This amazing first novel by Lia Habel takes all the steampunk and zombie stereotypes and turns them on their head. Nora is a young New Victoria miss whose interests should be sewing and marriage, but who secretly loves to watch war documentaries. Her ordered existence comes crashing down when she is attacked by a horde of seemingly animated dead only to be rescued by a military team of equally undead soldiers. Nora’s attempted kidnapping reveals a military cover-up, biological secret and hidden agenda that threatens the very existence of the living. But love is not black or white and as Nora finds herself attracted to her undead rescuer the line between living and undead becomes blurred. Packed with action, thrills, chills and the right splash of romance ‘Dearly, Departed’ is one of the best novels I’ve read this year – can’t wait for the next volume.
Recommended for Readers of:
Gail Carriger, Cherie Priest, Cassandra Clare, Philip Reeve