Zombies are a great thing of the imagination- but epidemiology is even sexier (sorry MSI). And it was only a matter of time until a great scientific m...moreZombies are a great thing of the imagination- but epidemiology is even sexier (sorry MSI). And it was only a matter of time until a great scientific mind (or an insane mind who is excellent at research and well educated) took on the task of making it all make sense.
Mira Grant has a slightly unhealthy obsession with zombies and viruses, but this doesn't bog the book down. Instead the book is deeper and more human than any other zombie story I have read. It shows how humans take everything in stride and society wont just shut down when these things happen. The economy recovers and the government continues. It's how humans work. And in the middle of all of this is bloggers.
The book follows George and Shaun Mason. George (the sister (it's a nickname)) writes news while her brother writes action and the book follows them as they follow a political campaign. Don't be fooled by the politics though. The characters and plot keep everything perfectly paced. But the best part? The brother and sister relationship. It's perfect. The duo operate together, lives completely entwined. At one point George (the whole book is first person narration) explains that under normal circumstances their relationship would seem excessive and unhealthy. But when zombies are a constant threat and their job is to be in the midst of the infected mob? It's understandable why they look out for each other so much.
Defining moment: Before entering any building people must take blood tests to reassure that no one is infected. The Mason's do this in their garage and should the house detect an infection it sets fire to the garage to eliminate any carriers. Naturally, everyone else does this alone, in case you get caught in the flames meant for someone else. However, this set of siblings decided early that one gone meant the other would want to be too. So together they enter each and every time... And thus the neighbors start calling center for child protection complaining that the parents are risking the children's lives.
Their interaction with each other was most likely the best part of the book and that relationship left no room for romance (which was quite refreshing) yet the whole thing stays surprisingly realistic. I have to say though, I was on the fence with this book until the end when I was sobbing and walking around like the dead after the ending. Only then did I realize how connected I had become to the characters. Overall, an amazing book and one I highly recommend.
I know this is a book I will be re-reading every chance I get.(less)
This is hard to say about my favorite author, but no. This book didn't stand anywhere near her others, especially not her books under Mira Grant. Veri...moreThis is hard to say about my favorite author, but no. This book didn't stand anywhere near her others, especially not her books under Mira Grant. Verity is flat and one sided, always sarcastic and constantly snarky. We don't get to see her change and her dialogue is right out of a cheesy movie. She comes straight out of a bad draft that could really use some editing and her personality needs serious development.
The concept, however, is pretty impressive and very fun to follow! With your average fairy tale creatures getting the treatment they deserve: they are being studied and Verity does her best to protect even the worst ones. Better yet, we learn how these fictional beasts operate, how their bodies are different than humans, and how they affect the city, and its inhabitants, around them. If I didn't have to listen to the main character and had another, much more interesting, well-rounded narrator, I would be behind this 100%.
But over all, it was hardly worth the read. The ideas really are there, but the main character is desperate for an air of mystery but tells her biggest threat and deadliest enemy far too much only to get the information to the reader. Ouch. Listening to this character talk about how great she is, despite constant reminders other wise is just hard to read.
Far fetched and awkward personalities aside, I have high hopes for this series, if only because I love this author and have seen what an amazing writer she can be. (less)