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Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel by [Habel, Lia]
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Year 2195. Postapocalyptic survivors start rebuilding a society influenced by the Victorian era. Steam engineering, tablet computers, corsets, . . . and zombies? Nora Dearly’s world is flipped when she is kidnapped by Bram, a handsome, kind, brave zombie. Not only do zombies exist in New Victoria, but there are good ones and really bad ones—and both want Nora. As she begins to adjust and thrive in the undead army that has been working to find a cure for a deadly disease, New Victoria becomes infested, and her friends are in danger. What can a proper lady and an army of slowly rotting soldiers do to help? Habel is an ambitious author, and this is a feat of multigenre proportions. She cleverly builds her novel to appeal to multiple readers. The high stakes of the plot are what will hook them, but the characters, particularly Bram and Nora, will keep them turning pages. A successful gamble by Habel. Grades 7-10. --Bethany Fort


"A romance between a guy who will rot away in the end and a girl who knows it. Yes I can't see a future, can you? But romance will always conquer and when the book ends I still not know how it ever will work. But there are more books to come and I am intrigued." -- Serendipity Review 20121013 "Lia Habel has managed the impossible and I have to admit to having a slight (OK possibly more than slight!) crush on a zombie! The story is action packed with plenty of twists and turns that keep you gripped to the pages and I have to mention how much I loved Nora's friend Pam (just wait until you see what she can do with a parasol!). The romance is sweet and believable but is by no means the main focus of the story and you'd be missing out on a treat if you don't give it a try." -- Feeling Fictional 20110919

Product Details

  • File Size: 4941 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4XA2I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Dude, a freaking freight train could not have pulled me away from this book after the Prologue... What am I saying? After the first sentence:

"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!
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Format: Hardcover
Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel is the first in the Gone with Respiration series. The series name fits so well, it is a bit like a steampunk Gone with the Wind with zombies. In 2195, after surviving global catastrophe, the new society is located in Brazil. These survivors establish New Victoria, a society that takes on the qualities of the Victorian period. Young ladies and women must wear ankle length dresses, and those of the high society must attend private boarding schools to teach them the proper way to behave. Those who do not live within New Victoria, and do not follow the strict society structure are referred to as the Punks.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I've actually never been the biggest fan of zombies before. But when I first found out that this wasn't just any zombie book -- but one that took place in a futuristic world with Victorian era elements -- I just had to check it out. And it was nothing short of awesome! :)

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! ;)
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I was stoked to have received an ARC of Lia Habel's debut Dearly, Departed. It sounded like an incredible read! A mish-mash of dystopian and paranormal and all sorts of excitement! It didn't disappoint either!

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.
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