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Dead Reckoning

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  752 Ratings  ·  151 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
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Published June 1st 2012 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
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Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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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
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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
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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.

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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).
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.
Erin Burns
Not as engaging as I'd hoped. And I guess it was meant to turn into a series that never happened, so while the immediate story was resolved, the overall arc is incomplete.
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Cardsharp. Gunslinger. Outlaw. Decked out in black and studded with silver from head to toe, Jett Gallatin cuts a stunning figure. With his fine black stallion and well worn slick pistols, Jett looks like the kind of young man that boys want to emulate, and girls want to sweep them off their feet. What most folk don't realize, though, is that everything about Jett - from the slightly flamboyant wardrobe to the tightly and slightly higher holstered double
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Title: Dead Reckoning
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, 324 pages (9781599906843)
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

The year is 1867, and Jett Gallatin is traveling the western frontier in search of her twin brother. Disguised as a boy and feared as a lawbreaker, her journey has taken her to Alsop, Texas, where a bar fight turns into a fight for survival after the town is overrun with the reanimated corpses of the recently deceased. Ba
Harlee Green
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was pretty good just needed more mystery
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun "weird West" teen adventure.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. I would probably recommend this to younger teens. It was a good pace and easy to read. I liked the characters and the story.
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
Kathy Davie
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A steampunk Western for young adults.

My Take
Interesting comment Lackey and Edghill made that once people went West, they tended to ignore the law—after all, who would see or hold them to account.

It's an interesting trio of protagonists. Jett Gallantin is fleeing the devastation of the South in the wake of losing the Civil War and hunting for her brother while White Fox is a man straddling two worlds acting in the role of a protecter. Honoria Gibbons is a scientist using her father's susceptibili
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, steampunk
The steampunk elements of the novel are really little more than window dressing, and a sparse window dressing at that, but science versus the supernatural is a running theme. It's possible the steampunk will come into play more in future books, since in all fairness the events of Dead Reckoning take place in the immediate area surrounding one small frontier town.

Wait, what? Future books? Yes, I'd guess the authors have at least one more planned, since this reads as the beginning of a series inst
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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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