The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch

Volume Two, Empire Decayed

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A murdered teen is resurrected to walk the earth for more than a century in the second and final book in the sweeping epic that Entertainment Weekly called "utterly riveting."

Zebulon Finch has faced more violence, lust, and heartbreak than any other seventeen-year-old in history. But nothing can prepare him for what is coming next.

Half a century has passed since Zebulon Finch was gunned down and then inexplicably resurrected to experience a second life. Picking up his tale where he left off, Zebulon heads to Nazi Germany on a top-secret mission. From there he escapes to the shiny new world of the suburbs--a tidy neighborhood hiding dark secrets. He will exchange the pains of this world for what he believes will be peace among the stars. He will march for social change all the way to Woodstock, go raving mad in the desert, and finally exit from humanity the only way he knows how. We first met Zebulon sealed in a tomb beneath the World Trade Center--might he yet crawl from the rubble to discover a different America?

Enthralling and gut-wrenching, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two: Empire Decayed is the conclusion to the epic saga of one young man's journey down the long road to redemption.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481411424
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Kraus
Characteristics: 771 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Empire decayed

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Dec 31, 2016

It's tough to recommend books from this author, not because they are bad, but because they are full of a lot of pain, gore, and disturbing situations. Like with the first book of this series I can't really say that I loved this book, yet I got to the point where I just couldn't put it down. At first I was turned off by what I believed a change in the writing style that was just too maddening at times. Thankfully it delved back into familiar territory after moving past the attempt on Hitler's life and I breezed through the rest of the book. Zebulon is developed even further in this volume and I was greatly moved by some of his trials and tribulations (especially with his time spent in the suburbs). There is some rather breathtaking writing in this book and I wished that I had my own copy so I could highlight my favorite bits. I totally got the impact of Zebulon's experiences and relationships on his psyche and felt a fondness for this faulted character who really is the antagonist of his own tale in many ways. I know this book (and the one before it) won't be for everyone, but I'm very glad I stuck with it to the end. I encourage anyone interested to not be put off by the horrible things described and to see the beauty of this story in all its forms.

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