The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two

Empire Decayed

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two

(Book #2 of Zebulon Finch)
For Ages: 14 and up
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.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 784 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481411424 | 
  • October 2016 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
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The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two:

Empire Decayed

By Daniel Kraus

About the Book

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 2: Empire Decayed completes Daniel Kraus’s two-volume epic saga about the extraordinary journey of seventeen-year-old Zebulon Finch, an enigmatic antihero who plays by his own rules.

After being murdered and mysteriously resurrected in 1896, Finch embarked on a search for redemption. But despite having endured a deathless life for half a century, nothing can prepare him for what is coming next.

As a symbol of the dehumanization that decays the heart, mind, and soul of humanity, Finch makes his way through the violence and violations of morally corrupt societies, facing a struggling humanity’s cruelest tendencies. After witnessing atrocities in Nazi Germany, he finds solace in the Montana wilderness, which then unexpectedly propels him into Midwestern suburban life. It is the 1950s. All is not what it seems. In a continued series of unpredictable scenarios and consistent struggles marked by failure, he dabbles in space exploration, and then lends himself to student protests and freedom marches until he crumbles into complete moral decay in the Arizona desert, only to endure bizarre abuses in a mental hospital.

Morally flawed himself, a complexity of contradictions, inconsistencies, and ambigui see more

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About the Author

Daniel Kraus
Photograph by Suzanne Plunkett

Daniel Kraus

Daniel Kraus is the acclaimed author of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire; The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two: Empire Decayed; The Monster Variations; Rotter; and Scowler. With filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, he wrote Trollhunters. A writer, an editor, and a filmmaker, Daniel lives with his wife in Chicago. Visit him at DanielKraus.com.

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