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Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel

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A classic romance, suspense thriller, rip-roaring adventure, and macabre comedy all at once, Dearly, Departed redefines the concept of undying love.
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the mores of an antique era. Sixteen-year-old Nora Dearly is far more interested in her country’s political unrest than in silly debutante balls. But the death of her beloved parents leaves Nora at the mercy of a social-climbing aunt who plans to marry off her niece for money. To Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses. Now she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting a fatal virus that raises the dead. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and thoroughly deceased. But like the rest of his special undead unit, Bram has been enabled by luck and modern science 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.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lia Habel's Dearly, Beloved.
“Heart-pounding . . . Nora and Bram’s touching and tender relationship, with its emphasis on equality and living in the moment, feels particularly special.”—Publishers Weekly
“Absolutely spellbinding . . . full of ingenious inventions and dynamic characters.”—RT Book Reviews
“A zombie romance? You bet.”—Library Journal

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 19, 2011 – Centuries after a series of catastrophes destroys much of the planet, two human civilizations based on two loose 21st-century interpretations of Victorian England thrive in South America. When 16-year-old New Victorian Nora Dearly is kidnapped by zombies, she is rescued by a company of the undead, led by Bram Griswold, a Punk soldier suffering from a disease called the Lazarus syndrome that reanimated him after his death and will soon kill him for good. First-time author Habel shifts smoothly among the first-person perspectives of several characters, and as the attraction between Nora and Bram grows, they battle an outbreak of the virus and contend with a conspiracy that involves Nora s late father, who had devastating secrets of his own. Though weighed down in places by cluttered exposition and a meandering plot, Habel s debut is a heart-pounding and nontraditional take on the steampunk and zombie apocalypse genres. Nora and her friend Pamela are strong, capable heroines, and Nora and Bram s touching and tender relationship, with its emphasis on equality and living in the moment, feels particularly special. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews


i really want to read this book it looks really good

An amazing book! <3

I honestly loved this book! There's flaws in it, I'll admit that, but I was sold the moment Bram appeared. He's got that gentlemen attitude that all girls wishes their boyfriend possesses and more. Did I mention he's a captain with a hot uniform?? He's charming and intelligent, and he look after the welfare of others. I love his banters with Nora. The only that bugged me was the fact that the book was written from five people's point of view. I would have been happy if it was just from Nora or both Nora and Bram. Also, there were way to many characters and informations for your brain to register in my opinion. But it might be just me because I read fast and skim sometimes. Still, it was a good read filled with excitement and good romance! I love how the characters turns into heroes and it makes you want to find out what happens in the end!

My favorite book!!!

This is my favorite. I love how it's told through so many points of view. I can't believe this is her first book. She is truly amazing and I can't wait for the next one!!!!

Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel
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  • Category: Horror, Monsters & Ghosts
  • Published: Oct 18, 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
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