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The World Without Crows

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  121 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
In 1990, the world ended. A disease turned people into walking shells of themselves. Zombies. Most of them were harmless, but some were broken by the pressure of the disease. The cracked became ravenous killers whose bite infected.

To escape the apocalypse, Eric, a young, overweight boy of 16, sets off on a journey across the United States. His plan is to hike from Ohio to
Kindle Edition, 403 pages
Published May 16th 2017
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Ashley Eidler
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
{This review first appeared on my blog.}

I love me some good zombie fiction, and The World Without Crows delivers atmosphere in spades. It’s gritty and gory and carries that feeling of grim desperation that defines the genre. Bedard doesn’t shy away from describing the myriad gruesome events that our cast of characters encounter.

Unfortunately, that attention to detail didn’t extend to the characters themselves. Our hero, Eric, is exactly the kind of protagonist I love rooting for. He’s determined
Roxie Prince
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

'The World Without Crows' by Ben Lyle Bedard
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
Finished on July 19, 2017
FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $2.99 on Kindle | $10.99 in Paperback

In 1990 a worm from Brazil infected the world creating a unique kind of zombie. Most of them were harmless, but some people "cracked" becoming vicious killers. The real monsters, though, are the people left to survive. In 'The World Wit
Leigh Holland
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The World Without Crows by Ben Lyle Bedard, 401 pages, May 16 2017, Genre: Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

    Remember how excited we were when Hollywood started making good zombie movies and tv shows, and suddenly, we couldn’t get enough of zombies? Well, until they beat us to death with them and we were finally double tapped out on them. One morning, there we were, carrying our zombie lunchbox, wearing our zombie t-shirt, groaning at the kitch
L. S.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think the most interesting parts of zombie novels are the origin stories. Was it a virus, radiation, or an unfounded allegory to how "kids these days" spend too much time on their phone? Whatever the origin story, the point is that they're all different. That includes all the different variations of the above mentioned.

In The World Without Crows, it was a viral worm. You had regular zombies and cracked zombies...there were several tiny nuances that set these zombies apart from others. Interes
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

There are very few books that are really good I think and whenever u find one you know it right away because it sticks with you and you can't stop thinking about it thro you're day and whenever it's over u are sad it's over this is one of those I'm glad the guy that wrote it managed to get it out there and that I was able to find it I recommend this book to any one it was so good one more thing zombie books don't usually do that "Goddard make email gaff if you gonna make them cry
Bill Thibadeau
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Truly a great story by a talented author

I picked up this book while sear thing for post apocalyptic stories - my current genre during jour. I read short synopsis and thought there was potential. I ended up reading the book in two sessions.

There is a ever changing small cast of characters that come to life. There are numerous instances of the apocalypse getting the better of the characters. Sometimes they don't make it. Even characters that I thought would be one central fall to the detrimental
Eren Dooley
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Faced with the end a teen becomes a man. His hard win respect for himself makes this every bit a coming of age story as well as a fight for survival. From the very first you will be sucked in. The writing is both
engaging and moving. You will be holding your breath to discover the fate of the group that trudges through many hardships.
Elizabeth Levesque
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Bedard gives us insight into human behavior when the chips are down. The characters are gritty and real with a story line that is fast and razor sharp.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that A WORLD WITHOUT CROWS by Ben Lyle Bedard is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
C. Parent
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riveting read.

This was a long, but enjoyable read. I frequently was so wrapped up in it that I didn't want to close the book and sleep!
Leslie Benedict
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Really worth the time. Realistic portrayal. Relatable characters in a situation that hopefully will never happen. Main character was an unexpected hero and leader.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!! I enjoyed this book very much.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best!

I couldn't put this book down. That is more noteable because I have been ill and haven't felt like reading much for several months.
The story setting is about the same as other apocalyptic sagas. What makes this book different is the character development and the "realness " of the characters. By the end I felt quite satisfied, like the end of a supremely good meal.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Crows, huh?

This book is a bit different from my usual zombie books. Yes, it has zombies, but the don't play a big part in the story. This is a story of kids who are trying to make it to a place a thousand miles away, a place where they are sure they will be safe. But will they? I read this book because of the title, and because of the word zombies! I am glad that I gave this author a try, and I look forward to reading more him. I enjoyed this book, and think that you may as well.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book could not put it down.

Sad but very good writing and you feel like you are in the story

A need to read hope another one is on its way
Vigilant Reader
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title – The World Without Crows
Author – Ben Lyle Bedard
Genre – Horror, Apocalyptic
300 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 8/18/17
No. 55 – 2017

My Impressions: simple, emotional, psychological suffering, death, hope.

Main Characters:
Eric – age 16, escaping Athens, Ohio after the Vaca B epidemic, heading for the backwoods of Maine
Birdy – age 8

For those who shy away from anything supernatural, sci-fi, occult, I suggest you take a look at this apocalyptic plot. Zombies
Oct 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really don't like zombie books, so I'm not sure how I ended up with this one. Still, I had it, I liked the title, so I gave it a chance.

Though it's self-published, the writing in the first chapter was good. Finally! It's so rare for a self-published book to be good! ...and then I got to chapter two. I think all of the editing budget went into chapter one. The writing became like this:

His pack was heavy. He was tired walking, because his pack was so heavy. He took his heavy pack off. He set his
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The World Without Crows and became quite attached to the story by the end. The character development, especially Eric the main character, is more superficial than anything else. Is it an amazing book? Probably not in the great scheme of things. BUT, is it a great zombie book? I think so. It's different, it follows teenage kids trying to survive together and it's not your typical zombie read. You have more to fear of other survivors than you do zombies. I'd say if you are into this genr ...more
Minga Dotson
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A realistic look at how people might be after surviving a worldwide plague.

This is a sad yet hopeful view of refugees from a sickness that maims and kills, and the surviving humans who seem to have become just as bad. Follow a group of mostly children as they attempt a cross country trip, mostly on foot, from Ohio to an island in Maine.
Amanda  Kastner-Guzzi
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story!

I love the way this author writes. Descriptive words almost poetic in nature. Easy to follow and I thought about it through out my day,a sure sign of a good book to me. I have followed this authors blog and intend to read more of his books.
Dawn Tipton
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not your typical zombie apocalypse

I would recommend this book to young adults as well as adults. This is an incredibly well thought out story. The humanity as well as the morality in this story really puts it well above the typical zombie story.
Judith Johnson
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very different take on a zombie apolcalypse. A good story with a great ending
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I know - ANOTHER zombie book? But this one is pretty different, with a somewhat unique approach to zombies. Good read, excellent pacing, very quick read. Loved it.
Melissa Miles
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
The makings of a fine book, but barely half-baked.
Toni L.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a real good book. About survivors, zombies
and adventure. Will there be a spin off?
Elizabeth Hanks
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read

This book is a good zombie book. Gore and all. Fell in love with the characters and didn’t want it to end. Check it out!
Amanda Wussow
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe the author couldn't find a publisher! Thankfully, he self-published this amazing book so that readers could enjoy it! Please continue writing more, Mr. Bedard!
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Born in Buckfield, a rural town in the state of Maine, Ben Lyle Bedard grew up in the country. He studied at the University of Maine at Farmington. After graduating from college, he eventually moved across the country to Oregon and then California, where he studied for his Master’s Degree at Mills College, in Oakland. He moved to Buffalo for his PhD. In Buffalo he met his future wife, a Fulbright ...more
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