Series: Something Strange and Deadly
Published by HarperTeen on July 24, 2012
Genres: Historical, Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult, Zombie
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Also in this series: A Darkness Strange and Lovely, Strange and Ever After
Also by this author: A Darkness Strange and Lovely, Strange and Ever After
1876 Philadelphia. The dead are rising. A zombie delivers a letter from her missing brother to narrator Eleanor Fitt. Whoever controls the army has Elijah. With Spirit Hunters, inventors Daniel, Joseph, and martial arts expert girl Jie, Eleanor seeks to save both her family and her city.
Oh, how I love me some zombie novels, and this one is even better because it takes place in the early years of the US.
Eleanor is exactly the sort of person that I think I would have been in that time period. She isn’t the type to sit around and let others tell her what to do. She asks questions, and seeks the truth. She doesn’t show fear when obstacles are put in front of her.
There’s action and a bit of romance wrapped up in this novel. Eleanor and the spirit hunters are trying to find a way to stop the zombies for good, especially when there are rabid zombies among the group that move faster than thought possible. I love the mix of science and magic. It makes the events seem sort of whimsical even though zombies are scary-ish.
I’m glad the romance didn’t overpower the plot. There are sublte hints at flirtation, but the story still stands on trying to figure out the zombie problem, and finding Eleanor’s brother.
I loved everything about this book, and can’t wait to continue this series!