Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
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.
SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY is an imaginative look into the past where the Dead rising isn’t unheard of. Dennard has crafted a story that moves at a pace that will satisfy readers and leave them wanting more. While the plot is a bit predictable, it doesn’t take away too much from the readers enjoyment and the ending will leave them craving more. Zombies have become a popular plot device in YA and Dennard definitely does them justice in her debut.
Eleanor is one of those girls who has faith until the last-minute. She isn’t quick to jump to conclusions which distinguishes her from the majority of her peers. I loved getting to know her better and experiencing the world of Spirit-Hunters and the Dead. While the most obvious conclusions do elude her grasp, it is only because she doesn’t want to see what is truly in front of her. She definitely grows into a better person by the end of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY and I cannot wait to go on more adventures with her in the next book!
The zombies or Dead in SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY are not nearly as frightening as I have experienced in other YA novels which I really liked. They can be controlled but they can also be left to their own devices to terrify people. Dennard makes them uniquely hers and sets herself apart from other YA novelists who write about zombies. And while I am not usually fond of reading novels set in the past, I couldn’t stop myself from enjoying the ride that Dennard took me on in SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY.
SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY will gratify all types of readers and leave them wanting more! While the plot was just a tad predictable, I still had a nice time reading the book. I can’t wait for more from Dennard!