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Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning

3.9 8
by Rosemary Edghill, Mercedes Lackey

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Jett is a girl passing as a boy, living as a cowboy in the old West as she searches for her long-lost brother. When the book opens, she's just rolled into a new town, where she stops by the saloon. Things are relatively calm, although she suspects there will be Trouble from at least one of the locals. Sure enough, Trouble starts to mosey over, when--

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Dead Reckoning 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
Interested in a fun summer read that stands out from the sea of paranormal and dystopia books out there right now? If you are then Dead Reckoning, a steampunk western with zombies, may just be the book for you. This book is original and entertaining, just what I needed to kick off my summer! Dead Reckoning is set in a western town where Jett, our feisty gunslinger who dresses as a boy so she can make her way around without too much trouble, has stopped find out if anyone knows anything about her lost brother. Jett’s visit is short lived as the town is attacked by zombies and Jett barely escapes with her life. The book’s setting is very well done and Honoria Gibbons’ steampunk inventions are very cool to read about. Jett and Gibbons are very opposite characters: Jett being very rational and a fighter and Gibbons being a dogged scientist who throws caution to the wind when it comes to her experiments. While Jett dresses like a boy, I liked the fact that she liked girly things but her circumstances dictates that she be disguised as a boy. The two girls strong personalities are balanced out by White Fox, the handsome Anglo boy that was raised by Native Americans. Dead Reckoning is a quick read with great characters, action and mystery. The ending is completely satisfying (no cliffhangers!) and while this could easily be a standalone novel, I’m hoping there will be a second book to expand on the storyline, especially the one involving Jett’s missing brother. Dead Reckoning is a clean read and is appropriate for both older and younger teens.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
This was definitely a western and definitely a zombie read. What I didn’t expect was the religious aspect of the story. While it wasn’t intrusive to the idea of the zombies, it was something that caught me off guard – I just didn’t think that would be the direction the story would take. Jett is a pretty cool character, as is Honoria, so seeing those two girls make it on their own in a man’s world was fun and interesting. I felt that the “how” of the story was brushed over and so far fetched (for a zombie book, I know!) that it just didn’t sit right with me. This isn’t an ordinary infection or virus causing the dead to rise up again and I couldn’t buy the how or the why it was done. I really wished it would have taken a turn to something more like The Walking Dead, but alas, it just fell short. ARC Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the genre but this novel falls short of being steampunk or western. The addition of "period" terminology is more irritating than atmospheric. The characters and plot are flat. All in all, I expected more and was disappointed.