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 protect 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.
Let me just get to the point. FUN. CLEAN. PURE AWESOMENESS!
It's hard to find a book that has everything that you like PLUS it being clean! WHOOT! MAJOR PROPS to Susan Dennard! You. ROCK!
Ok get this, Zombies. yup Zombies....in 1876! How cool is that?! Man, this was fun to read! It has Zombies, Spirit-Hunters, voodoo, magic, handsome inventors, mystery, surprises (not really), romance, action, adventure, a positive female role model, characters of color and ethnicity. It's called Steampunk. There is so much to love about this book. This book is jam packed with action and excitement. The necromancer sequences were thrilling, the fight scenes had me on the edge of my seat, and the malevolent spirit was frightening. PURE AWESOMENESS!!!
Alright so first off, the main character Eleanor, I felt was well developed. She is not a simpering damsel in distress, no, Eleanor is a brave and determined, not afraid to use her parasol to fight off the dead. Who knew that all it takes is a well placed whack around the knees would bring down a zombie? Eleanor is not your usual heroine. She is not rail thin and drop dead gorgeous. She's simply pretty with some tush padding. So again, not your average heroine. SO yeah, I liked her a lot! Eleanor dislikes society’s rules about as much as she dislikes her name. I found it hilarious that she made fun of her name: “Miss Fitt? Miss Fit? I’m a misfit Mama – that’s what I am!” Loved her sense of humor through it all.
The Spirit Hunters were such an intriguing group! Joseph Boyer headed the Spirit Hunters and he was a necromancer from New Orleans which I found fascinating with the whole of his character. Then you have some of the other members of the Spirit Hunters like Daniel. I liked him right off the bat because he was arrogant and high up on himself. Plus when he was with Eleanor, their banter was entertaining. Daniel is the tinkerer of the group, the gadget guy, the author came up with some fun and cool contraptions that were a great add to the whole of the story.
Overall: it's a well written, highly entertaining YA novel and I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy!
Sexual Content: mild
Violence: moderate (PG zombie fighting scenes)
Language: mild (maybe a Damn in there but that's about it I think)