Author: Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Jett is a girl disguised as a boy, living as a gambler in the old West as she searches for her long-lost brother. Honoria Gibbons is a smart, self-sufficient young woman who also happens to be a fabulous inventor. Both young women travel the prairie alone – until they are brought together by a zombie invasion! As Jett and Honoria investigate, they soon learn that these zombies aren’t rising from the dead of their own accord … but who would want an undead army? And why? This gunslinging, hair-raising, zombie western mashup is perfect for fans of Cowboys vs. Aliens and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. (less)
Two things I absolutely love are westerns and zombies. I grew up watching John Wayne movies and wanted to be like him (which got me into some trouble). I also started my zombie love affair early in life. So I might have done a funky little excited dance on the inside when I first saw that Dead Reckoning was a western with zombies. I couldn’t wait to read this book! Did it deliver everything I could hope for in this ultimate mashup? No. Was it great? No. Was it good? Sure.
The story takes place in Texas 1867, not long after the civil war. It revolves around three characters who meet by chance on the outskirts of a town where the dead have attacked. The approach on zombies Lackey and Edghill took was interesting and a little bit different , but it still kind of felt flat to me. There were a couple of parts that got me somewhat excited, but mostly I was reading it just to finish the book.
Jett is a seventeen year old girl, who masquerades as a male gunslinger while she searches for her twin brother. Gibbons is a young woman who is a skeptic that travels around debunking crazy claims with science. White Fox is a white man who was raise by Native Americans. I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters, but I liked certain aspects about each of them. I really identified with the connection Jett had with her horse, Nightingale, and enjoyed how the authors incorporated their relationship into the story. I also like how Gibbons used science and logic to try and figure things out. And White Fox added a nice medium between the two. Even though I liked the characters, I wish there would have been more to them.
I admit, I had extremely high hopes for this book. I was planning on being completely blown away by it, and that’s probably where I went wrong. I shouldn’t have had such high expectations. I did enjoy Dead Reckoning to an extent, but I was expecting so much more. This might be a great book for some people, but for me it was on the lower side of good. Would I read a sequel to Dead Reckoning? Probably not.