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Dearly, Departed

Dearly, Departed - My Rating: 4.0 When I first laid my eyes upon Dearly, Departed, it was love at first sight. A gothic Victorian cover with different shades of pink, a girl with a parasol on the front cover, and a thick book unlike all those ultra thin books that come out these days that gets passed for "trilogies", I immediately bought Dearly, Departed without even looking at the book's rating or reviews. I didn't care if that was a mistake and I wasted my money on a bunch of leaves. And luckily, it wasn't a mistake at all. My first comment is Lia Habel can sure write. Dearly, Departed is a very thick 467 page book, yes, but her writing just lures you into her world and refuses to let go. Hell, I never realized that I had read one-third of the book in a single sitting until I had to go to the bathroom and just glanced at how much I've read. I love Lia Habel's world-building in Dearly, Departed. Every single thing is explained. Why the zombies exist, why everything in Nora's society is Victorian styled, the new technology, etc. And the thing is, she didn't write a cliche zombie book. No, her version of a zombie includes some zombies actually being civilized, a concept never explored in other young adult books I've read. However, there is a major flaw in her world-building though. Since the society reverted back into Victorian times where they felt everything was perfect, won't the women rebel having their freedom taken away? I know I would. After decades of women fighting for their rights and having it taken away all in one go would frustrate and anger me. However, in Dearly, Departed I see no signs of women being oppressed at all. The great thing, in my opinion, is Lia Habel keeps shoving things in my face that I never saw coming. He betrayed them? That was his agenda all along? I couldn't help gaping and be pleasantly surprised at all the twists and turns Lia Habel threw at me. I'll like to say I knew that was going to happen, but I can't. Many people claim that the multiple five point of views in Dearly, Departed was too much for them to keep track of, but for me, I got everything. In fact, I may even argue that each of them has a certain purpose. But then again, that's just me since I love to read books with multiple points of views. I'll be reading Dearly, Beloved, the next book in the Gone with the Respiration series, very soon since I already brought it because of the brilliant gothic cover. I'm concluding that Nora and Bram's love will never last for obvious reasons, but I want to see it while it does. ohdamnbooks: dearly, departed