Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel

Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel

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Love can never die.
Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid's arrow pierce the hearts of the living "and" the dead--or rather, the "undead"? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria--a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country's political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible--until she's nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.
But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she's suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting "The Laz," a fatal virus that raises the dead--and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there's no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
In "Dearly, Departed," romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 470 pages
  • 152 x 211 x 41mm | 581g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0345523318
  • 9780345523310
  • 193,877

About Lia Habel

Lia Habel is in her twenties and lives in western New York State. She is fascinated by zombie movies and Victoriana, interests that eventually led her to write "Dearly, Departed." When she first got an agent, she was literally opening envelopes for a living. By the time the auction for "Dearly, Departed" was held, she was considering food stamps. Now that she has a book contract, she is busy working on the follow-up to "Dearly, Departed," entitled "Dearly, Beloved." Lia Habel can be found on Facebook and Myspace, and she has a blog at
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10,433 ratings
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2 8% (820)
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Reading the book description I thought it would be a sappy romance novel, but I was surprisingly happy to realize it wasnâ??t all just about romance. Thereâ??s action, adventure, romance, and even humour. Iâ??m not one to read novels about zombies, but I definitely changed my mind, after reading Dearly, Departed. Go check it out! You wonâ??t be sorry for reading this YA novel. Five stories are intricately woven with the point of views of Nora, Pamela, Bram, Wolfe and Victor. You would think it would be hard to comprehend five different story lines, but Lia writes with great pacing and tone. You get a great understanding of each of the characterâ??s personalities and thoughts. Normally when authors tend to do this, I get confused, but I wasnâ??t, which I definitely liked. Nora Dearly is a 17 year old orphan who lives in New Victoria who lives with her insufferable aunt. I love Nora Dearlyâ??s porcelain like features yet her personality is strong and courageous. She knows how to use a gun because her father Victor taught her. It makes sense he taught her how to defend her because he was in the army. Bram is such a nice dead zombie that you canâ??t help but like him a lot. His thoughts made me laugh whenâ??re his racy teenage thoughts crept up on the page. Heâ??s a zombie and still thinks of sex like any normal teenage boy! I love the scenes between Nora and Bran. Their cute flirtations make for a heavy climax. And when they tell each other how they feel well..letâ??s just say it was pretty steamy ;) Pamela Roe, of Indian heritage, average looks with black eyes and long hair the colour of chocolate is probably my favourite character. Can she get anymore kick-ass than this? Sporting her bow and arrow to kick some zombie ass just made me whoop with more
by Giselle SM
Welcome to the New Victorian era nearly two hundred years in the future. After the world descended into utter chaos following several disasters, humans migrated south to establish a new colony. They chose the Victorian era because they considered it a model of civility order and prosperity. These views are not shared by everyone and formed radical fighting groups called Punks who reject this new aristocracy. Although fighting has been going on for quite some time between the Victorians and Punks it now seems to be shifting and the fighting seems almost animalistic. Nora Dearly, daughter of the late famous Victor Dearly, is an interesting character. From the start we sense she is just waiting to burst out of this mold of a proper woman whereas her best friend, Pamela Roe, is always trying to attain it. After returning home from school, Nora is set upon by what she thinks at the time as Punks. Bram Griswold swoops in and saves the day. Nora awakes in a secret location and is informed of what is truly going on. There are "good" zombies and "bad" zombies. These so called "good" zombies like Bram and surprisingly her father, are battling the "bad" zombies for the government who want this all to be hidden from its citizens. Nora starts to digest all this information and slowly comes to terms with it. She also discovers that her father created the serum that lengthens the life of a zombie and helps them retain their humanity for some time. Victor is also working on a vaccine to the zombie virus and apparently has been kidnapped because of it. Bram is noticeably in love with Nora and will do anything to protect her. He defies all commands and knows that she will appreciate the truth given to her straight. Even though he is attracted to her, he knows to proceed slowly because what human woman would find a rotting zombie desirable. I agree with that completely but Bram had me falling in love with him. His strength and his struggle with his human side and his zombie side will have you cheering for him to overcome all the obstacles and get the girl. The adventure these two embark on is exciting! The battles, the secrets and the revelations that they discover will keep you flipping the pages. Do not start this book unless you have time to finish, you will not want to put it down. The humor injected just enhances the ambiance of this story. Dearly, Departed is told from many viewpoints and Habel effortlessly does this with chapter headings of the person whose viewpoint we are reading. I absolutely LOVED this book. The mixture of zombies, steampunk and romance made for an exhilarating read! I am not huge on the zombie genre just because there aren't too many new ideas introduced into the storyline. Dearly, Departed is NOT one of those. You will fall in love with each and every one of these characters and will cheer on Nora and her pursuit to love Bram. Highly recommend for YA, steampunk, dystopian and zombie lovers more
by Kelsey Opsahl
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