Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved

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It is a sharp, slick sequel to zombie adventure debut "Dearly, Departed". Can the living coexist with the living dead? That's the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as "The Laz" hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their ravenous new appetites. Just ask Nora Dearly, who was nearly kidnapped by a band of sinister zombies but valiantly rescued by a dashing young man ...who was sadly no longer breathing...Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren't the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder's crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target. As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to plunge the city into full-scale war, Nora's scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of "The Laz" and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed when a mysterious zombie appears bearing an entirely new strain of the illness-and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse. Lia Habel's spellbinding, suspenseful sequel to "Dearly, Departed" takes her imaginative mash-up of period romance, futuristic thriller, and zombie drama to a whole new level of innovative and irresistible storytelling.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 136 x 199 x 31mm | 348g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552563285
  • 9780552563284
  • 433,437

Review quote

"Habel's debut is a heart-pounding and nontraditional take on the steampunk and zombie apocalypse genres. Nora and Pamela are strong, capable heroines, and Nora and Bram's touching and tender relationship... feels particularly special." Publishers Weekly "Dearly, Departed is a wonderful book, with strong writing and memorable characters. It's one of the best YA books I've read all year, and that's saying something for me. With its combination of humor, adventure, romance, and "awesome stuff," it's a book I wholeheartedly recommend. I can't wait for the sequel." -- Michael M. Jones www.tor.comshow more

About Lia Habel

Lia Habel was born into a time of unparalleled ugliness - it was called 'the Eighties'. It was horrible, but yet it brought Lia the video for Thriller by Michael Jackson, and a burning interest in zombies followed. A self-described 'zombie anthropologist', Lia has seen a lot of zombie movies. She lives in Jamestown, NY, with her three cats, Ebeneezer, ZZ and Bloody Mary.show more

Review Text

"Dearly, Departed is a wonderful book, with strong writing and memorable characters. It's one of the best YA books I've read all year, and that's saying something for me. With its combination of humor, adventure, romance, and "awesome stuff," it's a book I wholeheartedly recommend. I can't wait for the sequel."show more

Back cover copy

Can the living ever hope to live in harmony alongside the living dead? New London is on the brink of all-out war between pro-and anti-zombie zealots. Battle lines are drawn in the streets as terrorist attacks rage. Nora Dearly and her young zombie soldier Bram Griswold know they must unlock the secrets of a deadly virus, otherwise all will be lost. Can their love for one another keep them out of the crossfire? Part futuristic thriller; part period romance, part zombie apocalypse- total entertainment.show more

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1,995 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 33% (658)
4 33% (651)
3 23% (463)
2 8% (168)
1 3% (55)
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