If you haven't read Dearly, Departed, you are SO MISSING OUT! This was one of my favourite novels of 2011, you can check out my review here. Lia has crafted such an amazingly creative and vivid futuristic world, blending the 18th century with modern times and.... zomibes? Never did I think I would fall for a sweet, zombie boy :)
Deleted Scene - Dearly, Beloved
“Not fruit,” Nora Dearly groaned. “Anything but fruit. Between what we’ve found and all those army rations we carted back from Z-Beta…seriously, why were the rations all fruit?”
“Pro-carb policy. Recruits used to get into the meat and jerky rations. Like oversized cockroaches.” Smiling, I poked the girl I was courting – me. Dead. Courting gorgeous little living doll. It was still weird – in the shoulder. “Pick something.”
Swinging her legs against the water-soaked side of the Black Alice – the Punk airship we were still living on in the middle of the jungle, though in a few days, we’d be leaving everything behind for New Victoria – Nora considered. Behind us her zombified father worked at his papers, occasionally giving us an “I see you” glance. Nothing too severe. “Nuts? Would there be any nut trees around here?”
Shutting my eyes, I tried to go farm boy zen, and to indulge my heightened senses. There were ten billion smells in the wilderness, so many that none reigned supreme – but then, from far off, I got a tinge of nutrient-rich soil. It reminded me of the time my mother had planted almonds on our farm. “Maybe.” Without saying another word, I headed for the gangplank. I heard Nora talking to Dr. Dearly, and then running after me.
For a while we both walked in silence, just enjoying the time alone. Although he didn’t seem to mind if we touched one another chastely, or talked about any subject, Dr. Dearly usually insisted we stay near the ship. Every fifth day or so, though, he’d give me a knowing glance and turn a blind eye. Apparently today was one of our good days.
“I think it makes me sick in the head,” Nora said at length, “but I kind of like watching you play hunter. It’s very male. ‘Me man! Me am provide for woman!’”
Snorting, I replied, “Man corpse, am not need eat. Girl am need eat. Is logic, not misogyny. Of course…” I peered at her. “Man could am eat girl.”
For an instant horror seeped into Nora’s expression, her almond-shaped eyes opening wide – but then she cracked up laughing. “I am not even going theeeere,” she shrieked, running into the trees ahead of us.
The thing that’d made me sit up after dying two years ago, the Laz, itched a part of my brain whenever she did that. I had no choice but to give chase.
Aren't they ADORABLE?! Oh gosh. I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel for more Nora and Bram! Forget everything you thought you knew about zombies, Lia Habel will completely alter your perspective. Go grab yourself a copy asap!
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