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The year is 2014, the year everything changed. We cured cancer. We cured the common cold. We died.

This is the story of how we rose.

When will you rise?

Countdown is a novella set in the world of Feed.

Word count: ~19,500
ebook, 105 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies-r-bitey
come back, alfonso!

okay, another quickie mini-review for another mini-book i free-read on the work-nook last week.

no more dashes in the entire review, i promise.

this little novella chronicles the events leading up to feed and deadline (oh, and blackout which i want to come out now please). and once again, mira grant has rocked my world. it is a split-viewpoint (damn you, dash!) story, where the perspectives of scientists, eco-terrorists, the first victim, a dog, doctors, reporters, and citizens
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
This will seem like an odd thing to say, but the Newsflesh world is my world. I would love to live there with George, Shaun, Buffy and the rest of the characters. Yes, yes, I’m well aware of the zombies, but I honestly don’t care. Given the choice, that’s where I’d want to be.

The point of my little confession is that I welcome every word Mira Grant decides to write. This is not a novella per se because it doesn't have a single storyline, it’s nothing like Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box. Inste
Kwesi 章英狮
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, 2012, mira-grant
"People blame science. Shit, man, people shouldn’t blame science. People should blame people." – Shaun Mason

In 2009, invented by Daniel Wells, the Marburg Amberlee (Marburg EX19) can cure leukaemia. First tested to Amanda Amberlee, a young leukaemia patient in Colorado been shot with Marburg EX19 at the age of thirteen, cured from the torment of her sickness. At the age of eighteen, her life becomes normal. The world once again saw the greatness of medicine.

In 2014, invented by Alexander and Joh
Kimberley doruyter
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
i always wondered how it all started, you get cliffnotes in feed but not the whole horrible story.
and now knowing the whole terrible story, i kinda wished i didn't.
just cause you can't unknow the horror.
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bonnie by: Wendy Darling
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’There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host.’

Countdown is a must-read for fans of the Newsflesh novels. Countdown takes you back before the virus was spread, before the zombies came alive, when the world was still as vivid and vibrant as it is today. This is a super short story and left me wanting much much more, but it was still an extremely informative piece of writing that I felt was essential to tru
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
3.5 stars. If you are interested to find out more about exactly how the Kellis-Amberlee virus came in to existance then read this. I love how this author alway looks at the smallest details when explaining cause and effect.
“It began nowhere. It began everywhere. It began without a warning; it began with all the warning in the world. It could have been prevented a thousand times over. There was nothing that anyone could have done.
It began on July 18, 2014.”

Countdown takes readers back to 2014 when certain events brought about the mixing of two viruses — two viruses that alone work wonders, but combined wreak havoc. 2014 is when the Kellis and the Amberlee/Marburg cures “met”, bringing about the apocalyptic plagu
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting prequel to the newsflesh series. Books that about the beginning of an outbreak are usually more interesting for me than those about people running away from and fighting the infected.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: para-zombies
The Good: This is a must read for any Newsflesh fan, especially if your a fan of background and origin stories. We learn, in detail, how the zombies came about. The steps that led up to the outbreak. I especially loved that we got to see how the Mason parents were, before the outbreak and their total focus on stardom. The novella was told in the same format, including official documents and other outside information mixed in with the story.

The Bad: This could have been much longer, with all the
Aug 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fans of the Newsflesh series.
I always find short stories hard to review. They always seem so ... short. Consequently, they always end up compromising on characterisation. Countdown is lucky, as it's not really about people. It's about a virus - and how much characterisation do you really want for a virus? This is the prequel story to the Newsflesh trilogy. In it Grant explains how the virus came to be and how the outbreak started.

Lots of the story had been hinted at - or more - in the three novels, but it was good to have t
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is actually one of the last books I read for 2011, and I got this because I'm such a loyal reader of Mira Grant and her Newsflesh universe. Countdown is the a prequel to her story and it narrates just how the Rising happened through the different perspectives involved in the story. I liked how the story wasn't really as simple as how it seemed when Georgia talked about it in Feed. There were so many people involved, some that were already known such as the de
Keith Chawgo
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mira Grant prequel to her popular trilogy showed again what a fantastic writer with a scientific mind. With this novella, she goes back to when the virus starts and hops from place to place until all the pieces fully come together.

She has put alot of effort into the beginning of the end of civilisation and she was able to handle this with great skill. All her characters come across intelligent with extreme detail to characterisation and warmth. The evil that exists is given a three dimensional
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was alright but don't read this expecting this to be about zombies. Like, the zombies don't start til about 60% of the ebook, but the book ends at 85%, as the rest is the first chapter of Feed, as it, for some reason assumes that people are reading this who haven't read the rest, which I doubt. It doesn't really have the strength to be a standalone and I would only recommend to a fan of the series who really liked her style. This is basically a timeline of events, told in a very stark way. It ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
5 Stars

Blackout, book 3 of the Newsflesh trilogy is my most anticipated release of 2012. I am a huge Mira Grant fan and I absolutely love the first two books of this series. This is a post apocalyptic story that seems to be cut out of today's news. It is relevant in the science that it purposes. It is relevant in it's format and telling. Blogging and the internet is today's best media outlet. This series works by putting an amazing set of characters into a world not much different then ours is t
Sonja Arlow
3 1/2 stars

This novella is the prequel to Feed and as always it was full of scientifically probable explanations of a phenomena that has been written about at nauseam.

Some dystopian books are unique and enjoyable because they are so fantastical (think The Hunger Games and The Knife of Never Letting Go) and some are unique and appealing precisely because they skirt so closely along our current reality, allowing for the horrific probability that this could maybe just maybe happen one day. This ser
This is the last kind of thing I would usually read. Not that I have any prejudice against post-apocalyptic novels or dislike zombies - it's just not the genre that would usually catch my eye.
But oh boy, did I love this. Frankly, it's terrifying. It makes me want to snuggle into bed (with the next book in the series, obvz), seal every opening in my house and wait for the world to die.
Aside from the technical/sciencey aspect, which I only vaguely got because I'm totally not the sciencey type, the
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zombie geeks
So Mira Grant is pretty much the boss of zombie fiction right now, and rightfully so. She doesn't just write about nasty zombie attacks, she writes about nasty zombie attacks WITH a super-creative and intensely indepth backstory and multidimensional characters. This little e-book novella answered a lot of my questions about the series. The Alexander Kellis storyline broke my heart! I can't wait to read "Blackout", and this satisfied my craving for more Grant zombies.

I wish this was expanded into
*~Lan Lan~*
This was an interesting novella giving us a glimpse into the world that transformed into what we know to be filled with zombies, government schemes, and bloggers trying to stay alive while telling the news. I love Mira Grant's story telling and this is a great example of that.

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Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am glad I read this after I was further along in the series. After reading Feed and Deadline and seeing how George and Shaun's relationship with their adoptive parents evolved it gave insight into the Mason's.

How the virus evolved was really scary. The lack of information and misinformation made it even more frightening.

Claire  (Jst1MoreChapter)
I'm pretty new to Audiobooks, I also wanted something different in genre than the paperback I have on the go at the moment, so after a few recommendations I plumped for this

It's probably not one of the better books to listen to, there's so many dates, facts, characters who have a role but not necessarily a voice, which would all be great to read from the page... also, this genre is not a go-to for me, so I can probably not do this novella fair justice

From the info I did pick up, it seemed like a
Did you ever wonder about the lead up to Feed? Want more details about the mutated virus that ended the world as we knew it? Welcome to Countdown.

It's just a tease of the details. You get a tiny bit of how the Masons came to be who they are, but not really. You get a tiny bit of how the two mutations came to become one, but not enough. Like I said, just a tease. Plus the cuteness of Marigold. Be ready to get just a tiny bit upset once you read it.

I recommend not reading this until you've read t
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
[I read this novella as part of the Hugo Voter Packet in 2012.]

The spoilers listed below are only spoilers if you're unfamiliar with the Newsflesh universe; if you are familiar with that backdrop, nothing below will be any surprise (but then again, nothing in the novella will be either!).

This novella is actually written in a semi-similar style to the last one I read, Ken Liu’s ‘The Man Who Ended History’, and so I jumped straight in with gusto. It’s not presented as a documentary, but it’s the s
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Comments originally published here.

Apparently this novella was originally available on the author’s website and has now been released as a short ebook. I didn’t know anything about it, so was happy to see it turn up for sale.

This is the story of the actual zombie Rising that forms the background and basis of Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy. Despite not being at all into zombies, I have found that the right book – one about the science and the mystery, rather than the blood, guts and gore – can work v
Elaine Wong
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The prologue to the Newsflesh Trilogy. New and experienced readers to the world will thoroughly enjoy this, and it rates a 4.5 to me.

Separate storylines emerge in the beginning, and if you're not familiar with the history of the Rising, completely unrelated. A teenaged girl is cured of cancer; a scientist experiments with an infectious cure; a reporter sees his big break; a college group wants to be heroes; a young family enjoys summer vacation.

All this is available in teasers from other books,
Chris Torretta
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I read the Newsflesh Trilogy I was enraptured. I mean being a zombie fan why wouldn't I be? Mira Grant is a virologist and it shows. In every bit of her writing and they way she writes. This book introduces exactly how the virus, or in this case viruses, came to ruin the earth. And that's what I love the most. In many zombie books or movies there is just not enough information saying how it all happened and it can take away from the story. OR you get the authors that try to explain how it a ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I'm not sure I can write rationally about this novella because of ALL THE FEELS!!!!

These stories originally appeared on Seanan's blog as a leadup to the release of Deadline (Newsflesh 2.0). Several people have posed reviews that they were confused about how the introduction to this world could be published after the first book. That is because it's a prequel but most certainly NOT an introduction. To properly appreciate this work, you have to have at least read FEED first.

That is because this bo
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, favorites
This fantastic prequel to Feed details the events surrounding the Rising. Although most of the major information was covered in Feed itself, these vignettes put a more human face on the story, as well as giving the perspectives of the viruses themselves. The standout character is Alexander Kellis, whose relationship with his husband is strained by his relationship with his research, the research that would unwittingly lead to the end of the world. We also get a look at the pre-Rising Masons, w ...more
This book serves as a prequel to the Newsflesh Trilogy. It fills in the details of The Rising beyond what we've learned from the characters in Feed and Deadline. It also rehashes a lot of information that we already have as readers, if you've read the first book in the series. That's not entirely a bad thing. There's a lot of drama to be had in a tragedy that you can see coming while the characters can't. Still, it was a tad frustrating, at times, to be so far ahead of the characters' learning c ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Newsflesh Trilogy
Shelves: short-stories
Following important characters such as Dr. Alexander Kellis, Dr. Daniel Wells, Dr. William Matras and Micheal and Stacy Mason (no idea who these people are? I'd recommend you go read Feed) as well as a couple of other people, as we see how Kellis-Amberlee came to be and the start of the Rising. Personally, I never gave it five stars because I felt it ended too quickly. I would have liked to see a little more. But I guess that's what you get with a short story. It's worth reading though, if you'r ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“The Real Beginning…”

The 0.5 Story of the NewsFlesh Trilogy. Reading this short story makes everything clear to me now, how it all began the people behind the Kellis-Amberlee virus, how the outbreak began.

It is such a shocker that the man behind creating the cure for cancer and the common cold was like Dr. Frankenstein. All of his life’s work ended up bad for people and there is no stopping it.
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Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp C

Other books in the series

Newsflesh (4 books)
  • Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)
  • Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)
  • Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)
  • Feedback (Newsflesh, #4)
“There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host.” 20 likes
“People blame science. Shit, man, people shouldn’t blame science. People should blame people.” 9 likes
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