

Praise For…


Wanderers is wonderful—a suspenseful, twisty, satisfying, surprising, thought-provoking epic of a novel. Chuck Wendig has taken his considerable talents to the next level. Dig in.”—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away

“Chuck Wendig’s latest Wanderers is a magnum opus of both storytelling and prose. Epic in scope, yet told with an intimacy that hooked me from the first page. It reminded me of a technological version of Stephen King’s The Stand—but dare I say, this story is even better: a post-apocalyptic horror story that bares the best and worst of humanity in all its rawest forms. Don’t miss this tour de force. It left me awed.”—James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crucible 

Wanderers is a stunning epic that deftly weaves together a deadly pandemic, ideological violence, and environmental collapse in a way that feels both fantastically mysterious and very frighteningly plausible. Wendig’s tale brims with the irresistible dread of The Stand and prose as sharp and heartbreaking as Station Eleven, but what sets this book apart and will keep you riveted until the end is its deeply compelling cast of characters—courageous, terrified, flawed, but most of all, full of hope. Simply put, Wanderers is a masterpiece.”—Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

“Brilliant, incisive, inventive, true, and as painful as the punch that pops out a blackened tooth, Wanderers is as much a warning as it is a paean to hope and redemption. With this book, Chuck Wendig proves he's the next Stephen King. Trust me: You're not ready for this book.”—Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma

“Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers is an utterly brilliant and frighteningly plausible look at the way the world might end. Wendig writes a thrill of a story full of fascinating science built around a heart of powerful characters. I was hooked from the beginning and loved the entire thing.”—Kat Howard, Alex Award–winning author of An Unkindness of Magicians
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399182105
ISBN-10: 0399182101
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019
Pages: 800