One Last Excerpt that Says it All
Just as I was a dissenter on The Road, seeing in it far more optimism that others did, so too with The Angels are the Reapers in some ways it's a positively perky little zombie apocalyse:
[Alden Bell responding] What I enjoyed most about writing the book – and what I hope readers will enjoy most about it – is the sense of unfailing optimism about the world, no matter how miserable and blighted it seems to be. The book is tragic in all the ways you might expect, of course, but there’s an underlying hope that feels like it triumphs by the end. I like that. I’m a sucker for the bittersweet ending.