The schizophrenic voice of the dead is a creative way to have a dual internal monologue next to the narration and keep some of the character dynamics from the first book.
However the crux of the story is uncovering a global conspiracy that doesn't make a lot of sense. The catalyst of the plot is an old friend that fakes her death to get information to a news team about a plot to murder small groups of the surviving population, but she doesn't want them to report her findings; not that there is a. possible immunity and cure for the zombie plague nor who is behind it. She goes to a crack team of reporters...to hide and keep her secrets.
It isn't that the conspiracy isn't interesting and that the characters aren't good. They are. The first book was very solid and I still look forward to the third, but this book spends less time uncovering the conspiracy than it does dealing with the baggage from Feed that wasn't resolved and setting up the events of Blackout than actually developing its own story.
At no point is it explained why the catalyst elements of the conspiracy are being executed the way they are, just that they are happening. As if saying "for power" is enough motivation to kill innocent people and keep them in fear for 27 years or that "to kill the president" is why JFK was assassinated.
Maybe it just suffers from the Act 2 Blues from a three act story. I certainly hope so.
But I really don't like this one. In the first book I felt the characters were smart and didn't do stupid things just to move the plot along. That changes here. And the ending really pissed me off. I'm not going to bother finishing the series.
Seriously a great follow up for Feed. a really great book that goes through the characters lives after the first book and the follow-up to the conspiracy from the first book. Very awesome to read and I can't wait for the third.
Deadline, the second novel in the Newsflesh trilogy, is a novel that it took me forever to work up the courage to read after Feed left me sobbing uncontrollably and in a book hangover the likes of which no book hoarder should ever have to experience. I figured Feed was so amazing, that any sequels could never live up to, but I was wrong. I loved Deadline and will never underestimate Grant’s ability to write awesome zombie thrillers.
After the mess of Senator Rymen’s presidential campaign, Shaun Mason is no longer the happy-go-lucky Irwin who lives for poking zombies with sticks. He’s quickly losing his grip on reality until a CDC scientist shows up with information that proves the conspiracy that changed Shaun’s life last year is far from over. He and his team is quickly entangled in a CDC conspiracy the likes of which the bloggers – and the post-Rising world – might not survive.
Deadline was a fast-paced, high stakes political thriller with a ton more zombie action than the first novel (Yay zombie as kicking!). It was a bit longer than the first novel, but Mira Grant mixes lengthy world building with unpredictable plot twists and the ability to make a 15 hour-long audiobook fly by until I find myself scratching my head and wondering where the hell the time went. Deadline was the perfect sequel to Feed and a bittersweet reminder that things can always get worse, especially when a sadistic author is at the helm. 😀
The narration was as exceptional as always, even though I was skeptical if I would enjoy it as much, seeing as Paula Christenson was no longer narrating. Chris Patton was an exceptional choice for the cast of Deadline and I can’t wait to listen to more from him!
If you are a fan of zombies, political thrillers, and unique science fiction experiences, you need to read the Newsflesh Trilogy! It is not a stand-alone series, however, so be sure to start with Feed first!
It's not often I find an audiobook that makes me want to spend time in the car or on the treadmill so I can finish it faster. This book was riveting. Such a great story. Stop reading my review now and just listen to it. You are wasting time that would be better spent on chapter one!
The second installment in the newsflesh trilogy totally delivered. I'm am so glad I decided to buy it and am going to buy book 3 as soon as I finish this review.
More action packed. I liked it even better than feed and left me wanting to go straight to the next book in the series.
I'm still only in my first few months of audiobooking, but Deadline is in the higher tier. I've really liked the performances for the Newsflesh books, and I've liked the books themselves a lot, as well.
Oh, come now: Spoilers.
Okay, I can do this. I would have to say that one of the most memorable moments of Deadline was George Mason, in the van outside the lab, talking to himself.
That's pretty spoiler-free, I think.
Feed, the first book in this series, surprised the crap out of me. In my review, I explain how Feed is made up of a collection of tropes and plots and stuff that I strongly dislike, as a rule. And yet I loved the book. Seanan McGuire understands reader investment and she understands her genre, and everything about the book that I am naturally inclined to hate works fantastically because of it. Deadline is no different in this respect, picking up where Feed left off and going to interesting places with it. Some of those places are surprising in their freshness, and others are gleeful in their familiarity (see: the final scene), but all are interesting. My only complaint is that, unlike Feed, the exposition in this book does have a tendency to drag, with characters repeating known information one or two too many times, or with characters failing too often to understand information that is perfectly clear. This gets frustrating, but it does not undermine the text.
If you loved the first book so much and are happy with the formula that was established and you never want it to change, this is the book for you.
It's second in the series, but a long winded senseless recap of book one. So if you miss Georgia and Buffy, don't worry they will never be far from the narrative.I finished the book but by the time I got to the second half I was able to skip chapters seemingly without skipping a beat in the narrative. They kept repeating what had happened anyway, perhaps Grant was trying to prove their frantic actions had some kind of point.
Yes, but I felt he was, for the most part, reading it in the cadence that the author would want. Shaun is an obnoxious selfish bore; and it's his book, so perhaps it couldn't be helped.
Georgia's brother, Shaun. lol.
I hate it (especially) when a female author celebrates bullying and outright physical humiliation of a lone female character (Kelly) who enters the established group, while trying to depict it as part of the "coolness" of Shaun and the other characters. I don't think the author realizes she's written a book about a group of jerks. The fear that character must have been experiencing is all I took from that scene. And the moment was prolonged beyond any the faux 'necessity' that was claimed. It was really kind of gross and inexcusable.
I finished ‘Feed,’ the first of the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant, quickly, and did not wait at all to pick up ‘Deadline.’ Grant is a master of the cliff hanger. I simply had to know what happened next. ‘Deadline’ picks up right after ‘Feed’ and is narrated primarily by Shaun Mason, everyone’s favorite Irwin. He is a changed man. The events that took place after the end of the campaign left him and the staff of ‘After the End Times’ scarred. The events, however, left Shaun in worse shape than anyone else. He hears voices in his head and he answers them. Those closest to him deal with it, but it is unsettling to those outside of his insulated circle. Shaun is no longer a carefree, devil-may-care Irwin. He has changed his focus to helping Mahir with the administration of the site despite the general roar from the public wanting him to go back to poking dead things with sticks. It’s what they love him for.
The plot of this book surrounds the CDC and their involvement, scientific methods, and potential conspiracies with the Kellis-Amberly virus(what causes humanity to become zombies). One day Doctor Kelly, Doc, shows up at Shaun’s headquarters in Oakland with information that Irwin’s don’t understand and the Newsies only are getting a glimmer of understanding before a full outbreak takes out Oakland, and ‘After the End Times’ headquarter. The assumption – it could only relate to what Doc knows, the timing of her visit, and knowing who has the power to cause this kind of incident.
Shaun and his team go completely off grid in towns that have long since been abandoned by civilization and surrendered to the walking dead. There are several people who live this way, including scientists that work outside the rules of the CDC. Shaun and his team get to know the mad scientists as they unravel what is really going on.
My rating is really more of a 3.5. The tale is more disjointed than ‘Feed.’ It does not flow as well, but it will still suck you in. It’s an intriguing book, but at times you will feel bored and other times not understand character motivation and involvement. Shaun is very changed, as I mentioned above, and it can be hard to completely sympathize with his anger, desire to stay crazy, and his lack of compassion for those surrounding him. A problem I’ve always had with characters is when they start acting like petulant children. Let me fair, however, Shaun has reason to act out.
Mira Grant is great at providing some exceptional twists. Ones I refuse to give you and ruin the surprise. All I will say is George still has a part to play, and there is one deliciously large twist at the end that raised my evaluation of the book. If you loved ‘Feed’ continue to ‘Deadline’ accepting it will not be quite as good. If you were lukewarm on ‘Feed,’ I recommend stopping here.