Synopsis: Collected here for the first time is every piece of short fiction from New York Times Bestseller Mira Grant’s acclaimed Newsflesh series, with two new never-before-published novellas and all eight short works available for the first time in print.
“The only way anyone ever knows what matters to them is by losing it. If losing something breaks you in a way that can never be repaired, then that was what mattered. Now you know. Congrats. Try to live with it.”
Oof. And like that.. I’m done with the Newsflesh series. All of these books are fucking monsters, yet somehow I speed through them as though they were half their size. It’s like I unhinge my jaw & just devour them. This series is so compulsively readable!
Rise is a collection of two previously unreleased novellas & six short stories set within the Newsflesh universe, all of which were new to me! If you haven’t at least read the three books prior to this, DO NOT PROCEED WITH THIS COLLECTION!!! I find it incredibly difficult to remain completely spoiler-free when discussing a book this far into the series. So avert your damn eyes & come back after you’ve immersed yourself in this glorious world!
This assortment of stories help to expand upon the world that Mira Grant has written. There are pieces that fill in the gaps left by the trilogy (this collection came out before Feedback.)
Zombies & mad scientists & bloggers & MOTHER FORKING ASSASSINS. The Newsflesh series truly flips the genre on it’s head. Grant’s radical blend of horror & sci-fi & politics & real-world science just fucking does it for me with its originality!
There are added introductions & brief explanations before each story in this collection, which is just everything! This is worth the read for those alone. Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant is such a brilliant storyteller. She has this way of talking to her readers as though we are friends, much like Stephen King & his Constant Readers (not to keep comparing her to the King in my reviews, but..) I would buy the shit out of a book where she discusses the process of her books, as well as what inspired them. JUST TAKE MY GODDAMN MONEY!!
“Once someone has converted into the…hell, once somebody’s a zombie, there’s no coming back. They are no longer the people you have known all your life. Head shots seem to work best. Severe damage to the body will eventually cause them to bleed out, but it can take time, and it will create a massive hot zone that can’t be sterilized with anything but fire or bleach. We have…God, we have…” He stopped for a moment, dropping his forehead into the palm of his hand. Finally, dully, he said, “We have lied to you. We have withheld information.”
My favorites were:
–San Diego 2014 (This one was especially badass! What happens when there is a zombie outbreak during a Firefly convention at Comic-Con. I mean.. what could go wrong?! GAH!!)
–The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell (Zombies.. in an elementary school. Yikes!)
–Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus (DR. ABBEY!!)
–All the Pretty Little Horses (A background story about Shaun & Georgia’s adoptive parents)
–Coming to You Live (Some closure for Shaun & Georgia!)
I’m sad to say goodbye to this series, but I’m so thankful that it ended on such a high. This is one of my favorite books of the year so far!
“When will you Rise?
And the world gave itself an answer:
Welcome to the aftermath.”