Zombies in the East End sets place in 1876 in London during a brief zombie outbreak. It’s a paranormal steampunk book with a lesbian romance. It follows Billie, a six foot bouncer with a robotic hand, and her crush Callie, a widow who volunteers regularly to help sick and poor women as people start coming back to life with an appetite for brains.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This book was super easy to read. I read it in five hours. I thought the concept was really interesting, and I liked that the action never really stopped, besides the whole second chapter being a huge info dump. All the characters were interesting people who worked well together. But, unfortunately, that’s all the good I can say about this book.
This might be because I’ve never read a steampunk book before, but the world confused me. Billie stands out for wearing masculine clothes, and it’s hard for her to be a doctor since she’s a woman and that’s not common, but there’s advanced technology with robots. Vampires are an accepted part of society, but the mention of magic and zombies shocked and confused them. It just seemed a little odd to me.
I felt the writing was very choppy. A lot was summarized, and there wasn’t a lot of emotions shown. I didn’t understand the character’s logic a lot of times, and everything was solved really fast. It also annoyed me that all the bad things stopped effecting Billie when she was around Callie because Callie was simply so beautiful, and Billie wanted to see her naked. Also whenever the characters would get to know someone new, one of the first things asked about is their love life. It was odd, and not realistic.
So I give this book two stars. I felt like it had a lot of potential, but it sadly didn’t live up to it.