Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I finished reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies last week and I loved every page of it. I should preface that I have never read the real Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen so I have no basis for comparing the two but taking "and Zombies" as it is, I loved it.
It has all the elements of an old novel set in the English countryside which I've always been partial to. Rolling hills, horse drawn carriages, dinner parties, formal introductions, arranged marriages, family estates, etc. Throw zombies into the mix and it was an awesome book! I now kind of want to read the original just so I can see how the real story was written and what may have been taken out or changed to make the whole zombie plot work. The author did a pretty good job of getting the zombie plot all entangeled into the original story so it actually made sense and flowed well. There were a few times that I thought I hadn't read about zombies in a while or when something zombie related came up I realized it didn't matter if it was there or not as far as the story goes. Still, it was a fun read.
The 5 Bennet sisters are all zombie slayers, trained in China and highly recognized for their abilities. They are employed by England to help keep their part of the country free from the zombies. Once they are married however, they no longer need to be zombie killers. Like most women and mothers of that time, their whole goal in life is to be married. The main character, Lizzy however does not want this. She is the most revered of the zombie slayers and loves doing it. She doesn't want to be married and have to stop killing. Throughout the book we see 3 of her sisters married and we watch her fall in love with a man who she initially despised. Also, her best friend becomes infected by the disease and has her life prolonged by a serum but it seems like this serum just prolongs the suffering and inevitable death. It has a happy ending and all in all I really enjoyed this book.
I also liked that there were a few illustrations throughout the book. It's nice to see a visual of a lady all dressed to the nines as only they did in the 1800's and kicking a zombie in the face!!