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Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

October 10, 2011 - Amy Phelps
In a future society modeled after Victorian times, a young girl learns her beloved father may not be dead and finds romance with an undead soldier in "Dearly, Departed" by Lia Habel.

Nora Dearly lives a charmed life of high society though she maintains an interest in "unladylike" things such as news on the country's political unrest against the "Punks" a group of people who don't want to live under survailance of data chips. When Nora returns home from school to find her aunt has squandered the family fortune, she is furious, until the day she kidnapped by a group of soldiers who aren't exactly living anymore. It turns out her scientist father may have helped bring unlife to these people, a mixture of Victorian and Punks alike, who have retained their memories for at least a few more years. But all must eventually succumb to "The Laz" and become mindless monsters again. As life among the soldiers causes Nora to question everything she believes in, she also finds herself drawn to Bram, a young soldier. But is their love doomed? Will war take away everything she holds dear? And will the mindless dead destroy her whole world?

This is a gothic romance with a neat new twist on the zombie genre. Teens and adults alike will enjoy Nora's possibly doomed love and getting a glimpse into her strange future.

"Dearly, Departed" is published by Ballantine Books. It is $16.99 and is 467 pages long.


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