What can I say? This book was awesome! I received it a couple of weeks ago, and read it twice within the first week. Then, I re-read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to see how they flowed together (very well), and read Dawn of the Dreadfuls a third time just a few days ago.
While reading PPZ, I couldn't help but wonder what could have happened to turn Elizabeth Bennet into a young woman who's first thought is to slit a man's throat when he offends her. After learning of the heartbreak, disappointment, and feelings of betrayal she endured, my question was answered.
The book opens with a funeral, where the poor decedent isn't as dead as the guests thought. With the realization that the unfortunate plague has reappeared, Mr. Bennet insists on training his girls in the deadly arts. Mrs. Bennet is horrified by the fact that this decision has ostracized the girls, and is tormented by the fact that their chances of finding suitable husbands is now almost non-existant. Despite being shunned by polite society, the Bennet sisters, with the help of Lord Lumpley, find that being courted by suitable young men is still a possibility. Those neighbors who at first rejected them, find themselves owing their lives to the unorthadox daughters of the Bennets. This story has comedy, drama, romance, and, of course, the zombie factor.
Dawn of the Dreadfuls was written entirely by Steve Hockensmith's hand, so it was an easier read than PPZ that is mostly in Jane Austen's words. It's a fun, enjoyable novel that not only works well with it's sequel, but is also a wonderful book on its own.
I highly recommend this book, and encourage you to go to your nearest book store on March 23rd (or go here to find online stores) to pick up this gem.
In the meantime, check out the website here, and enter their contest here (remember to mention my review, please!). Quirk Classics is giving away 50 Prize Packs that include:
- An advance copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
- Audio books of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (both wonderful books)
- A password redeemable online for sample audio chapters of Dawn of the Dreadfuls
- An awesome Dawn of the Dreadfuls poster
- A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Journal
- A box set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies postcards