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Rise: A Newsflesh Collection

(Newsflesh #0.5, 3.1-3.6)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,581 ratings  ·  259 reviews
Collected here for the first time is every piece of short fiction from New York Times Bestseller Mira Grant's acclaimed Newsflesh series, with two new never-before-published novellas and all eight short works available for the first time in print.

We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one cou
Hardcover, 644 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Orbit
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Rose No. That is a completely separate story. It doesn't take place in the "Newsflesh" world :)

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full story-by-story review completed!


it was good to revisit this story, like seeing an old friend. i'd read it so many years ago, but i still remembered all of it, which is a testament to the staying power of mira grant's imagery. and also her many wonderful turns of phrase:

Berkeley, being a university town in Northern California, had two major problems: not enough guns, and too many idiots who thought they could fight off zombies with medieval weapons they'd stolen from the history
Being back in the Newsflesh world after so. long. had me all sorts of giddy. Sure, I’ve read some of these short stories recently, but the best thing about this collection of short stories is the expectation of more to come. Feedback is coming this October and this is the perfect book to read to get a bit of a refresh and to prepare yourself mentally. More George. More Shaun. More zombies. Oh, man, is it October yet?

So, back to Rise: A Newsflesh Collection. This collection consists of eight shor
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christine Lakin and John Glouchevitch both did an excellent job of narrating these shorts. I have previously read most of the novellas, so it took me a moment to acclimate to their voices as opposed to the ones in my head.
My name is Shaun Mason, and I am not okay

Countdown- It was fun revisiting the story and is one of my favorites. Countdown introduces us to Amanda Amberlee. A girl who was cured of leukemia, and the namesake for the Amberlee Virus. A virus responsible for the apocalyptic
Holly (The Grimdragon)
“The only way anyone ever knows what matters to them is by losing it. If losing something breaks you in a way that can never be repaired, then that was what mattered. Now you know. Congrats. Try to live with it.”

Oof. And like that.. I'm done with the Newsflesh series. All of these books are fucking monsters, yet somehow I speed through them as though they were half their size. It's like I unhinge my jaw & just devour them. This series is so compulsively readable!

Rise is a collection of two previ
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Despite my immense love of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy, I’d not yet gotten around to reading the various novellas. I was definitely planning to, sooner rather than later, so I was THRILLED when Rise was announced. At that point, I decided to wait, even though I was actively rereading at about that time. I mean, new stories and the old stories all conveniently together in one whole book? SIGN ME UP.


Rise opens strongly with Countdown. “Countdown” details The Rising in small snippets, f
Kimberley doruyter
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
holy crap was this a long book, but so worth it.
if you didn't see the brilliance of mira grant's writing before you will after this.
countdown was the missing piece most people will want to read.
everglades shows how some people just can't find a reason to keep living.
she also takes readers too comic-con and down under.
it fills in alot of missing little pieces and extra bits of awesome.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
4.5 stars - it took me quite awhile to get through all these stories but I'm really glad I kept going. The stories are all great but the last couple are definite 5 stars. Love this whole series.
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Rise collects all of the Newsflesh novellas (and one short story) in one beautiful place, AND gives us two new novellas! Which is what this review will focus on, since I have reviewed all the other novellas: Countdown , San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats , How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea , The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell , and Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus .

(I did re-read "Everglades," having read it years ago, and it remains Not My Jam sto
Feb 26, 2017 marked it as to-read-asap
So here is a short list so I remember before reading this which stories I have read.
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell
Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus
All the Pretty Little Horses
Coming to You Live

So basically. Almost everything. And I have book 4 to read too. Oh joy!
I need to sort out my priorities and this is high on the list
Since this is a collection of short stories I'll write my thoughts separately for each one.

1. Countdown
How everything began. Normally, this would be the beginning of a zombie movie. We learn exactly how the virus was formed and spread. Interesting and exciting. I remember when I first read it I was annoyed with the olde trope of "damn hippies go and free the monkeys and everything turns to shit". I still am tired of it.

It was so short I barely remember it. It
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The part of my chest where my heart used to be hurts.
Loved this. I had read several of the stories before and I really enjoyed this compilation of all of the Newsflesh stories and novellas. Some standouts were "San Diego 2014: Last Stand of the California Browncoats" which made me cry again, "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell" which broke my heart.

I also loved "Please do not taunt the Octopus", the no nonsense tone of the narrator was very welcome. Any one who enjoyed the newsflesh books would definitely enjoy these stories and most of you ha
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I started the Newsflesh series in October last year, and it’s taken me almost a year to finish it and all its extended content (not counting “Fed”, the alternate ending for Feed, which is lurking somewhere in my Kindle files, possibly never to be seen again). As soon as I picked up Rise, I remembered why I had put it off for so long. It’s 800 pages of novellas and short stories (though mostly novellas), the Les Misérables of zombie fiction, except unlike Les Mis, I’m not taking the entire year t ...more
I had been avoiding reading this for ages because, while I like Newsflesh, I generally hate zombie fiction as a whole and was worried that reading about characters other than George and Shaun would kind of ruin the experience for me. As always, I should have just trusted Seanan because she uses these stories to take a lot of minor characters from the main series and make me love them just as much as everyone else! There also is one story at the end following up with George and Shaun's story. Omi ...more
Laura (crofteereader)
I hate to say that as much as I love this universe and Grant's take on the zombie apocalypse, I simply couldn't bring myself to CARE about most of the events in these stories. They seemed so peripheral and unnecessary to me. But that might have been because I read them immediately after reading the source material rather than allowing some time for the original to settle in the back of my mind. Grant is still a fantastic writer and the science is weird and interesting and the world is so much bi ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a YEAR to finish. Picking it up and putting it back down, I’m not sure why I couldn’t complete it in one swig. Overall, Rise was an amazing addition to the Newsflesh world that I loved revisiting. Though I gave it 4⭐️’s, each story was rated in its own:



San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of The California Browncoats

How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea

The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell

Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like these stories a lot more than the actual Newsflesh series. I think side stories are always more interesting than the main plot.

I kind of struggled though with my stars. Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire gets eleventy billion stars for world building always. But I really dislike a lot of her female characters. They're all super genius types with massive chips on their shoulders and affected personality traits. That gets tiring. Also, I only skimmed the last story because I'm more than a little sq
Wendy F
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Generally I’m not a fan of companion short story novels. I made one of my rare exceptions for Rise because I seriously love this world and these characters. Shawn and Georgia Mason, Alaric and Mahir… together they make up my favorite Zombie reality, that’s including the crew of Walking Dead. There’s something so inspirational about how humanity managed to triumph over the zombie apocalypse and even find a way to thrive. I’d love to see this story on the screen.

Anyway, my emotions ran the gamut w
keikii Eats Books
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Average rating: 78 points/100 (4/5 stars)

Rise is a collection of all the novellas and a short story written in the Newsflesh series. Most were published as standalones prior to their entry into this collection. While none of these are strictly necessary to read, some of them are quite worth the read anyway.

77 points/100 (4 stars/5)

Daniel Wells has been working on the Marburg-Amberlee treatment to cure cancer. Alexander Kellis is working on a cure for the common cold, but before he could
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-2016, work-reads
To be fair, I only read the two new novellas (and the short story I hadn't read before... and all the intros), so it's not like I read the whole book through. But I'd read those novellas before (and still think that what Mira Grant pulls off in San Diego 2014 is rather amazing), and I liked them all.

As for the new stories, they're pretty great. Not to give anything away, but "All the Pretty Little Horses" gives some pretty unsympathetic characters from the full novels remarkable depth and I thin
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most of these stories I've read before, but I loved rereading them! When I got to the last story I actually shrieked, I was so happy it was about them! After the first page, however, I was so depressed, I had to put the book down. Way to go, Grant..
I haven't given every story 5 stars (like How Green..), but the whole book deserves all the stars! (I wanted to reread Feed before the new book, but I don't think I can put myself through that pain again..)
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm reviewing the stand-alone ones separately because I had already read some of them.
Don't miss the introductions to ones you've already read.

I didn't really enjoy Everglades, but it's very short.

The two new ones are very good, especially All the Pretty Little Horses.

I love the first paragraph of the acknowledgments.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this series and I will continue to read every single book, novella, and short story published until the author decides to stop writing them.

There are two new stories in this collection! One about the Masons before and one about Shawn and Georgia after.
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

4.5 stars

This is a collection of stories that are set in the world of the Newsflesh series. Many of these stories have been previously released in some form, but Countdown is the only one that I was familiar with prior to starting this anthology. I really believe that this collection is a must read/listen to fans of the Newsflesh series. If you haven’t started the Newsflesh trilogy, there are some stories here that wi
Erin Mendoza
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of the Newsflesh series, this is a must read (but only after reading all 3 novels).
You get a look into what happened after Blackout.
My favorites were:
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell: This tells the origin story of Foxy, who I always thought was an interesting character. It also takes place shortly after The Rising, so you see how society is changing and dealing with this new reality.
Please Don't Taunt the Octopus: We get to visit with Dr. Abbey and see what she's up to a
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very long collection of all of the Newsflesh short pieces. Most of the surviving characters from the original trilogy appear, and new and interesting ones are introduced. Countdown is the introductory piece that introduces the apocalypse, Everglades is a very short bittersweet tale of choices, San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats is a terrific action tale that celebrates fandom, How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea shows more of the impact worldwide and is set ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller, politics
A brief note about "How Green this Land..." - I've read some reviews of this collection by readers who while praising the collection as a whole were rather bored by this story. I should extend this later but I'm very impressed by it. Especially by a major theme first set out on p.247 of this version (paperback, collected) - "Australia's conservation efforts had been well known before the Rising, and unlike most of the world - where wildlife conservation had been dismissed as a luxury of existing ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3½ stars.
Stephanie Moore
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I loved this collection so so so much. The stories expanded the world so much for me, even though they were just tiny novellas. Every single one brought some moving, tear-inducing detail to the table.

My favorite one has to be "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell". That one actually brought me to tears and made me so sad and anxious that I had to put the book down a couple of times.

My only negative for this book has to be that I forgot how weirded out by Shaun and Georgia's relationship I am.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Oh my goodness, I'm so happy to have had this in my life. This series has been a favorite of mine for a long time and I can't believe I've never read any short fiction from this world before. To those friends of mine who are reading this and haven't read Feed - do it. Do the thing. Right now.


What an introduction! I already knew most of these events from the main series, but it was kinda cool to see it in action. It probably doesn't help that I'm also reading The Stand, which is also a p
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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

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