Review: Wayward by Chuck Wendig

Series: Wanderers #2
Author: Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Released: November 15, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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Book Summary:

Five years ago, the world changed. Some people fell victim to what appeared to be a sleepwalking sickness. Others followed the walkers in hopes of protecting loved ones from the world they could no longer see.

As it turns out, this was a sign that the world as we know it was ending. Now, the survivors are trying to rebuild society, but it will require careful work. This will prove challenging, as there is still quite a lot of cruelty in the world.

My Review:

Wow. Chuck Wendig sure has a way with words, doesn’t he? I’ll be honest; I never expected a sequel to Wanderers, though now I question why. Wayward felt inevitable – a follow-up that we’ve all been waiting for.

As one might imagine, this is quite a heavy read. Both literally and figuratively. The book is MASSIVE, yet I can’t think of a single section I would have cut out, given a chance. Much of the story feels painfully relevant, so I can see why people have latched onto this series so strongly.

As with the first novel, Wayward is made up of several perspectives. This helps to give us a better view of the world. It also reminds us of the diversity among people – even a limited number of survivors. I liked that little implication.


  • Science Fiction + Horror
  • Post Apocalyptic
  • Dystopian
  • Rebuilding Society

Thanks to Del Rey Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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