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Dead Reckoning (edition 2012)

by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill

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Title:Dead Reckoning
Authors:Mercedes Lackey
Other authors:Rosemary Edghill
Info:Bloomsbury USA Childrens (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, YA, young adult, zombies, old west, steampunk, inventors, gunslingers, scouts, massacres

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Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey

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I rounded this book up to 4 stars because it successfully incorporates zombies, the wild west, and some steampunk. It is an ok book with a premise I enjoyed reading. I liked the mystery and suspense of the who-dunnit, and why. Jett was an interesting character, I didn’t get much personality off White Fox, and I liked Gibbons’ scientific prowess and contraptions. I wanted a little more wild west with my zombies, by which I mean gunslinging; they didn’t shoot any zombies. There are some questions left unanswered, but I expect a sequel is intended. The story may not be for everyone, but if the subject interests you, go for it. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
I rounded this book up to 4 stars because it successfully incorporates zombies, the wild west, and some steampunk. It is an ok book with a premise I enjoyed reading. I liked the mystery and suspense of the who-dunnit, and why. Jett was an interesting character, I didn’t get much personality off White Fox, and I liked Gibbons’ scientific prowess and contraptions. I wanted a little more wild west with my zombies, by which I mean gunslinging; they didn’t shoot any zombies. There are some questions left unanswered, but I expect a sequel is intended. The story may not be for everyone, but if the subject interests you, go for it. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
I read about two thirds of this book, until the little group figured out everything that was going on in about five pages of exposition.

I really miss when Mercedes Lackey wrote for adults. I think this book wouldn't be too far out of the range of something an eight year old friend of mine who's steadily working her way through the Boxcar Children could read, aside from the subject matter of zombies.

VERY young adult. Your mileage may vary. ( )
  lyrrael | Oct 17, 2015 |
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Dead Reckoning is a novel that manages to combine several interesting genres into one story: zombies, westerns, and steampunk, all set against the backdrop of the post-Civil War US. Amazingly, no one aspect of this totally overwhelms the others. It truly is a steampunk zombie western, rather than just a zombie story with a few hints of the wild west.

The story is easy to get into and is mostly well-paced, although there were a few spots where things seemed to drag. The three main characters -- Jett, White Fox, and Gibbons -- are relatively well defined, even if they do seem like contemporary YA stereotypes. Jett is a girl posing as a boy, with plenty of attitude and smarts. White Fox has a mysterious past and is the strong, silent type. Gibbons is a scientist who doesn't behave like your traditional young woman in the 1860s. There are the tiniest hints of romantic possibilities, but this story is in no way a love triangle, or even an unrequited-crush triangle. Despite the fact that you can find similar characters in any number of YA books, the three of them still make a quirky trio whose exploits are easy to get invested in. Each of the three have their own secrets, and bits of backstory are sprinkled throughout the story. ( )
  goorgoahead | Dec 4, 2013 |
I struggled with the story's opening. The paragraph establishing Jett's secret identity was a mess. First I thought Jasper was her twin brother, and Philip and Philippa her siblings. And the time line for when she played acted being a boy was muddled with being separated by the war. This confusing introduction was followed hard by Jett's less than convincing reasons why her boy persona had to be a flashy, attention grabbing shootist (if she has the real skills to protect herself with a gun, why pick the over the top costume that guarantees she's going to have a confrontation with someone in every new town?), and these two narrative snafu's made it hard for me get invested in the story.

Unfortunately, even a third of the way in I wasn't any more interested. Jett and White Fox and Gibbons are each caricatures of their own particular flavor, and the tomboy, bluestocking, stalwart Indian scout trio made for super awkward fire side chats. I got as far as tracking the zombie horde to a cult before I couldn't take it any longer, both Jett and Gibbons' POV are clunkey with vernacular.
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In 1867 Texas, Jett, a girl passing as a boy while seeking her long-lost twin brother, joins forces with Honoraria Gibbons, an inventor, and White Fox, a young Army scout, to investigate a zombie army that is terrorizing the West.

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