Thursday, 9 February 2012

TEEN: Dearly Departed - Lia Habel

Release Date: 29/09/11


This is a pacy, bloodthirsty, hugely entertaining teen zombie novel with an unconventional but tender love story at its heart. From the ruins of a cataclysmic ice-age a new society has emerged, based on Victorian customs. Nora Dearly, a feisty teenage girl and apparent orphan, leaves her exclusive boarding school for the holidays to return home - only to be dragged into the night by the living dead. Luckily for her, this particular crack unit of zombies are good guys - sent to protect her from the real nasties roaming the countryside and zeroing in on major cities to swell their ranks. Nora must find a way to defeat the evil undead with help from Bram, a noble, sweet and surprisingly hot zombie boy for whom she starts to fall...


As they say Steampunk is the new fantasy genre, so when an author blends the embellishments of the Victorian period alongside a futuristic look and adds zombies to the mix, it’s enough to get me running to the shelves to grab a copy. What this tale does well is the characters, they’re fresh (depending if they’re living or dead. LOL) they have great depth and the way in which the tale develops has a very organic feel to it.

It’s cleverly done and if you forgive the many errors within and concentrate on the overall arc it’s a tale that is immensely satisfying. Add to this a decent understanding of pace, some clever twists and a clear idea where it’s going and it was crackingly done. However if you have problems with world-building or convoluted points then this really won’t be a book for you. Overall a great piece of fun provided you don’t take it too seriously.

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