Friday, 10 August 2012

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

Goodreads Summary : A sharp, slick, blisteringly paced debut novel, with an unconventional but tender love story at its heart.

I parted the curtains. A skeletal face peered back at me, blackened eyes rolling in sockets seemingly unsupported by flesh. It smiled...

It should be game over for Nora Dearly when she is ambushed and dragged off into the night by the living dead. But this crack unit of teen zombies are the good guys, sent to protect Nora from the real monsters roaming the country and zeroing in on cities to swell their ranks.

Can Nora find a way to kill off the evil undead once and for all? Can she trust her protectors to resist their hunger for human flesh? And can she stop herself falling for the noble, sweet, surprisingly attractive, definitely-no-longer-breathing Bram...?

My Rating : 3.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Love can never die, of course when you love is a Zombie.

Yes, Dearly Departed is another unusual and brilliant steampunk zombie novel set in future. I love the idea of a futuristic society that has been fashioned in idealism of a Victorian society, even the name itself is New Victoria. I love Zombie apocalypse YA novel but not something cannibalistic, but bitter sweet romance with action. Dearly Departed has it all, and the story is appealed to a wide variety of readers.

Nora Dearly belongs to the high class of society with no interest in cultural events of hosting tea parties or debutante balls or getting into courtship with a rich young bachelor.
Left in mercy of her social climbing snob aunt, when Nora was mourning over her father’s death, who was indeed a notable scientist, was attack by a band of violent and ravenous zombies and rescued by a handsome young soldier Bram Griswold, who was indeed a walking corpse himself.
Soon she discovers truth behind her father’s death and his research, also she join Bram’s band of zombie who are actually personality wise quite human like with capability of retaining their memories and processing their thoughts, other than the fact they are technically dead. However Nora continues adjusting herself among the good zombies and developed feelings for Bram.

Death do us part, what if when you fallen for a dead

I loved Dearly Departed, it has a well plotted story aligned in sequence of romance, drama and action. The author has advanced the technology in future where citizens are equipped with individual ID chips upon their birth, also they carries digital diaries. Also author has included the idea of modern mentality among the people who doesn’t follow the Victorian cultures, the Punks.
The good zombie band we met in story are also well organized, they train for fight, they are intelligent, they remember how it was being a human, and they have accepted the fact that they are only bodies of flesh which are dying out day by day but they not eat human in order to survive.

Nora Dearly was excellent as the female protagonist; she is brave, strong and hot headed. Bram was extremely likable, heroic and noble; I just loved him. Yeah! You heard right, I love a zombie.
The romance was also well planned, it happened not too fast, nor too slow. Nora and Bram slowly find themselves enjoying each other’s company, and all their sweet fighting. Their feelings developed with time and grew deeper as the story progresses, which was pleasing.

I enjoyed many things in the book, especially those parts of the story told from Bram’s POV. Also I enjoyed Nora’s POV too. But having multiple POV did bother me as well. Getting to know the story from point of views of two protagonists is enjoying, three is also well accepted, but five??????? I would call that confusing. Also the book is slow, and it really took time to get into the actual story, but however the story picks up speed later, and the actions were well executed.

I did enjoy Dearly Departed, and highly recommended to fan of steampunk and zombie apocalypse.

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  1. I read this book a few months ago.. and i just couldnt get past the whole in love with a zombie.. maybe they were right vampires have better pr.. but being in love with a rotting corpse grossed me out.. dont get me wrong i finished the book just didnt really care for it.. :D

  2. I like this cover even better than the other one! I heard this was really good so I was surpised you rated it 3.5. Thorough, good review though. Keep up the good work!

    Marie @ Marie's Bookworm Blog

  3. i love zombies story i love this book :)