Stormtrooper Terry

Stormtrooper Terry

Monday, July 13, 2015

Goodreads Book Review - The Walking Dead: Descent

The Walking Dead: DescentThe Walking Dead: Descent by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The fifth book in this series, this is the first to be credited as written solely by Jay Bonansinga without Robert Kirkman co-writing (he's listed only as "created by"); sadly, the difference in quality without Kirkman is glaring. Don't get me wrong, all the zombie violence you'd expect from a Walking Dead novel is there, as well as the usual living-on-living violence as well. The problem sets in when you look at the characters themselves. They lack the emotional depth and character growth Kirkman is so good at. Character arcs come and go, people switch sides, all in a blur without any real explanation. Plenty of things in the plot happen too conveniently, as well, like a character suddenly being claustrophobic when in at least two prior books it had never been mentioned. Don't get me wrong, it's still an entertaining enough zombie tale, but it lacks that Kirkman spark. There's another book coming out in October, apparently. I'll need to give some real thought as to whether or not I'm still interested between now and then.


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