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Deadline by Mira Grant
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Jul 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2012, zombies, dystopian
Read from July 03 to 15, 2012 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** Well. Damn, can Mira Grant write a conspiracy-driven book. I must say, I enjoyed Shaun as the protagonist more than I did George. I like George in the first book, but Shaun has a personality that is more my style. This book was a bit more far-fetched than the first, what with Shaun being haunted in his mind by the voice of his dead sister/lover? That little bit through me for a loop. Can't say that the thought hadn't occurred to me in the first book. Even though I know that they aren't genetically related in any way, shape, or form it still did the job of making me uncomfortable. Especially since I really like Becks. She's a great character. She reminds me of myself a bit and I hate the way things played out for her. Also Dr. Abbey. I would be very happy if she became a recurring character. The world needs more smart-ass female doctors. Even the fictional world.

The conspiracy in this book was much more my style than the politics that were the driving force of Feed. A medical conspiracy of zombie outbreak and viral host adaptation is a dream for a veterinary student. The reservoir state was a concept worth exploring. Viral shedding from host reservoirs is a common form of horizontal infection. And Grant has some wonderful quotations that succinctly sum up the idea of the viral interaction with the human immune system that I absolutely love. Taking on the CDC as a villain was a good mind swap. Making a global health care conglomerate into a global supervillain is a bit of genius in and of itself.

The ending was lovely. I'm already speculating as to the nature of Shaun's reservoir condition. I'm debating whether or not George is actually a clone, or if the Kellis-Amberlee somehow managed to prevent amplification and reverse the bullet wound, as idiotic as that sounds. Probably about as idiotic as a fully grown human clone with the same memories and personality as the original in a short enough time span that she could conceivably re-join the plot. Either way, I'm excited to read Blackout now!

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Quotes Leah Liked

Mira Grant
“That's what humanity does when faced with wolves. We take them in, tame them, and teach them how to keep us safe.”
Mira Grant, Deadline

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