Review: Dead Set

Nov •  29 •  2013

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Dead SetDead Set by Richard Kadrey
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Harper Voyager on October 29th 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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After her father’s funeral, Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over. But life’s not so easy, the money is tight, and a new school brings trials. Fortunately, she has an escape: her dreams. A world of freedom and solace removed from the loneliness and anxieties of real life, Zoe's dreamscape offers another, more precious, gift: It is the only place where she can spend time with her closest companion — her lost brother Valentine.

Yet something is very wrong. An unfamliar — and univited — presence has entered her private realm to threaten Zoe and Valentine, a disturbing turn of events that is compounded by an impossible discovery. A chance encounter at a used record store where the grooves of the vinyl discs hold not music, but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. Now, the shop’s strange proprietor is offering Zoe the chance to commune with the father whose passing took a piece of her heart. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then...

How far into this eerie world will Zoe go to discover what she truly needs? And once she does, will there be enough left of her to come back?

I picked up this book being how different the plot seemed. It certainly drew my attention.

Plot: What if you lost a loved one and was able to see their life through a record that held their soul? What would you give to have one more chance to talk to them? This plot is really good and holds the reader well. I enjoyed getting caught in able to see the loved one once more. Of course in a world where this is able to happen, there is a price. A price that could cost Zoe her life.

Friendship/Family: This story captures a lot about family and friends. The grieving process is hard for Zoe and her mother. Zoe  is mostly confined to herself. She does have a few friends who really get to know her. These characters play important parts in Zoe’s life in learning important life lessons and learning to let go. They also help her in her time of need and helps Zoe understand her mother. I adore that Zoe is very involved with her  mother. Though it may not seem like it at first, but they hold on to each other for comfort.

Ending: I felt like the ending was very fitting and well executed. I really enjoyed the story till the last page. The fighting for life at the end made my heart race!!

This is a great story of sacrificing anything to have that one last chance. Delivering a heart-racing story that is enticing, Dead Set is great.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. This one is new to me but it sounds really interesting! It sort of reminds me of THE ARCHIVED. I’m loving that cover. I think I’ll have to read this. Great review!

  2. Giselle
    Nov 29, 2013

    This is a new one to me. It sounds really good and I love that it focuses on friends and family, too! Great review! 🙂

  3. Candace
    Dec 3, 2013

    This one sounds interesting. You’ve piqued my curiosity, I’ll have to watch for more reviews of this one!