Back of the Book:
In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as “Marburg Amberlee”—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.
It raised the dead.
Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed “The Rising,” and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.
Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:
When will you rise?
From Publishers Weekly:
Urban fantasist Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue) picks up a new pen name for this gripping, thrilling, and brutal depiction of a postapocalyptic 2039. Twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason and their colleague Buffy are thrilled when Sen. Peter Ryman, the first presidential candidate to come of age since social media saved the world from a virus that reanimates the dead, invites them to cover his campaign. Then an event is attacked by zombies, and Ryman’s daughter is killed. As the bloggers wield the newfound power of new media, they tangle with the CDC, a scheming vice presidential candidate, and mysterious conspirators who want more than the Oval Office. Shunning misogynistic horror tropes in favor of genuine drama and pure creepiness, McGuire has crafted a masterpiece of suspense with engaging, appealing characters who conduct a soul-shredding examination of what’s true and what’s reported. (May)
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Format Read: ebook
The very worst thing about this book is the ending. I won’t give it away, but I was disappointed with what happened. Not the way that it happened, but the event itself. I’m sure it will be necessary in the future books, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! There was one other minor thing I didn’t like… George (a girl) and Shaun are adoptive brother and sister that are close enough in age that it’s easier to say they’re just twins. However, there are times that there relationship seems a little incestuous. O_o I know, I know, nothing ever really happens, it’s just the way they interact isn’t how any siblings I know interact with each other. It didn’t bug me enough to not like the story though! :-p
The very best thing about this book is everything else! I love the title (it’s how I found the book, although I was looking for “Feed” by M. T. Anderson, not Mira Grant) and how simple it is. I really enjoyed the concept. I don’t read a lot of zombie books so I don’t know if it’s unoriginal, but I liked it regardless. And I absolutely adored the fact that bloggers practically replaced “real” news. I read a review that was complaining about a few things like “teenagers being listened to like adults” or experts or some nonsense. The main characters are not teenagers, guys. They’re not ancient, but they’re in their twenties and based on the background in the book they’ve gone through tons of training to be considered experts (or at least competent) in their fields and out in the field. Someone also complained about the repetition of a certain issue – due to a medical problem and tough security in most places, one of the characters is constantly asked to inconvenience herself to submit to virus tests. I didn’t find these scenes annoying the way the other person did, but they’re somewhat predictable. Either way, I love the book and gave it a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy and “Deadline” is sitting on my nook right now just waiting for me! :-D
This book will be placed under the 42 Challenge 2011, the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Futuristic/Sci-Fi Reading Challenge, the iChallenges 2011 (iFae, iWere, iWitch, iVamp), and the The Dystopia Challenge.