Publisher: Del Rey Books
Series: Gone with the Respiration #1
Rating: 4.8 stars
Nora is just like any teen girl... except that she's an orphan in New Victoria, a futuristic country reminiscent of the original Victorian Era. Her job is to better her status in society, and to be a proper young lady, but that is tossed out the window when she's kidnapped. By zombies. Luckily, these zombies are the good guys, but there are other not so good zombies out there, too. The only thing the two groups have in common is they both suffer from the Laz, the disease that transforms humans into the undead. It's spreading rapidly, and the entire nation is on the brink of war, as Nora learns more about the zombie world, and Bram, her undead savior. Even though he isn't technically alive, they begin to develop feelings for each other, but there's no guarantees that either will survive.
I have never read a book like this, and I mean that in a good way! Dearly, Departed is a combination of historical fiction, science fiction (dystopia), zombies, and romance. Who knew that those ingredients would make for an absolutely amazing novel? Parts of this book are so utterly suspenseful and gripping, and they intermingle flawlessly with the romantic aspect. Bram may be a zombie, but that doesn't stop him from being completely dreamy and, well, perfect. And Nora and Bram's love is done in a way so that it isn't in your face, but it still has the sizzle to make it work. Furthermore, Dearly is funny, too; some parts will have you chuckling out loud. Habel's writing is just incredible and she keeps the reader hooked with five different POVs, which is no easy feat.
So how could I have not given this book five stars? Well, Nora and Pam, her best friend (who also has chapters from her point-of-view), seem to practically switch voices after the first few chapters. Pam becomes more kickass, while Nora seemed to become less so. Also, Habel has a habit of switching from past tense to present in a way that is not grammatically incorrect (you'll understand when you read it), but interrupts the flow a bit. These two little things, however, didn't keep this book from being completely amazing! I didn't want Dearly, Departed to end, and I can't wait for Dearly, Beloved.
A Quote from the Book: "Vampires are just zombies with good PR!"
This was my first steampunk book and I loved it! Do you like this genre?