Saturday, June 11, 2011
CBR III Review #68: Deadline (Newsflesh, Book 2) by Mira Grant
Obviously this review is going to contain spoilers for Mira Grant's novel Feed.
Deadline picks up a little less than a year after Feed. Shaun Mason is slightly crazy. He constantly is getting advice from his sister Georgia. The only problem with that is Georgia was murdered at the end of Feed so now Shaun is just hearing voices (well voice). Shaun is in a great deal of pain after Georgia's murder and Shaun has withdrawn from life. Poor Shaun no longer even gets thrills out of taunting zombies for ratings, but Shaun's own zombie existence comes to an end when a supposedly dead CDC researcher shows up in his home and claims their is a larger conspiracy than the one Georgia died for to uncover.
Deadline is part zombie novel, part murder mystery, part governmental conspiracy, and part medical thriller. The story reads as if Robin Cook and Max Brooks threw their novels into a big pot and stirred until the Newsflesh series came out.
I can't express how much I enjoyed this series so far. It has had it's problems. For example, I was not too thrilled with how the novel ended (with two different story lines). I felt like it was a cheap trick even if it was a hell of a cliff hanger. I'll reserve my judgement on the final two chapters of Deadline until I read the final installment in the series when it comes out sometime next year.