By Susan Dennard
Young Adult Steampunk
Edition Read: Hardcover
The year is 1876, and there's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia...
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper-
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.
And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor... from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she'll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protected the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
MY OVERVIEW: Yes, this book is steampunk, but it is steampunk-light. And as far as zombies... I honestly wouldn't classify it as a zombie book. Yes, there are walking dead, but it just had a different feel than most zombie books.
PROS: I really enjoyed seeing the progression Daniel took through the book. You could tell by the way he talked to Eleanor that he did not like her when they first met, then as the book progressed, his attitude changed to one of respect (while still picking on her), and then to love.
CONS: I didn't like how the two love interests were both abusive in their own ways. Clarence had hurt her physically and Daniel, verbally. I also did not like her mother. What a horrible person. However, I do have to admit that this is probably how a lot of the women were back in this time. I am so glad things have changed.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: What was happening with Elijah was not a surprise at all. I really saw it coming through the book. I am just surprised that the Spirit-Hunters were that blind to it. I highly recommend this book. Even if you are not a fan of steampunk - you should at least give it a try. I cannot wait for the next one!