Dead Set: A Novel

Dead Set: A Novel

by Richard Kadrey

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series delivers a wonderful stand-alone dark fantasy in which a young girl is caught between the worlds of the living and the dead.

After her father's funeral, Zoe moved to the big city with her mother to start over. But change always brings trials, and life in the city is not so easy. Money is tight, and Zoe's only escape, as has always been the case, is in her dreams—a world apart from her troubled real life where she can spend time with her closest companion: her lost brother, Valentine.

But something or someone has entered their dreamworld uninvited. And a chance encounter at a used record store, where the vinyl holds not music but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. It's here that the shop's strange proprietor offers Zoe the chance to commune with her dead father. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062283016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir books. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime,” and is in development as a feature film. Some of his other books include The Wrong Dead Guy, The Everything Box, Metrophage, and Butcher Bird. He also writes the Vertigo comic Lucifer.

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Dead Set 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Dead Set is Richard's first foray into the YA genre, and what a fantastic debut it is, full of intrigue and nail-biting tension that will have you on the edge of your seat as you travel along with Zoe on her journey. Richard has crafted an originally fresh and exciting read, which culminates in this story all being fit into a stand alone novel which seems to be rare these days. Zoe and her Mother have moved to a new town after the death of her Father, money is very tight and Zoe and her Mother aren't getting along at all. One day while skipping  school, Zoe finds herself at a store that sells vinyl records, but these aren't normal records, each has the soul of a deceased person stuck in them and one of them has the soul of her Father. To constantly keep visiting her Father, Emmett the store owner as payment requests first a lock of hair, then a tooth, some of Zoe's blood etc. When she finds herself in Iphigene the place where lost souls end up including  Zoe's Father and brother Valentine she discovers that it's ruled by Hecate  (from Egyptian mythology) and she uses the souls to feed her children (her snakes and dogs)  and has also stolen the sun which has left Iphigene in total darkness 24/7. But when Hecate discovers the presence of a living girl she'll stop at nothing to catch Zoe and set in motion her nefarious plans, it ends up becoming a race against time for Zoe to find her way home, and keep her Father and brother safe in the process. A great mix of paranormal and Egyptian mythology creates an intriguing story that you will find hard to put down once you immerse yourself in this world that Richard has created.
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I was totally transported. He has stormed his way to one of my top authors.
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Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had zero sympathy for Zoe. I really, really hated her stupidity, stubbornness and self-righteousness.