As always I want to start by saying that I was given an ARC of this to review. My review is honest and left voluntarily.
We Will Rise has the staples of Waggoner’s story telling with a narrative that will appeal to anyone who loves horror greats such as The Walking Dead, Day of the Dead or Evil Dead Army of Darkness. Fair warning this contains a lot of gore but with a hint of dark humour to even things out.
Across the world the dead are reappearing, some as ghosts, some invisible, some as walking corpses. In Echo Hill, Ohio a group of survivors end up coming together to try and escape the vengeful dead and escape the town. But each is plagued by their own haunting and even if they make it will they still be sane?
The premises already had me interested but Waggoner’s storytelling and style manages to bring it to life (pun intend) in a way that makes this an addictive read. From the first few pages I was hooked. With a cross section of interesting characters each trying to survive the onslaught of a vengeful undead. It’s unnerving at times, unsettling and visceral. Everything you could want from a good horror book.
As always the characters are fleshed out, each with their own flaws and strengths. It might just be me but not all of them were likable either but I felt this made it all the more believable. I will definitely be re-reading this when it is spooky season arrives. A must read for horror fans who love guts and gore but more than that who love to explore the human psyche in times of unspeakable horror.
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