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.
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©2011 Mira Grant (P)2011 Hachette
Initially, I was going to give this book two stars since the first third of the book wasn't bad, if a little odd. However, I reserve one star reviews for books that I cannot finish. Now I did in fact finish this book. but only because I was reading it with someone, and they kept pressuring me to finish it, since if he could, I could too. Now let me try to impart upon you why I hated this book.
It is hard to decide where to begin, well I guess I'll start with the drinking game I made up (though thankfully did not play) for it so that I could tolerate it more.
Take one drink if:
The word "coke" is mentioned (Warning, there are at least 49 instances of this in the book)
Any time it is referenced that Georgia is dead
A character gets a blood test and it is described (I do not advise following this rule...you may very well die)
Kelley is abused for no real reason other than the characters a jerks
Take two drinks if:
Mahir is woken up or is half dead exhausted
It is mentioned that Shaun's parents only thought of him and Georgia as a ratings stunt
Buffy is described as being a great technological wiz (SHE'S DEAD!)
Buffy is mentioned as betraying them (she really didn't, not directly anyway)
Take three drinks if:
"Mahir is the head of the newsies"
Any allusion to the [technically not] incestuous relationship Shaun and Georgia had.
You are given the backstory of a dead character.
As you can see from the drinking game, this book is repetitive. It is repetitive in the language and word choice. Not only that, it is also repetitive in the plot. Basically you will have a few chapters of them sitting around talking or doing nothing sensible, then something big will happen, then someone will die, then they have to escape. This happens three times, and that is the book.
As for that repetitiveness, why are half the repetitions about characters that died in the previous book?
On the topic of the characters, they are still kind of flat like the first book, but they at least start out different. By the end of the book however, I couldn't tell what character was talking at any given time because all their personalities melded into one. Needless to say, I stopped caring about any of the characters left alive.
The reason I read books is usually for the story, I love stories, and am VERY tolerant of them. But this book was awful. The plot is driven by asinine decisions, stupid reasoning, or just the random will of the author, not the characters, the author. The characters don't ever seem to have any legitimate reason for doing things, and this leads to plot holes. Big, massive, moon swallowing, plot holes. Please direct yourself to the drinking game, I used square brackets incorrectly in it. The thing is, square brackets are best used in news reporting as a way of adding something to clarify a quote that wasn't actually said. This is kind of news media 101. The funny thing is, that even though all the protagonists in this book are somehow linked to reporting the news, they stop doing it. They probably don't know how to use brackets. My only assumption is that the KA virus makes people stupid, manic, or neurotic. They get some huge Earth shattering news that everyone should know about so they can be saved. Do they report it the first time? nah. How about the second bit of news? Nuh-uh. The third or 4th bit of news, how about the bit that could save MILLIONS. Noooope! Really? It is insinuated that that would put them in more danger with the people trying to kill them. THe people that are spying on them. The people that know where they are and have lots of resources to kill them. I ask you, wouldn't telling the world about why they are trying to murder you actually protect you? I mean they couldn't hide your deaths then, and they'd probably be worried about getting murdered themselves.
Also where are the best buds from book one, you know the ones that are now president and vice president?
The long story short on what my issue with the book is that nothing changed. This is the middle book of a trilogy. The only things that changed from the end of Feed and the end of Deadline is that the reader knows two small bits of information and the cast is a little different. If I had messed up and read book one then book three, I would not have missed out on anything. In the large scheme of things in the world, absolutely jack happened that couldn't be summed up with an en medias res first chapter of the third book. SIGH
PS: And the award for the MOST awkwardly written sex scene ever goes to this book.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Contrary to the first book here we are mostly left with the brother narrating this story. The actual voice actor does a tremendous job making him sound believably and sometimes humorously cynical. The narrator carries this book bringing Sean, the brother, to life. But far too often he just comes across as bitter and a little unlikeable. The story tries for a playful tone and occasionally succeeds. One of the only interesting parts of this book is a novel plot device the author uses to add a character. The middle book of this trilogy is the weakest by far of the three. I bought them all so I'm forcing myself listen to them. If you liked the first book you'll be a bit disappointed by the second one.
Mira Grant Makes involves you with her characters. She has a talent for making you interested in them from the moment they are introduced. With this second book in the series she does an amazing job of continueing this and leaves you salavating for the next book. If you have not listened to, or read the first book do so before downloading this one so you can enjoy the full experience of the worls she creates. You will not be dissapointed
This second book in the trilogy is even better than the first! The characters continue to have depth; the conspiracies are even more chilling. I was not too fond of the narration in the first book, but Chris Patton does an amazing job in Deadline! I can hardly wait for the third book to come out.
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You’d be forgiven for classifying this series under “medical thriller” instead of “zombie” and quite frankly it’s the only reason I read it. Zombies and monsters and vampires and werewolves are SO NOT my thing.
When I bought Book 1, based on the synopsis I somehow got it into my head that it was a medical thriller and I found that piece quite interesting! I didn’t realize it was a zombie book at first, and had I known I never would have bothered to continue.
Overall I enjoyed the story so I was pleased that I was duped into it… and perhaps it has introduced me to a new genre, gently easing me into the World of The Undead. I don’t think zombie-lovers would like this book that much because of the lack of zombie-action but for me this was a definite plus.
I was mostly intrigued by the medical thriller side of the story and that kept me going through all the things I didn’t like about this book:
•I don’t like Shaun (the main character). Too much repressed anger; it gets tedious.
•Too many snarky side comments and sarcastic quips. A few can be funny, but this just felt whiny after a while. It missed the “ humorously cynical” mark.
•Lots of filler which felt unnecessary to me; get to the point already!!!
•The whole general set-up with blog excerpts etc, I didn’t mind it so much in Book 1 - but I’m over it now.
I decided that 2014 would be my year to continue (or even complete) series I started so I was game for Book 2 but since I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped, I have low expectations that I will ever bother with Book 3. I think instead I’ll move on to “Parasite” by the same author.
Dystopian. I want more!
Yes, Because it freaking awesome!
The characters you find yourself so attached to the all.
Can't choose and this is no cop out really I loved all of them.
The news isn't always good!
YES!!!! I want the next one NOW!! My Brain almost exploded when it ended.
Shaun trying to live his life after what happened in Feed. He has a "odd" way of handling it. I won't say more because I don't reveal spoilers. Read Feed first.
Besides Feed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and probably Zoe Martinique Investigation series.
The last couple chapters are great and stunning.
A scene where a character in the first book betrays our main characters. Just how deep is this conspiracy?
Several reviewers have had issue with the change in narrators. The female narrator isn't heard very much, so it's no loss there. The male is different, but I believe it works because the Feed male narrator is jokey and goofy and the Deadline narrator is more serious, since the events in Feed have changed him. I think both narrators did good jobs.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I did read the first book in this series. - and I liked it well enough - but it doesn't hold a candle to this one... not even close. The first book was more like an adventure story set in a world that had zombies, this one is a zombie apocalypse conspiracy theory - it's darker, scarier and much better plotted/paced than the first book. And did I mention that it's scarier?? It's not scarier because it's more horrifying or gory, but because you'll wonder "what if scientists could really do any of this'?
This story doesn't spend so much time meandering and focuses much more clearly on the horribleness of the source of the zombie apocalypse. And the explanation for the zombies was well-done, believable, and terrifying. You know... I'd even go nearly as far as to say that you don't have to read the first book at all - other than one recurring character playing an odd role (and a nice twist), the stories are pretty independent.
This book doesn't spin off into unrelated tangents, and the characters take reasonable actions to deal with the situations they find themselves in, for the most part. Sure, they're extremely lucky to get away with everything they manage to get away with, but, really, there has to be some suspension of disbelief in a zombie book...
No doubt at all that I'll be buying the next book in this series.
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.
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