"Yet this much would be obvious to a clear-thinking, level-headed girl like her: The dreadfuls had returned, and there was more to be done about it than scream."
What do you do if you're a young woman in regency England about to come out to society, when that society is threatened to the brink of extinction? Well, if you're Elizabeth Bennet, you fight. You defend everyone, and if that means getting some zombie guts on the dress you wore to the ball, so be it. I'd like to see any other heroine try that.
The latest literary mash-up from Quirk Classics, Dawn of the Dreadfuls tells the story of the Bennet girls and how they become the defenders of Longbourn. We see each of them come to into their own as warrior and a lady. While Pride & Prejudice & Zombies drops you right into the thick of the battle, Dawn of the Dreadfuls provides much needed context and background along with a story of it's own. We know that Jane eventually ends up with Bingley at Netherfield, but did we know that Jane was once the defender of Netherfield? We know Lizzy eventually ends up with Mr. Darcy, but what about the men before him? We meet the strong yet mysterious Master Hawksworth and the blundering yet slightly adorable Dr. Keckilpenny. Are either of these men Lizzy's first love?
The novel's strength lies in the reader's familiarity with the characters. There's something so wrong, yet so right about taking these classic figures and having them battle it out with a zombie. It's absurd, it's entertaining and it's all done in good fun. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Benett. Mrs. Bennet is infamous for wanting to marry off their daughters, so when her husband decides they need to train as warriors, things get interesting.
When compared to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Dawn of the Dreadfuls is less heavy on the zombie slaying descriptions, which is good for people like me, who don't love the guts. At the very least women should read the book to find out what the "Fullcrum of Doom" is and how, with one strategic kick, you can defend yourself.
For more information check out the official Dawn of the Dreadfuls page. Wait, I didn't even tell you the best part! Go here, in the comments section mention that you heard about Dawn of the Dreadfuls on Alpha Scout and you could win prizes! Participants will be automatically entered to win one of 50 Quirk Classics Prize Packs. Each Prize Pack, with a retail value of more than $100, will include:
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So there you have it. The only way things could get more exciting would be if you were out there slaying zombies yourself. And unless you're professionally trained, I really don't recommend it.