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A disease turned people into walking shells of themselves. Most of them were harmless, but some were broken by the pressure of the disease. The cracked became ravenous killers whose bite infected. To escape the apocalypse, Eric, a young, overweight boy of 16, sets off on a journey across the United States. His plan is to hike from Ohio to In , the world ended.

His plan is to hike from Ohio to an island in Maine, far from the ruins of cities, where the lake and the fierce winters will protect him from both Zombies and the gangs that roam the country. Along the way, Eric finds friends and enemies, hope and despair, love and hatred. The World Without Crows is the story of what he must become to survive. For him and the people he would come to love, the end is only the beginning. Kindle Edition , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The World Without Crows , please sign up.

What is the age range for this book? Would a 13 year old be too young?

He loved The Enemy Charlie Higson series which seems to be in a similar vein, but he is a bit squeamish. Ben Bedard I think the book is a solid PG If this 13 year old watches The Walking Dead, for example, he or she should be fine! See 1 question about The World Without Crows….

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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. May 19, Ashley Eidler rated it it was ok. Our hero, Eric, is exactly the kind of protagonist I love rooting for. His emotions were mentioned in a very matter-of-fact way, even during such traumatic experiences as having a trusted friend gunned down in front of him. In the end, the book came across like a newspaper article — a dark and fascinating article for sure, but ultimately not a tale that made my heart pound or break or soar. Jul 22, Roxie Prince rated it it was amazing.

Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. In a worm from Brazil infected the world creating a unique kind of zombie. Most of them were harmless, but some people "cracked" becoming vicious killers. The real monsters, though, are the people left to survive. In 'The World Without Crows', sixteen-year-old and overweight Eric, leaves his home in Ohio, alone, and departs on foot with a backpack and map and hopes to make his way to Maine where he believes he's going to make a safe new life in Maine.

Along the way, he meets friends, foes, and becomes the man he's meant to be. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Over the last several years, zombie stories have saturated the market hell, I've written one myself , but 'The World Without Crows' is a unique breed. The zombies are different from any other tale I've ever come across, and I thoroughly enjoyed Bedard's take on them. It was refreshing and allowed for a more character-driven story, I felt.

And that's what this was, a truly character-driven story. This is a story about humanity and what happens to us when the world falls apart. Who we become when we lose everything and everyone we hold dear. How we hold on when we have no one else but ourselves, especially when we didn't love ourselves to begin with. We watch Eric stumble through a world in which he not only feels like he's useless but one in which he really is. He, for reasons he doesn't understand, has somehow survived, and if he wants to continue to, he has to harden up.

Not just physically but in every other way. He's doughy and soft and that didn't even serve him well in a pre-apocalyptic world; it sure as hell isn't going to serve him well in this one. Slowly, as the story unfolds and he meets folks along the way, Eric learns what softness to hold onto to keep his humanity while hardening enough to survive his new reality. This book is beautifully written and masterfully told. I absolutely look forward to reading more of Bedard's work in the future. Jul 05, Leigh Holland rated it it was amazing. Review by Leigh Holland. Well, until they beat us to death with them and we were finally double tapped out on them.

One morning, there we were, carrying our zombie lunchbox, wearing our zombie t-shirt, groaning at the kitch The World Without Crows by Ben Lyle Bedard, pages, May 16 , Genre: One morning, there we were, carrying our zombie lunchbox, wearing our zombie t-shirt, groaning at the kitchen table as we slowly raised the milk-laden cereal spoon to our lips, glancing at the zombie poster on the wall.

We put ourselves on a diet, rationing our zombie intake. Prepare to feel that familiar sense of excitement again as The World Without Crows raises it from the dead. I thought I could never love a serious zombie horror novel the same way again, but this book proved me wrong. This story is about what happens to humans when there is no humanity in our world.

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We follow Eric, an overweight teenage boy who has lost his parents to the Brazilian disease, Vaca B. Vaca B caused the apocalypse, the zombie scourge. Once a D and D loving guy with friends and aspirations of kissing Jessica, after Vaca B, Eric is no longer as carefree. Since winter freezes the zombies, he decides to travel to Maine to an island.

He meets new people on his journey. Some of them are good, some are dangerous. And, of course, there are zombies. Eric must fight nature, other men, and monsters in order to survive and reach his destination. There are many characters in this tale and not all of them make it. My favorite side characters include John Martin and Birdie. Birdie is a little girl whom Eric looks after and grows to regard as dearer than his own life. Zombie horror, I thought I was over you. Aug 30, Finley rated it it was amazing Shelves: A World Without Crows is the zombie novel that the world needs.

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Rather than portraying the whole world and the only lifestyle after a zombie outbreak as some sort of ruthless resistance, and every single zombie as a mindless killing machine, Bedard chooses to take a much more relaxed and realistic approach to the end of the world. In the novel, a teenager named Eric decides that, instead of sitting around waiting to die for the Vaca B worm, he will set off to a lake in Maine that he had visited A World Without Crows is the zombie novel that the world needs.

In the novel, a teenager named Eric decides that, instead of sitting around waiting to die for the Vaca B worm, he will set off to a lake in Maine that he had visited with his father where he might be able to start anew life, and where the landscape will prevent the zombies from reaching him. As I have mentioned in other reviews, I love to see new and interesting takes on zombie stories!

Although zombies has a horror creature, or just a creature in general, are interesting to me on a creative and cryptozoological level, I have difficulty enjoying many zombie plots due to reliance on violence and the battle, rather than exploring what zombies are, or even in most cases creating unique and interesting character to follow through the battle in the first place. Rather than turning immediately to their basic instincts of kill or be killed, Eric and his friends focus on pure survival, on long-term strategy over fight-or-flight reactions, and on only killing when necessary so that they are better able to keep their empathy.

I loved the characters, and wish I could have spent more time with them or their world. We live in a violent world, and the speed at which many media heroes shed their civility only spurs it on. If we could more often look to how we would survive, thrive, and rebuild together after an end of the world scenario, rather than how we would best kill those who threaten us, we might be able to look at our current neighbors with a kinder eye, as well. Honestly, I recommend this book to anyone who has the opportunity to read it.

Although there were parts where the characters seemed saved by convenience, and some of the antagonists seemed a bit extreme at times, there were no parts that were enough to break my suspension of disbelief, and I fully believe that some people could become that horrible if civilization were to collapse on itself tomorrow.

So, if unique zombies and survival adventures are your thing, then definitely give this book a try! I enjoyed every word of it, and hope the author unleashes more of the stories he mentions holding on his hard drive in the future. Jul 13, L. I think the most interesting parts of zombie novels are the origin stories. Was it a virus, radiation, or an unfounded allegory to how "kids these days" spend too much time on their phone? Whatever the origin story, the point is that they're all different. That includes all the different variations of the above mentioned.

In The World Without Crows, it was a viral worm. You had regular zombies and cracked zombies Interes I think the most interesting parts of zombie novels are the origin stories. Interestingly enough, the zombies are merely the backdrop of the narrative. The story itself follows a young man named Eric on his quest to reach an island in Maine. While zombies are certainly a huge concern, Eric's real challenges come from the living and the self. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Lists with This Book. Dec 28, Tonya Breck rated it it was amazing Shelves: After reading the first couple of stories I decided that it was worth the price I could have gotten it cheaper if I'd have had more patience and waited. I didn't expect to like every story in the book, that rarely happens. However, I can honestly say there wasn't a story in here that I didn't like.


I'm not exaggerating when I say I laughed, I cried, and even re-read. Definitely worth the read. Aug 31, Patricia Serban rated it it was amazing Shelves: Was transported into each story and was emotionally involved with each one. I know I am looking forward to reading more from her and am truly delighted I ran into her work.

It was really thought provoking without felling like a chore to read, couldn't put the book down. Sep 06, Svala rated it it was ok. I bought the book because of the good reviews I read here. I was in the mood for short stories. Now that I finished it I have mixed feelings.

There were some stories I really enjoyed, the first one for example. But then there were a lot of stories that seemed sort of I'm not sure how to put it. I think the problem was, that some of the stories just focused their attention wrong. For example one of the stories is set in an underground moon station. But the main topic is the divorce and solitude I bought the book because of the good reviews I read here. But the main topic is the divorce and solitude of the main character. So there is nothing that hooks you, that is thrilling or surprising.