Deadline – Mira Grant

Synopsis: Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn’t seem as fun when you’ve lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun. 

“The one thing I have absolute faith in is mankind’s capacity to make things worse. No matter how bad it gets, we’re all happy to screw each other over. It’s enough to make me wonder if we should have let the zombies win.”

Well.. this took a hot second for me to get into! To be fair, it *has* been over 4 years since I read Feed. I truly enjoyed Feed & Mira Grant’s original take on the typical post-apocalyptic zombie novel. It set itself apart both scientifically & emotionally, for sure.

Deadline begins a year after the bonkers conclusion of Feed. This is going to be a hard review to write, because I can’t really discuss characters or plot without giving away the intense events in Feed. It’s virtually unavoidable! I’ll keep this as short as possible, in that case. (Says the writer who consistently word vomits!)

The thing with these Newsflesh novels is that they are believable. It feels like something that could actually happen. With the focus on intricately detailed science, it is obvious that there was a large amount of  technical research put into this. The worldbuilding is fucking immense & my favorite thing about this series!

My biggest issue with this was the narrative. It was such a change from Feed. The POV wasn’t nearly as captivating & the story suffered from that. There was also a huge revelation further in the book that.. just.. no. NOPE. Nuh-uh. It felt so random & disingenuous. Like it was thrown in for shock value. No thanks!

“Fuck this. Let’s just blow some shit up.”

This is only my third Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire novel, but it’s clear to me that her writing has just gotten better over time. The difference between this & Every Heart a Doorway is quite apparent. She is a beautiful writer & I’m excited to continue reading through her prolific work!

-Holly

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