Series: Gone with the Respiration 1
Debut: September 29, 2011
Snuck from: Jennifer M. @ Some Like It Paranormal
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.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 29
This journey was a very exciting clash of futuristic technology and science with the old fashions and values of the Victorian age. One of my very girly points is that I love gowns and balls and courtship like it used to be -- as long as I can watch from the sidelines, 'coz I could never ever imagine myself in this kind of society. Thus, I very much enjoy reading about it, although it was only at the beginning of the story.
The story was... very good for the most part. I really liked that their zombiness was defined by how long they took to re-animate, the longer they were out the less humanity was left in them. A simple, but effective concept, especially paired with the science aspect that kept the zombies from falling to pieces and craving living food. Since the zombiness is usually declared as a virus, I think it's important to always have a science aspect to zombie stories, so I liked this. That it would be part of the military made lots of sense, too. However, I can understand if people have mixed feelings about using undead as an army, because you could give the reason they're already dead. It'd be harsh, and I'm glad it was made clear in this that soldiers, undead or not, are no cannon fodder.
The story was fairly funny, I liked all the characters a lot, especially the zombies. Having become undead clearly added a certain kind of twist to them, which I think is very understandable -- and enjoyable to read about.
As for the lead paring, Bram and Nora, I have to admire them both. Bram has great manners, and a good nature despite is rough past. And Nora is very smart, brave, compassionate and she knows her priorities. At this age, she's already the scientist, very much like her father. I think they compliment each other very well character wise, but I still have my issues with a zombie/human romance. I don't know why, bust this constellation still takes me more a bit of overcoming that I don't experience with other paranormal creatures.
All in all -- concept, story, characters --, it was good, for some more enjoyable than others, and although I admit I thought the tension wasn't heart-wrenching (maybe this would come across to the audience better in a movie), and I felt it a was rather slow at one point or another, I can still say that I would praise this book, and am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Area Scan: Style: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 5/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Humor: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 3/5 -- Fantasy: 3/5
Discovered: 4+ Hoods
Sights: Teaser Tuesday #28
Gone With the Respiration Series:
#1 Dearly, Departed | #2 Dearly, Beloved