Series: Newsflesh #2
Published by Orbit on June 1st 2011
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
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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.
“A martyr’s just a casualty with really good PR.”
Deadline picks up a few months after the events of the first novel. With the original team from After the End Times essentially decimated, Shaun Mason is a man with only one goal in mind – to avenge his sister Georgia’s death. When a supposedly dead CDC researcher shows up on his doorstep, Shaun may have the ammunition he needs to get his revenge. If only he can act sane enough to accomplish it. I really enjoyed reading from Shaun’s perspective, and learning how he’d fare without his sister at his side. The other employees of the blog get way more page time and develop into interesting characters in their own right. Even though it’s been a while since I’ve read Feed, Mira Grant’s writing makes it easy for me to catch up that I immediately was able to get hooked on this story.
What I enjoyed most about this novel was having the POV from Shaun’s perspective. I didn’t dislike Georgia’s voice but found it difficult to really get into, and it wasn’t until things picked up in Feed that I became more invested in the story. There’s just something about Shaun Mason I can identify with (personality wise), and makes it easier for me to become invested in the story. Part of this may have to do with Shaun becoming my favorite character from the first novel, and enjoying how much he’s changed from one book to the next. I can’t wait to see what happens to him in the final book, and how Grant plans to end this story.
“And to those who would choose the safety of inaction over the danger of taking a stand, I have this to say:
You bloody cowards. May you have the world that you deserve.”
Another aspect of this novel I really loved was how quotable it was. Maybe it’s all the crazy going on in the world at the moment, especially in my government, that I was able to draw many unsettling parallels to this story. Many terrifying world events are told by the media these days, and I can definitely see how fear could cause people to cower in their homes while the world falls apart. We live in scary times, and what gave me hope was seeing a group of people standing up for their beliefs. Much like people have around the world. Dystopian fiction has never been more popular than it is today, and I think because those who’ve read it can recognize when politics shift in such a way that could lead our own world into its own dystopia.
The Newsflesh Trilogy may be a dystopian fiction with loads of zombies, but much like The Walking Dead, the series isn’t about zombies, but how mankind deals with their dire circumstances. Even though the zombies do cause mayhem, it’s the survivors who turn out to be the true monsters. If you’re looking for a gory book filled with zombie hoards, then this series isn’t for you. Instead, it’s for people who prefer their horror to be carried out mostly by humans, and not conventional monsters. While there is action in this series, it’s mostly character-driven, which makes it more interesting in my book.