Dead Set

A Novel

Kadrey, Richard

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Dead Set
After the death of her father, Zoe, escaping from life, loses herself in a dreamscape until a chance encounter at a used record store opens up a portal to the world of the restless dead, forcing her to decide just how far she is willing to go to see her father again.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0062283014
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,19 cm


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Dec 23, 2014

for teenagers very good, but I miss sandman slim can't wait for the next sandman slim book.

Sep 17, 2014
  • mpot rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

deliciously creepy

Jan 28, 2014
  • neris1960 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazingly talented writer--HAD to read this book in 5 hrs straight and it would make a GREAT movie.

Nov 19, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Kadrey did a pretty good job writing as a teenage girl. Zoe was believable and pretty likable. In fact, all of the characters came across well, as people with genuine faults, and they were all fairly interesting. From what I understand of Kadrey, Sandman Slim is a fantastic character, so obviously Kadrey excels at creating the people in his world.
Another strength was the general tone of the book. It's very creepy. Not scary--I don't so scary at all--but creepy and unsettling. Zoe's grief is palpable and much of the imagery used helps amp up the bleak tone.

Weaknesses: World building. I really really felt it was lacking in this story. There was a lot of information dumping with very little explanation of WHY some of these things happened. WHY did Hecate start off benevolent and then decide to seal off Calumet (Iphigene)? WHY are people missing limbs and replacing them with random pipes and furniture? Valentine references that it has to do with giving a sacrifice, but what crime did he commit? Why is he missing limbs but Zoe's dad is just getting slowly vampired to death? WHY is Valentine so against telling his father who he is? What point is served by keeping this a secret?

Overall, I did enjoy this book, and I think the right teen would eat it up. My biggest gripe was with the many many unexplained/unanswered questions.


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