Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Review)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
Steve Hockensmith
Published by
Quirk Classics March 2010
ISBN# 978-1-59474-454-9
$12.95 US
PG 13


Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls -- a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands -- until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.

Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth -- and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth's heart? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave -- and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!

My Take:

This is definitely my kind of classics! Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a delightfully twisted take on Jane Austen's classic. I was hooked from the first chapter, when Elizabeth is at a funeral, and the corpse refuses to lie still so it can be buried. The story moves quickly, and Elizabeth and sisters soon learn their father was a warrior who fought the first wave of zombies. As a member of the Order, he had sworn to raise his children in the way of the warrior, which of course, he didn't. The girls are soon pushed into training, hand to hand, swords, and an assortment of other weapons, and doing their father proud by killing zombies.

The story is very well written, and impossible to put down! The characters are delightfully portrayed, and their various histories are woven into this tale, providing a rich backdrop to this tongue in cheek portrayal of the classic. The story includes black and white drawings, adding another layer to the story.

4 stars

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