Author: Seth-Grahame Smith
An alternate universe where Elizabeth Bennet is a trained zombie killer? YES PLEASE. You will either hate or love this book. And much of the enjoyment of this novel depends on how much you love the original Pride and Prejudice. Essentially, this book takes the original text of the P&P and inserts a zombie storyline into it.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Never was this truth more plain than during the recent attacks at Netherfield Park, in which a household of eighteen was slaughtered and consumed by a horde of the living dead.
See what I mean?
The plot unfolds how you might expect it to with a few twists and turns but don’t expect anything revolutionary. I initially was disappointed because I thought PPZ was going to be a complete retelling of PP with changes in character and plot but it’s not. It’s less of a retelling and more of a zombie add-in.This entire book is like a running gag bordering between satire and parody. To me, it works because it never takes itself too seriously and it adds a healthy dose of humor and action to the original canon. I liked getting to learn more about how the zombies have affected each character’s life and the worldbuilding–how the zombies have infected Regency England–was just plain fun to read about.
If you like Pride and Prejudice, I recommend it! If you don’t, I would still recommend it because how could you not want to read about Lady Catherine and her dojo of ninja assassins?? Also, the movie is going to be released next year!