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Final Girls

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,092 ratings  ·  218 reviews
What if you could fix the worst parts of yourself by confronting your worst fears?

Dr. Jennifer Webb has invented proprietary virtual reality technology that purports to heal psychological wounds by running clients through scenarios straight out of horror movies and nightmares. In a carefully controlled environment, with a medical cocktail running through their veins, sist
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published April 9th 2017 by Subterranean Press
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Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
man, i'm so glad i didn't have to spend 40 bucks on this. not because i would have regretted the purchase if i still had disposable income to toss madly at things i love, but because the relationship between "things i want" and "things i can afford to want" is uneven and the more money i can allocate for cat chemo and rent, the fewer my panic attacks will be. so, all gratitude to the services of netgalley for people who wish they were high rollers, but are not.

this is another win for mira grant
Chelsea Humphrey
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: karen
Recently Mr. Humphrey and I watched an episode of Black Mirror where a man volunteered to be a test subject for a video game that supposedly was a realistic way of being inside the game itself. The idea was to see how long each player lasted, as the game fed on your imagination and brought your worst nightmares to life. Final Girls was based on a similar premise that I felt was a better version of that show. I really enjoyed reading this novella, so much in fact that I wish it had been longer th ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-shelf, sci-fi
Another win for Mira Grant (Seanan Mcguire). :)

This is a short psychological technothriller involving virtual reality, psychological therapy, and a bit of industrial espionage.... but if you're REALLY worried that you'll be missing out on a few nom-nom moments, don't be. This has everything we've ever wanted in a book from the horror/SF queen.

The real joy comes from both the characters and the cool explanation of how to use dreams and virtual reality together to build helpful, if fake, memories
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I haven't read a lot of Mira Grant's work, but what I have read, I've really liked. Grant writes good, compelling female heroines, and fuses science fiction and horror with an ease that I haven't really seen anyone master since Michael Crichton - and FINAL GIRLS is something out of a Michael Crichton nightmare.

Dr. Jennifer Webb is the inventor of some controversial technology that "treats" clients by having them undergo and resolve psychic
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, novella
I don't read a lot of short fiction or novellas, which is something I am trying to remedy this year. I did read Every Heart a Doorway last year and loved it, so I was pretty excited to pick up Final Girls. Even though it is not officially scheduled for release until April, you can get it now, along with a bunch of other great stuff, as part of the current Humble Bundle book bundle. Yay:)

It's a really smart and cool little horror story that even includes a reference to Buckaroo Banzai, science he
Thanks to Netgalley and Subterranean Press for providing a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

For those who don't know, Mira Grant is a pseudonym for the genius and brilliant Seanan McGuire who, over the past two years, has weaseled her way up to my top favorites list of authors. She's absolutely fantastic, and this shorty is just another shining example of how she can throw you into any situation and make you care about the characters and what's happening to them AND make you feel li
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horror is not my usual haunt but this novella sounded too interesting to miss.

Esther Hoffman is a reporter determined to expose a new experimental therapy using virtual reality as a sham, while Dr. Jennifer Webb is fighting to validate the fruit of her efforts. Add to this a case of ruthless corporate espionage, and what should have been a trial session turns into a horrific nightmare where the two women have to partner up in order to have a chance to survive.

I was impressed by Grant’s writing s
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well that was fun! I've only in the last year or two learned to appreciate novellas and this was a good one with some cool 80's references and just a solid techno-horror story.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Jennifer Webb has created an immersive shared-world VR technique that with a combination of powerful psychotropic drugs, can be used as a psychological therapy to help damaged relationships. Esther Hoffman is a reporter determined to reveal Jennifer's work as dangerous and fraudulent. While demonstrating the technology by sharing a VR experience things go horribly wrong and the fake horror movie experience becomes a deadly one instead.

Mira Grant is a fascinating creation, almost as much of a
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why yes, yes I did just spend $40 to buy a little novella. (But it's signed! And limited edition! And I <3 Mira Grant.)


Once again, Mira Grant (the pen name of Seanan McGuire) did not disappoint! I love this idea: a doctor using immersive virtual reality to deal with psychological issues. Esther, a journalist sent to investigate and report, is a skeptic.
If she couldn't save her father, she was going to save everyone else. It was redemption. It was obsession. It was the only thing she had.

thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing me with this arc. all opinions stated are my own!

esther hoffman is a skeptical journalist who's doing a piece on a new controversial, but so far proven effective, form of therapy. essentially, it's an adapted regression therapy, where patients face horror-movie scenarios in order to overcome a significant event,
Mel (Epic Reading)
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook
As always Mira Grant writes a brilliant story in the span of so few words. This one was somewhat predictable at points but that didn’t take away any of the enjoyment for me. A nice quick read that provides a glimpse into Grants writing style. If you want to test the waters with Seanan McGuire’s horror (aka Mira Grant) then I recommend trying out this story to start.
Bentley ★
Well, I'm split about this one.

I love the futuristic, science fiction element of the premise: A virtual reality technology, developed to heal psychological wounds of the user in their dreams being turned against its inhabitants by a threat in the real world.

It sounds really great on the surface because there's so many avenues a dream/nightmare can go. By their nature dreams are mysterious, shifty things that can change in an instant; the gentlest of dreams warped into vicious and frightening ni
This author's storytelling can be so fun and effortless, but the actual plot was unsatisfying and I didn't care for the ending.

Summary: Esther's a journalist. Jennifer is the scientist in charge of a virtual reality therapy treatment, wherein patients get into a pod and "live" out horror-movie scenarios that force them to confront fears or other issues. Esther decides to hop into a pod (in the name of research, and for a mild scenario she agrees to in advance) and Jennifer comes along (in the n
Final Girls is like the movie "The Cell" only without a serial killer, and with horror-movie inspired lucid dreams with zombies. It's very short, action-packed, with awesome female characters kicking butts. Loved the camp.
A must for horror fans of any kind.
Michael Hicks
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, netgalley
The horror genre can be a brilliant form of catharsis, both as a reader and a writer, and a basic way to engage our emotional centers. Horror scares us and it excites us, often while reflecting on societal fears, and can sometimes even make couples feel closer together (look up Dolf Zilmann's Snuggle Theory). But can it cure us? Can horror repair long-standing psychological issues, or fix broken inter-personal relationships? This latter scenario is the focus behind Mira Grant's latest novella, F ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this story started out SO good. It's my only Grant read to date. But I don't like that it shapeshifted into a story with zombies. I'd have loved it without that aspect. It seemed very incongruent to me.

Still, I love the ideas herein, their execution, the flawless attention to detail, the tech--all of that!!

And it was CREEPY!! But awesome resolution. So overall? A 3.5/5, but rounded UP, as the 1st 60% or so really did scare the crap out of me. And I can't resist a good horror tale. 😊

Happy re
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, horror
I would say this novella is mildly interesting. It never really grabbed me, but it was never really dull either. I found the whole "virtual reality as a therapeutic device" concept intriguing, but it wasn't enough to build a story around. If the twists had been more surprising, it would have had more impact, but nothing that happened shocked me. Don't go out of your way to read this one, but if it looks interesting to you, it might be something you'd enjoy.
Thanks to Netgalley and Subterranean P
Pretty good horror novella. Interesting sci-fi concept. The writing was a bit clunky though, which keeps it at 3 stars for me. There was a lot of repetition in the action scenes that just made them a bit annoying to read.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hey-shortie, horror
I’m 95% sure this is a Black Mirror episode
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I recently read Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant and my problem with it was that it seemed very rushed and lacked a lot of detail because it was so short. With Final Girls however, I found it to be the perfect length and nothing felt too rushed. The story itself was really interesting and I thought it was a really cool concept. It had a little bit of a horror element which I quite enjoyed. I'm definitely keen to read more by Mira Grant in the future.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So... I may have accidentally ordered the wrong book on Netgalley. Two books, same name, easy to get confused, I guess.

This book was a disaster. It was terrible. The only good thing about it is that it was relatively short (too short, frankly, to be considered a novel), but the rest of it was an eye-sore. The worst, poorest writing I have come across. No sense of pacing, non-existent charaterisation; full of expository dialogue. This kind of book is the reason why sci-fi and other genre books ge
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up because it was too good to round down

Coupled with a drug cocktail, a new type of virtual reality is helping people to heal emotional wounds by making them work through dream (and nightmare) scenarios. A skeptical journalist goes under with the doctor behind it, and things get spookier than they should when real-life problems arise.
I don't really read horror, nor do I watch much horror. What I do like, though, are playing horror games, and my first thought upon reading the p
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2017
In Final Girls, Mira Grant envisions a new kind of therapy: the horror movie. Dr. Jennifer Webb has developed a virtual reality environment where patients can safely live out horrific scenarios that are designed to address their trauma or other issues. The concept is clever and makes more sense than you might think at first. But reporter Esther Hoffman thinks it's bullshit, and she's come to learn all she can about it.

Of course, no one can be...told what the Matrix is...

After a suitable amount o
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, e-books, favorites
E se la nuova frontiera della psicoterapia fosse l'horror?

Se immergersi, con l'aiuto di un mix di farmaci e sotto rigoroso monitoraggio medico, in uno scenario accuratamente costruito utilizzando tutti i topoi del genere risanasse traumi, cancellasse fobie, ricucisse conflitti, cambiando attraverso l'esperienza (simulata, ma non per il corpo - e il corpo influenza la mente) quello che siamo, ma in modo sottile, senza modificare la nostra personalità?

E se nel mezzo di una sessione l'orrore si sca
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,Review: FINAL GIRLS by Mira Grant

FINAL GIRLS is an absolutely amazing novella, extraordinarily conceived and tautly and intricately plotted. A tapestry of near future science, virtual reality, psychology, mind control, aversion therapy, friendship, intellectual genius, Victor Frankenstein, bullying, crowd behavior, supernatural experiences, industrial espionage, and so much more. The ending left me speechless. The first Mira Grant title I ever read was INTO THE DARKEST DEEP, just days ago, and
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, own, arc
Full review to come!
3.5 of 5 stars

‘Reality was a hard habit to quit sometimes, especially for someone who knew what lies could cost.’

Esther Hoffman is a journalist seeking the underlying story of Dr. Jennifer Webb who has created a new virtual reality therapy program which uses horror movie style dream sequences in an attempt to change the long-term behavior of its patient. Esther is convinced that Dr. Webb is nothing but a con artist and during their interview, Webb suggests she personally experience the program
This is my first Mira Grant novel, so I was blown away by how beautiful and brutal the language is. The story itself is those things, too.

It's also a huge, exciting trip, condensed to just over 100 pages. A slow, expository introduction establishes the situation - a journalist with a strong bias against false memories is investigating the use of intense virtual reality simulations for therapy - but after this slow beginning, the story takes off and never slows. Much of it takes place within a th
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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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