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Dead Reckoning

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  667 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
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 zom ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Aug 16, 2012 Miriam rated it liked it
Mercedes Lackey writing a Western? With zombies? I had two simultaneous reactions: "This I gotta see" and "I doubt that'll be good."

It wasn't terrible. It was okay. Mildly entertaining, easy to read, no thought or familiarity with zombie or western traditions required, even though the three main characters do seem to have stepped out of different genres.

Jett, the first and to me most sympathetic character, is the historical romance protagonist girl-inadequately-disguised-as-a-boy-to-search-for-
Apr 08, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
It’s awesome! It’s a little bit steampunk, and a western, AND it has zombies in! what more could a girl ask for?

Our primary protagonist is named Jett, a young woman from Louisiana who is out west searching for her twin brother. He went missing during the Civil War and she’s convinced that he’s somewhere in the wide open spaces of the western territories. Of course, she can’t just travel as a genteel flower of the South. Jett has disguised herself as a gunslinger and has the skills to back up her
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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I had a lot of unexpected fun with this quick-moving tale of zombies in Texas - even when the steampunk aspect came in unexpectedly I was more than game for a late addition. I'm not one much for reading western novels in general; I grew up with a Louis L'Amour and Tony Hillerman-novel-guzzling dad and though he and I can find common ground on fantasy and science fiction (less so on contemporary YA romances, though I can't imagine why..), I rarely st
Jubilation Lee
I was pretty sure that I wasn’t in the mood to read Dead Reckoning, friends, when after a dozen or so pages I was all, “Meh, this book is a failed experiment in the cross-dressing steampunk western romance zombie genre and I will not waste my time any further.”

I know, right? When would those words EVER come out of my mouth?

So I put the book down, went and read some more crappy Fruits Basket volumes, and a week later picked it up again.

This time it was like, “Holy shit! This book! This is a victo
Greta is Erikasbuddy
In quite towns out West the townsfolk have gone missing! Three unlikely strangers team up to figure out the mystery of where everybody went. How did they become ghost towns? Was it a sickness? Or was it zombies!?!

A perfect book for your picky early teen!

Does your youngin' hunger for zombies?

A tad bit too young to have him/her reading books that might make them scream and wind up in bed with you?

Then fear not Mom and Dad because Dead Reckoning is the tween friendly zombie book with this mother's
Well, this was ... okay? Not particularly mind-blowing in any way, and I'm sure I'd find things to nitpick, but in my current state of mind, an easy, not really brain-taxing but moderately exciting read was what worked, so there's that.

Light on the characterisation and not super-deep on the plot, but it rolled along at a reasonable pace, events made enough sense that it didn't make me groan, and while none of the main characters, including Jett, the girl-pretending-to-be-a-boy protagonist, reall
Forget Cowboys vs Aliens; Cowboys vs Zombies is where it's at! Dead Reckoning is a fun, fast-paced book set in America in 1867. I loved the historical elements, and I'm not as learned as I could be in this era, so I wasn't bothered by any inconsistencies. Jett, White Fox and Gibbons, are intriguing characters and their personalities compliment each other extremely well. This book doesn't tell us nearly enough about any of them; there are hints of romance, missing relatives and potential zombie r ...more
May 27, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
2.5 Stars.

Original review posted here.

Jett has seen them—the walking dead. She was there the night they attacked Alsop, and only escaped with her life through the dedication of her faithful steed. When after fleeing she comes upon Gibbons and White Fox, who are both investigating mysterious disappearances, they are hard pressed to believe her tale. However, they’ll learn soon enough that things are like good ol’ Sherlock said and “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, howeve
In a Sentence: In spite of Dead Reckoning's charming moments, for me, it was lacking in depth and not a particularly memorable read.

My Thoughts

My reason for agreeing to be a stop on the Dead Reckoning blog tour was primarily because of two things: my love of historical fiction and my fondness for zombies. With the synopsis of Dead Reckoning advertising itself as a mash-up of the two, I was sold. I HAD to check out this book and see if zombies paired with nineteenth century Texas was as cool as
BAYA Librarian
Sep 24, 2012 BAYA Librarian rated it it was ok
This genre-blending collaboration between fantasy author Mercedes Lackey and fantasy and sci-fi writer Rosemary Edghill tells the story of three adventurous young people in the postbellum southwest who cross paths and join forces to defeat a zealous religious leader with a vision of world dominance and his army of zombies. Former southern belle Jett Gallatin poses as a male gunslinger as she flees her home in devastated Louisiana in search of her missing twin brother; Honoria Gibbons follows the ...more
Sara Grochowski
Jun 21, 2012 Sara Grochowski rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I didn't think I was going to be able to finish this novel. It started out at an extremely slow pace and the characters were just... weird. So, I set Dead Reckoning aside. For weeks. And then I decided to give it another try... and I fell in love and couldn't stop reading.

First off, I'm not a fan of the novel's description. Not only does it make Dead Reckoning sound much more happy and girly than it really it, it doesn't mention the third main character, White Fox, at all. I feel like the descri
May 31, 2012 Angelc rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

I really loved this book! There were so many aspects that I loved, it's hard to mention them all. I knew the book was about zombies, but really the zombies weren't totally the focus of the book. Instead of focusing on the typical, gory zombie attacks, the authors really hone in on how the characters solve the mystery and use their brains to outsmart the zombies.

The story has a steampunk feel, especially with Honoria's steam-powered travelling contraption. But again, the steampunk aspect
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My Review:
When steampunk is mentioned, most people think of a Victorian setting, but DEAD RECKONING integrates the steam sensibility into a western setting, and does it well. I've only read Mercedes Lackey's high fantasy books, and though I enjoyed every single one that I read, I was really happy to see her branching off into a new genre, especially in the YA category.

DEAD RECKONING tells the tale of a disparate group of young people that find themselves emb
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Dead Reckoning was a fun little read. As soon as we met Jett, a girl dressed up as a gunslinging cowboy searching for her lost brother, I knew this was going to be entertaining. I'm a sucker for a girl dressing as a boy to make her way in the world.

This book wasn't great. But it is a steampunk zombie Western that's fairly good and I'm okay with that. Jett Gallatin, gunslinger, confederate sympathizer, and a girl (who misses pretty dresses!) is my type of heroine. She's not ridiculously intellig
Jul 14, 2012 LibraryDanielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
an interesting take on the zombie craze.
take the wild west, a southern belle masquerading as a gunslinger, a suffragist female scientist, and a native american add a zombie mystery, and you've got dead reckoning.
some parts were predictable, some were weird, but all were enjoyable. I really liked the different take on zombies. sometimes the bleak future zombie novels get to be a bit much, so seeing a historic take was really interesting. it felt a little world war z to me- the mysteries in the p
Sarah Wright
Jul 08, 2012 Sarah Wright rated it liked it
I picked this one up because I love Mercedes Lackey. The cowboy/zombie thing... I wasn't so sure about. However, I was determined to read on to see what she would do with it, and it wasn't bad. Considering the very unique topics, I found quite a bit of it fairly predictable. However, Lackey delivers some interesting characters that I found myself wanting to know more about. The zombies are a little scary, but they're fairly tame for the undead. I would probably suggest this for younger readers w ...more
Bonnie McDaniel
This is a most peculiar little book. Genre-wise, it's a young adult zombie steampunk horror western, five disparate tastes that you wouldn't think would blend together at all. It's to the writers' credit (the authors are old pros Mercedes Lackey, author of the seemingly endless Valdemar series, and Rosemary Edghill, also known as eluki bes shahar, author of the vastly superior Hellflower science-fiction trilogy) that it blends as well as it does. Still, sometimes I got the feeling that they pull ...more
May 22, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
When I first saw this book, I had mixed feelings. I am not a fan of popular authors trying to write YA material. I really enjoy reading Mercedes Lackey and I was really hoping for a good read. I got all that and more! I loved the new approach to zombies and I loved the western and steampunk mix.

Jett is a young woman searching for her brother. Since the book is set in the late 1800s, she has to don a disguise is order to travel alone and somewhat safely. She is stubborn, Southern, and bitter abo
Jul 03, 2012 April rated it it was ok
Zombies and steampunk and post Civil War Reconstruction era Wild West should be the most awesome combination ever, right? Alas, while the concept for Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill was excellent, I found the overall execution to be quite lacking.

Read the rest of my review here link goes live 7/4/12
I thought this was a great deal of fun. Western, zombie, strong girls bucking social norms, hint of romance, with a feeling of steam punk (but not actually steam punk). Sounds like a mess but I liked it, mostly it was refreshing to not have a love triangle, not have romance be the center, and to have just a plain ole’ quest adventure tale (granted with some weird zombies).
Jan 06, 2013 melissa rated it liked it
Holy crap! I actually finished a steampunkish book. The verbal sparring between Jett and Honoria were the main reasons to stick with this. Well, that and the fact that it involves zombies although they are more of the mindless do what they're told zombies than the craving flesh kind.
Nov 05, 2012 Joe rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed, done
I am not a Zombie lover But I am a western lover, I was not ready
for the zombies. It was a good read but not for the ZOMBIES , I would not run out and buy this book.
May 31, 2014 Lori rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014may
A friend recommended I try Lackey, but I'm hopeful I just chose the wrong book. (In my defense, it was all the library had for my Kindle.)

Reckoning wants to be a funny, mixed-genre YA romp. There's a little steampunk, a little supernatural, a little gender-bending, a lot of Western.

The characters are likable sketches. But the plot is so damn unbelievable (and, hey, I ADORE a lot of genre fiction, so that's saying something) and silly it's hard to like. And not over the top enough to be B-movie
Hells yeah.
A steampunk, wild west, zombie horror, gender bender adventure. A book like this will either do really well or fail miserably. Thankfully, Dead Reckoning did not fail. It's nothing terribly serious, just a fun romp through all the genres. It's not too gory, even for a zombie book. No unnecessary romances. Just sleuthing and sciencing and exploding, and escaping and actually very little gun slinging. It is quick paced, easily read in just a day or two.

The characters are fun. Jett is strong and li
Molli Moran
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When I started Dead Reckoning, I was at once captivated by the premise: a formerly proper young woman, disguised as a nomadic male drifter. Jett - once Phillipa - is searching for her missing twin brother when she enters a small, Western town. She expects a fight with the local trouble makers; instead, they're set upon by zombies in a spine-tingling beginning that catapults the reader into a rather eccentric novel of the Wild West and the walking
Andie Z
Originally posted on my blog, From A to Z.

Dead Reckoning is everything I would hope for from a steampunk zombie western: it’s fun, action-packed, and best of all, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you’re looking for a zombie novel that won’t keep you up late at night, then look no further!

The highlight of the novel for me was definitely the three protagonists. Jett, who disguises herself as a tough male gunslinger; Honoria, who isn’t afraid to travel the Wild West as a solo female; and Wh
Aug 17, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
Two strong young women are traveling through the dangerous Wild West of the late 1800s. Jett came from a wealthy New Orleans family, whose wealth and home were destroyed during the Civil War, so she hates Yankees. She doesn’t believe her twin brother Philip is dead, and is traveling the West by horseback to find him. In order to be safe she dresses like a male gunslinger, and earns her way by gambling, though she longs to return to her old life.

Honoria Verity Providentia Gibbons is a genius, ra
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted here.

If Cherie Priest's Boneshaker and Wild, Wild West had a lovechild, it would be Dead Reckoning. The book is filled with zombie mayhem from beginning to end in a wild west, steampunk setting. Add in a girl dressed as a boy, some crazy scientists, and religious cult, and you've got the makings for one action-packed ride.

The zombies are pretty creepy, although the addition of the cult is what REALLY makes the whole thing terrifying. Again, the zombies aren't the focal point. T
Truly Bookish
Jun 27, 2012 Truly Bookish rated it liked it
Interested in a fun summer read that stands out from the sea of paranormal and dystopia books out there right now? If you are then Dead Reckoning, a steampunk western with zombies, may just be the book for you. This book is original and entertaining, just what I needed to kick off my summer!

Dead Reckoning is set in a western town where Jett, our feisty gunslinger who dresses as a boy so she can make her way around without too much trouble, has stopped find out if anyone knows anything about her
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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