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"I was buried alive." ~Bram
Bram is stuck in a mining shaft elevator, in the very place that he was so thankful to have found work so he could support his mom and sister. Bram's best-friend Jack, is lying beside him bloody and broken after a massive cave in... *TEARS*
The year is 2193, and Bram is recounting the days events on a digital camera for anyone who may find it one day, and it's HEARTBREAKING! This is the first three pages people!
We're immediately drawn into the beauty of an antique Victorian-type futuristic setting. Seriously, I don;t know how else to explain it. Lia Habel has written a GORGEOUS world... I'm jealous, I want to live there! The dresses, the cars... or "carriages" (which is a very sleek, awesome ride), the gadgets...
The ENTIRE world and imagery created by Lia Habel was nothing short of absolutely amazing, I've never read anything like it!
Now, Dearly Departed is told in first person POV- but from SEVERAL different perspectives, told in alternating chapters. Don't let this deter you- because it is NOT confusing at all, and I totally loved seeing everything from so many different perspectives!
Bram is literally- SUPER to die for sweet and you can't help but fall for him- ZOMBIE or not! Seriously, I dare you to read this book and NOT love Bram!
Steampunk/Futuristic mixed with the old-time Victorian is nothing short of awesome. Throw in a war, kick butt characters, romance AND zombies??? You've got yourself a winner in Dearly Departed!
Nora Dearly is one of the high society girls, but she likes expressing her own opinions. She also dreams of someday joining the army, and get into the frontlines of the battle between New Victoria and the Punks. She keeps this a secret, because it is not proper for a New Victorian girl. This all changes when she is kidnapped by an army of zombies, to prevent the evil zombies from getting to her first. This is where she meets Captain Bram Griswold, her zombie savior. Defying all that normal, Dearly Departed takes zombies and romance to a completely new place.
I have to say I loved Dearly Departed, because it is just unique. While there are the traditional zombies that crave human flesh, and there are also the zombies who maintain their personalities, and thoughts. These zombies make up the group that saves Nora, and their captain is Bram Griswold. There are so many fun characters in Dearly, Departed. Throughout the novel, each chapter is labeled by the character that is currently providing the viewpoint. There are several characters that allow us to experience their viewpoint in Dearly, Departed.Read more ›
The whole idea of mixing together so many cool elements was genius on Lia Habel's part! She incorporated cool futuristic technology with the walking dead and poofy dresses perfectly. There was something about how she built her world that made me want to live there but not at the same time.
I'll admit that Dearly, Departed started off a little slow for me, but once the action picked up, I'm so glad I stuck with it! I adored Nora and Bram with all my heart, and how sweet and "awww!"-worthy their romance was. And even though five different first-person narratives seemed like too much at times, it helped to fill in the gaps and I really loved seeing Nora through Bram's eyes -- so sweet!
PLUS: The zombies weren't all evil. Loved them!
Overall, Dearly, Departed was a great edition to the zombie, dystopian, and Victorian era genres! It was cool and original and had some absolutely HILARIOUS one-liners at the most surprising times. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
BUY or BORROW?: Gorgeous cover + original story + a kick-butt heroine with a gun = a book you totally want to have on your shelf! ;)
First let me get through the teeny-tiny negatives I had about the book, and that was mostly the history lessons we had to have, it is pretty necessary but at times I got a little lost with all the info. It wasn't necessarily info dumping, but it was still a LOT to take in! There's so much history we need to learn and why things are the way they are.
It's the year 2195 and a lot has happened. One thing I found interesting was that some of the people, particularly the group we focus with, Nora and her friends and family, all live in a Victorian way of life. In fact they live in New Victoria. It was kind of odd, in a unique sort of way to see the future being modeled in the form of the past! Plus there was still all this new technology and other gizmos that they still had, so at times I found myself chuckling a bit, just because I would forget that this was a dystopian novel, it combines a futuristic and past-like feeling that was truly extraordinary!
This was a very entertaining zombie novel, not having read too many. There are two sets of zombies, one is our traditional BRAIIIIIIIIIINNNNSS, stumbling about on disjointed limbs and eyeballs falling out of sockets--if they're still there that is! And then we have the zombies who are like Bram, who still have sense--is the best way to explain it. They act like normal human beings, with the obvious differences in appearances and appetites.
The storyline goes that Nora is kidnapped by the good zombies in order to protect her, there are big reasons why but I won't get into that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A post apocalypse zombie war romance? Yep. Told from several perspectives but in a way as not to be chaotic and choppy. Once it got going a fast paced page turner.Published 7 months ago by R. Johnson
Zombie HOTNESS!!!! LOL Totally addictive!!! Touching tender funny spellbinding & sexy Love Nora and Bram!!!! Love this author Lia Habel ROCKS!!!Published 8 months ago by Chanell Renea
Arrived in excellent condition. An amazing read for all those looking for a different kind of romance story.Published 8 months ago by Isabella
Loved, loved, loved this one. It was a bit different than your typical zombie type story. I loved all the characters including the secondary ones. Can't wait to read the second. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tammy VanScoy
I absolutely loved this book! I felt as though it was original and very well-written. I feel as though many times YA novels are 'dumbed down', but this book did not feel that way. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rachel D. Moore
I loved the concept of the play and the setting. Anything Victorian Era is a bonus for me when it comes to books. The charicters were awesome to and I liked their development. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Maddie
Steampunk meets zombies.
Sounds interesting right?
You have two types of zombies, the evil ones and the good ones. Read more
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