Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
My rating: 4 of 5
Published: October 18,2011
Publisher: Ballantine/Del Ray/Random House
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Age Rating: I would rate this for Teen and Young Adult Readers
Love can never die.
Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.
But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.
This book was a great read. It was such a great mix of steampunk with a modern Victorian mix all in one. I loved the old technology mixed with the new updates to it. It was amazing to me the way the author was able to bring the Victorian era into the modern world. This was defintely a new take on a zombie read. Eventhough the primary focus of the book was the zombie aspect I couldn't help but love all the extras you got like the relationships between Nora & Bram and the fierce friendship of Pam & Nora. I think the relationship between Nora and Bram was so great because it showed how differences are ok and able to be overcome if you are willinging to try. I loved that Nora was such a good true friend to Pam and it made her stronger because of it. Pam really came into her own as the story went on. I read this book thinking about how much the world could change but people really can adapt to change and become more comfortable with it. I would love to read the next book in this series and encourage other readers to do so. This book has it all love,suspense,complex relationships and it makes you want to know what happens next.