The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury is the second installment to a novel trilogy inspired by Robert Kirkman's highly successful graphic novel series and television phenomena by the same title. This sequel to Rise of the Governor follows a fan-favorite character named Lilly Caul, giving her backstory and developing her character up to the point of her infamous actions in the graphic novel series. While Rick and other central characters to the source material are not present, the story does tie in several characters that both fans of the comics and the show will recognize and appreciate.
Woodbury, Georgia is a pleasant, little town amidst an utterly horrific post-apocalyptic world. In fact, it seems nearly untouched by the terror outside its walls. The people are happy and living in peace, led by an apparently kind and wise Philip Baker, who refers to himself as The Governor. There is a constant bounty of supplies and provisions. This is, by all accounts, a sort of Utopia, and it is exactly what Lilly needs after all she's been through. But as she becomes more acquainted with the town, she realizes it may not be as perfect as she first thought. The Governor's ideas of law and order have a bit of a twist to them – a sick twist, that is – and there are dark secrets hidden deep within the town that make it just as much of a nightmare as the outside world. Confronted with these realities, Lilly and a band of rebels set out to bring down The Governor, but will this fix things or only make them worse?
Kirkman is the celebrated author of such graphic novel series as The Walking Dead, Invincible, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and Haunt. He is the founder of Skybound, an imprint of Image Comics, and is an executive producer and co-writer on The Walking Dead television series.
The first book explained how the Governor was created; this
thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller
further reveals his ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury.
The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of
Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the
mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments
and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral
hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good
Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury,
At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters
barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade
expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed
leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to
suspect that all is not as it seems. Blake, who has recently begun to call
himself the Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order.
Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora’s
box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge the Governor’s reign … and the road to Woodbury becomes
the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay
Bonansinga’s New York Times
bestseller, Rise of the Governor.
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