Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, were both New York Times best sellers, with a combined 1.3 million copies in print. Now the PPZ trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After.
The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating unmentionables. But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love - and for everyone to live happily ever after.
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Without Jane Austen it simply isn't the same.
The first book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a masterpiece. It combined the wonderful, witty and intelligent social satire of Jane Austen with violent Zombie horror that showed up whenever the witticisms, card games and dances of the Regency Era got a little bit tiresome. However neither is Mr. Steve Hockensmith as witty or perceptive as Jane Austen nor does he share Mr. Grahame-Smiths gift for mixing Regency culture with modern humorThe result is a bit of a pulpy sensationalist story that combines many, rather goofy elements the author seems to have deemed "cool"We never quite feel like we're in a zombified version of Jane Austen's world, but rather in a Jane Austen inspired Zombie fanfiction.There are some commendable parts; Mr. Hockensmith goes to some pains to fill in some gaps of world building the original left open and he makes an honest attempt to develop Kitty and Mary, the two forgotten Bennett Sisters, however the results just aren't anything special (Mary, for example becomes a rather brash second-wave feminist several centuries too early, which is neither very funny nor interesting and London is haunted by youth gangs straight out of the classic movie "Warriors" and he insist on characters using the very anachronistic "Z-Word", pronounced "Cee-Word" to censor the vulgar "Zombie" when 1)British people back then would have pronounced it "Zet-Word" and 2) Graham-Smith had already provided "Unmentionables" and "The Sorry Stricken" as the proper way to refer to Zombies in polite society) A very enjoyable part of the book, however, was the chance to see zombification form the point of view of a character suffering from the affliction.
Katherine Kellgren, of course does a wonderful job narrating, but even her talent can't quite safe the book.
- Andreas Neubrand