The best things about this book are the synopsis and the cover. And, unfortunately, the cover looks like it’s been taken from the CW TV show The ArrowThe best things about this book are the synopsis and the cover. And, unfortunately, the cover looks like it’s been taken from the CW TV show The Arrow – the profile reminds me a lot of Stephen Amell’s character.
I have to say from the outset that I could not finish reading this book (and it was only 154 pages long, so I think that says a lot). I tried, I really did. But after the fourth prologue and the fourth switch from third person to first I just couldn’t take it any more. I was swallowing the silly little grammar mistakes that should have been spotted long before the final edit (the use of “your’s” instead of “yours” and “who” instead of “which” are two that spring to mind; not to mention the random commas where they shouldn’t be and the missing commas where they were needed!), but the many many prologues (written in first person) placed after every couple of chapters was crazy.
The character was odd – in the first person prologues I found him interesting and engaging, but when the storytelling switched to third person, which it did for the chapters, I found him whiny and annoying. The writing was uncomfortable and, at times, boring. I could skip entire pages of descriptions and still not miss anything of the plot.
I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn’t to be. But, with some work on the grammar and cutting out some of the long-winded descriptions would go a long way to making it far more enjoyable a read. (originally posted on http://crowfiction.com...more
I hate finishing a series of books (even while I devour it to find out what happens as fast as I can). There’s always some sense of loss for a littleI hate finishing a series of books (even while I devour it to find out what happens as fast as I can). There’s always some sense of loss for a little while and you have to come out of the world you’ve immersed yourself in and return to reality.
I finished Blackout this morning. Another page-turning escapade for Shaun and Georgia Mason. After reeling from the WTF moment at the end of Deadline, Blackout continued the fast pace with its twisting and turning plot lines and constantly trying to guess what was going to happen next.
It was a good book, a truly inspired series, but I find I’m still slightly disappointed with the end. The three books built up to a huge conspiracy that once they discovered it seemed to waver. The tightness of the writing seemed to drift away toward the end of the book and I’m left feeling a little let down. For me, it felt like it wasn’t answered – I was left wanting to know what happened afterward, what were the far-reaching effects and the answers didn’t come.
I said in my review of Feed that the ending is one that leaves you shell-shocked. Well, I lied. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s a definite “What the fI said in my review of Feed that the ending is one that leaves you shell-shocked. Well, I lied. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s a definite “What the fuck did you just do?” moment to the ending of book one of the Newsflesh series, but no, now I’ve finished Deadline, shell-shocked wasn’t what I felt. I know that now because I’m sitting here reeling from the ending of Deadline.
Where Feed was written from Georgia Mason’s perspective, Deadline is written from Shaun’s and it was one I was really looking forward to. Georgia paints Shaun as a risk-taking nutcase for the majority of the time, so it was good to know we were going to delve into his mind for the second book of the series. And oh what a tangled mess it is.
If you haven’t read Feed, you need to do so before reading the rest of this review. Go on, I’ll wait. . . For those of you who have already read it, are we ready?
Deadline starts similarly to Feed, with someone poking sticks at zombies – this time it’s not Shaun though, he’s just the one telling us about it. If you thought Feed was complex in its story, Deadline is twice that. The plot weaves in and out with dexterity, keeping you guessing while giving you just enough for each part to keep you turning the pages.
Mira takes what she started to develop in Feed and takes it to a whole new level in Deadline. The characters are padded out further, you meet new ones, say goodbye to some along the way and, all the while, you’re right there with Shaun questioning what the hell is going on, who’s doing it and why!
And then you go into the final chapter, unaware of what you’re about to read and. . . oh. . . my . . . god….. time to open Blackout and find out the truth!
I don’t usually read zombie-based fiction, my preference runs more to vampires or werewolves; I don’t even watch zombie movies really; but there was sI don’t usually read zombie-based fiction, my preference runs more to vampires or werewolves; I don’t even watch zombie movies really; but there was something about the blurb for Feed that caught my eye and just wouldn’t let me go until I’d picked up the book and read it. I will admit to going into the book less than enthusiastically, questioning my own reasoning behind buying it in the first place but I guess my subconscious knows me well!
I was hooked into this story from the start – I suppose it helps that it involved bloggers and online communities, and that’s a big interest in mine anyway. George and Shaun are extremely well developed characters and book one is written from George’s (Georgia) point of view. If you go into this book expecting a Walking Dead zombiefest, you’ll be disappointed. It’s not a zombie-a-page gorefest, but is a cleverly written book involving Presidential candidates, murder and blogging journalists (George, Shaun and Buffy) reporting everything as it happens.
You’re probably thinking that it doesn’t sound like the most exciting book on the planet, but the description is deceptive. George’s commentary as she tells her story is written in such a way that it pulls you in, makes you invest in the characters you meet throughout and leaves you shellshocked at the end.
If you want to dip your toes into a zombie-based fiction but aren’t convinced that you are ready for the gore of most, then this is a good starting point.
Highly recommended. Just starting book two and will review once I’m done!