By now most of you have heard of “The Walking Dead”, if you haven’t I suggest you start with the comic books, then read “The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor” and then watch the TV show. If reading isn’t your thing, then just watch the TV show, but don’t miss this series. “The Walking Dead” TV show has been getting great reviews since it first aired back in 2010. It strays from the path of the comic books a little bit, but it’s still the same core characters and same overall story lines. I’ve been a huge fan of the books for a few years now (I got into them late) and the TV show just made me even more of a fan. I’m glad they strayed slightly from the books so that I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen each week, that would have been boring. However, I would have been extremely disappointed if they didn’t bring two of my favorite characters to the show, and it looks like that’s going to happen in season 3.
I don’t want to ruin any of season 2 so I won’t mention the other character, but if you’ve heard the rumblings then you know that the character known as “The Governor” has been cast and will be appearing in season 3. The Governor is a sadistic psychopath that leads a community of people clinging to almost no hope. We don’t learn much about The Governor’s backstory in the comic books so Robert Kirkman teamed up with Jay Bonansinga to give us the backstory in the form of a novel. “The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor” is an actual novel, not a comic book, and follows Philip Blake’s descent into madness as he begins to realize what it takes to survive in the a world overrun by the living dead. Accompanied by his brother Brian, his daughter Penny and their friend Nick, Philip does what he has in order to keep the group safe in a world that’s gone to hell.
I know I’m a little late to this review since the book came out a few months ago, but I only just had time yesterday to sit down and finish the last 100, or so, pages. I’m not a big reader, in terms of novels, as I’m more of a visual person so comic books and movies suit me much better, but once I finished this book I questioned why it took me so long to do so. The book is only 300 pages long and I pushed through the first 100 pages in a couple days, but after that I couldn’t find time to sit down and continue, until last week. I finally managed to sit down yesterday and finish the final 100 pages and I can honestly say it is a great book. If you’re looking for some incite into The Governor and what lead to become the character you know from the comic books, and will meet in the TV show, then this is a great supplement. And do yourself a favor, sit down and actually read the book in a reasonable amount of time. Don’t stretch it out over the course of 3 months like I did… I don’t know that I’ll be reading another book for a little while, but I’m happy knowing that I got this one finished. It’s always my fear that when I buy a book It’ll just end up sitting on the shelf not getting read, but I’m truly glad that I finished this one.