The third book in the Ex series, this one probably ties for my favorite with the first book despite the lack of focus on some of my favorite characterThe third book in the Ex series, this one probably ties for my favorite with the first book despite the lack of focus on some of my favorite characters. Fans of the series won't be let down by this book, however new readers would definitely benefit from reading the first two books, if they want to avoid spoilers for those books.
I believe I like this book as much as the first because it shows a progression of the main characters and actions taken in previous books having repercussions in this one in a way that I find refreshing....more
Loved the story! I love novels that keep me up past my bedtime because I just need to read the next chapter. This was one of those novels.
Parasite isLoved the story! I love novels that keep me up past my bedtime because I just need to read the next chapter. This was one of those novels.
Parasite is the first in a duology, that is to say a two book series, about a medical breakthrough that revolutionizes futuristic medicine. A world where nobody suffers from allergies, accidentally miss their medication, or suffer from germ related diseases. A low cost medical treatment available to the rich and poor, all in the form of a tiny pill, taken every two years, which grows a tiny genetically modified parasite in your intestines.
But what if those parasites decide they're tired of riding around in automated meat cars and want to get into the driver seat?
Parasite is full of everything fans of Mira Grant's previous series, Newsflesh, has come to love. Mad science, conspiracy, relatable human (and surprisingly relatable inhuman) characters, and much more. A believable world built around a fantastic premise that keeps the pages turning.
If I have one complaint it is that one of the primary mysteries is rather easy to guess but remains a secret to the characters for for most of the novel, which some readers may find frustrating. It is not unlike when you're screaming at the person in the horror movie to stop being stupid and realize that they're in a horror movie, but they just won't listen. That being said, the book is hardly predictable. The ending revealed several interesting twists that I personally feel more than made up for the primary mystery being somewhat easy to figure out, and will certainly make the second book very interesting.
If I have two complaints, which I really don't, it is that this story is very much the first in a pair of stories, and having to wait a year for the sequel will be somewhat excruciating. Really it's a compliment in the disguise of a complaint and one should not simply "wait for both books to be out". You'll get much more enjoyment out of discussing what might happen next with your friends, then having to sit there and let them talk in code about the book in order not to spoil you, believe me you.
Overall I highly recommend this book to all Mira Grant fans. If you've never read any of Mira Grant's amazing mad-science fiction thrillers/horrors, you could do worse than starting with this book. If you're a fan of mad science, sci-fi thrillers, dogs, "lovable" psychopaths, and conspiracies, this novel is right up your alley....more
Another Newsflesh novella set during the time of the Rising (See Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella), this one focuses on a very specific event that happeAnother Newsflesh novella set during the time of the Rising (See Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella), this one focuses on a very specific event that happened at the same time as the Rising, Comic Con 2014. Fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy and more will be all too familiar with famous convention, known for drawing thousands to San Diego for a weekend of fandom and fun.
Then add zombies.
The novella follows a reporter as he interviews and pieces together the the events of the Rising inside Comic Con, and the last stand of the California Browncoats....more
Fun read. Interesting premise. The main character was interesting and had a great character arc. Th climax made me read the entire ending in one foe dFun read. Interesting premise. The main character was interesting and had a great character arc. Th climax made me read the entire ending in one foe despite being tired which gives the book high marks for me. If I had one nitpick it is that that the ending tied itself up nicely a little quickly. Othwise I'm very glad to have read this book....more
Blackout is the third book in the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant. To give a quick overview of the series, the first book, Feed, was about politics, blBlackout is the third book in the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant. To give a quick overview of the series, the first book, Feed, was about politics, blogging, and zombies. The second book, Deadline, was about blogging, conspiracies, and zombies. This final book in the trilogy is about conspiracies, mad science, and zombies.
Set in the near future after a zombie apocalypse, the world has mostly managed to stave off humanity's extinction through careful and excessive use of medical scanning technology. Every mammal in the world carries in it a virus that, upon amplification, turns them into flesh eating zombies. Everyone has the potential to amplify. Humanity, instead of risking another viral outbreak, adapted. Physical contact was kept to a minimum. Medical scanners that could determine if someone was in the midst of amplifying were distributed everywhere, and scanning has become required in order to get in to just about anywhere, including your shower. The internet, and blogging in particular, has become one of the most popular forms of social interaction.
This is the world that our protagonists, Georgia Mason and Shaun Mason were born in. This is the only world they know. But when they receive the chance to follow a Republican candidate on the campaign trail as the first official blog reporters, they take the first steps in blowing open a conspiracy neither even knew existed.
Rise up while you can.
As a personal note, this is NOT a series that should be read out of order. And looking up summaries of the second and third book will contain major spoilers for the first book and the entire series. It is highly recommended you start with this book first: Feed(Newsflesh, Book 1). If you prefer something shorter, there is a novella Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella that accounts for some background of the world, although it may not have as much impact without the context of the main trilogy. For people already finished with the main series, I highly suggest the novella....more
A fun read. I devoured it quickly. After the 11th graphic novel, I was worried Fables wouldn't be able to recover the grand stories it had managed toA fun read. I devoured it quickly. After the 11th graphic novel, I was worried Fables wouldn't be able to recover the grand stories it had managed to tell under its original premise but this, combined with the prior graphic novel, proves the Fables story has plenty yet to tell....more
DEADLINE is the sequel to FEED, the book about Politics, Blogging, and Zombies. DEADLINE is not about Politics, Blogging, and Zombies. It is about ConDEADLINE is the sequel to FEED, the book about Politics, Blogging, and Zombies. DEADLINE is not about Politics, Blogging, and Zombies. It is about Conspiracies, Zombies, and Blogging. The second novel in a trilogy, DEADLINE once again introduces us to a post-apocalyptic future where humanity survives, in fear of, a zombie plague. Where FEED introduced us to the world and it's politics, giving us a glimpse into conspiracies that run a zombie infested America, DEADLINE jumps right into the conspiracy and hauls the reading along for the ride.
Where DEADLINE suffers, its suffers in being both the sequel to FEED and the second novel in a trilogy. The novelty of the world has worn off and we're left with the characters and plot to drive the story. The plot is somewhat ham-stringed by the book's status and the fact that the slow reveals of parts of the conspiracy were not as compelling as the further questions they raised. However, the characters, their insight, dialog, and interaction, manage to keep DEADLINE sailing smoothly in the compelling read sea....more
Easily one of the most entertaining books I have ever read.
The tag line is fun and confusing at the exact same time: A book about blogging, politics,Easily one of the most entertaining books I have ever read.
The tag line is fun and confusing at the exact same time: A book about blogging, politics, and zombies. Of course it is much more than that. Mira Grant gives us a glimpse into a future where blogging has become a legitimate journalistic endeavor and threat of a biological plague which reduces people to mindless zombies keeps everybody well cloistered behind bio-hazard sealed doors and finger pricking locks. Yet in this future, America still lives, and it still needs a President, so campaigning must continue.
I waited to read this book because the premise sounded so far fetched until a friend loaned me a copy. It is a stark reminder that any premise, no matter how odd or ridiculous sounding, can be made into a good story....more