Monday, 26 October 2015

Review: The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch
by Daniel Kraus
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 656
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 27th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down on the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected.

His second life will be nothing like his first.

Zebulon's new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there, he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. Love, hate, hope, and horror—Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?

Ambitious and heartbreaking, The Death & Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire is the epic saga of what it means to be human in a world so often lacking in humanity.

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was absolutely divine - a fresh read that was stimulating for the imagination. Daniel Kraus' first installment in Zebulon's saga was deliciously addicting and heartbreaking all at once, a novel I highly recommend teens and adults read.

"Zebulon? So sophisticated for one so young." 
I shrugged. "Last name's Finch."

It's May 7th, 1896 when Zebulon Finch is gunned down by the shores of Lake Michigan. Mere moments later he is mysteriously resurrected. In his new found existence, the cunning and charming immortal seventeen year old begins to travel and experience young america. Along the way, Zebulon meets an array of quirky and fascinating characters, falls in love and witnesses utter devastation, knowing well that while everything around him will grow and change, that he will not.

"Fun facts for your enjoyment, Dearest Reader! I do not eat. I do not exercise. I do not sleep. I do not bleed."

Although a shocking 656 pages, I was unmoved by it's length and excitedly anticipated reading Daniel Kraus' latest. Upon beginning the prologue, I instantly found myself falling in love with Zebulon's narrative voice. His suave dialogue and cunning choice of words charmed me, and was almost purposely flirtatious. I would describe it as being one of the best experiences I've had reading a retelling of events from a character's perspective. From a war torn city to a loving embrace, Zebulon easily swayed my emotions with each new chapter in his life - I was wholesomely invested through his ups and downs.

Daniel Kraus' development of Zebulon Finch, although extraordinary, wasn't the only character to completely suck me in. Characters like Dr. Whistler, Wilma, Merle, and Margeaux, added a meaningful spin to Zebulon's growth throughout the novel. It was wonderful seeing the important roles these characters would take in Zebulon's life and how their relationships (romantic or otherwise) would set the tone for much of the tale's developments.

Despite it's arduous length, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was an extraordinary adventure! Zebulon Finch was a first-rate character that dazzled and wowed, begging the reader to fully submerse themselves and devote their time to his tale. I highly anticipate the second installment!

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. This was one of the books on your 'October Fresh on the Shelf' and I've been intrigued about it since I spotted it on the list. Excellent review Wendy and thank you for always sharing your thoughts.

  2. The first volume of the Zebulon Finch series sounds promising! Great review Wendy!

    A book on an immortal who isn't a vampire, werewolf, fairy or whatever other supernatural paranormal beings there are out there.

  4. Strangely I've never heard of THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH however it sounds very interesting.

  5. Great review

  6. Will def. check it out!

  7. I am so glad you liked it! I am starting this one soon and it looks so good!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  8. I had not heard about this book, and then in one week it started popping up all over the internet, the more I read about it the more intrigued I was about the story. The fact that this seems like such a promising beginning to a good series makes me excited to try out this book. It sounds like despite it being almost 700 pages, you can't tell because you are so engrossed in the story. Thanks for the review :)