New York Times bestseller
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The highly anticipated debut novel from Norman Reedus, acclaimed star of The Walking Dead
“This country wasn’t built on good—only fought for with good intentions.”
Jack’s dying mother told him, “Run and never look back.” He spent his life amassing wealth, but after losing his family, he has no one to share it with. Alone with his demons and a backpack, he heads to South America, where people with nothing teach him what matters.
After thrashing his dog-abusing boss, Hunter learns of his father’s death in a mysterious fire. Biker buddies Nugget and Itch ride with him from North Carolina to California. Stories from his father’s life help ease the struggles of small-town Americans. Hunter discovers a secret past.
Seventeen-year-old Anne flees Tennessee after her older brother attacks her. She whacks him with a skillet and hops a freight to Alabama with her best friend. Living hand to mouth, they build friendships, uncovering something they never had: family.
The Ravaged is a fast-paced, up-in-your-face novel of gritty realism, exploring three different personal quests with eerily parallel outcomes.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The debut novel from The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus echoes some of that show’s visceral action and itinerant souls. The Ravaged follows three lead characters who are each on a personal quest of some kind, as well as carrying the sharp sting of trauma with them. Iraq War veteran Hunter skips out on his job as a motorbike mechanic, while runaway teen Anne and newly unmoored Jack are also making their way across a gritty cross-section of the American landscape. Several characters name-check On the Road—a clear inspiration for this outcast travelogue—and Reedus narrates the trio’s individual journeys with quiet sureness.