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"A satire of the science-industrial complex, the Newsflesh trilogy is a wry and entertaining exploration of the way political corruption never stops - even after the zombie apocalypse."―NPR Books on Blackout

Praise for Feed:

"The zombie novel Robert A. Heinlein might have written." --- Sci-Fi Magazine

"A masterpiece of suspense" --- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"It's a novel with as much brains as heart, and both are filling and delicious." --- The A.V. Club

"Welcome to the world of Feed. It's perfect summer apocalypse reading." ---

Praise for Deadline:

"Deft cultural touches, intriguing science, and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

About the Author

Mira Grant lives in California, sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests you do the same. Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire -- winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Find out more about the author at or follow her on twitter @seananmcguire.

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Product Details

  • Series: Newsflesh (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reissue edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316081078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316081078
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on May 24, 2012
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I just finished Blackout after staying up all night to read it. While not as good as Feed, Blackout is miles ahead of the mediocre offering of Deadline. The return of 97% cognate Georgia Mason is much needed and welcomed even though her scenes at the CDC are sometimes hard to wrap your brain around. There are some recurring problems throughout the trilogy that prevent me from giving Blackout five stars.

1. Repetition of details. I'm assuming this is a problem with the editor because I don't understand why some details were allowed to be repeated ad nauseam. Thankfully, Coke is only mentioned twenty times in this book (as opposed to at least fifty in Feed). However, we still get several mentions of Shaun's craziness and of Georgia's aversion to white walls.

2. Length. This book did not need to be 600+ pages. My mind started to wander a bit during Shaun and Becks road trip. Although a zombie bear is somewhat amusing, I felt like the book took too many unnecessary detours.

3. Rushed reunions and ending. The most disappointing thing about the book was that I wanted more one on one scenes with Georgia and her team, and I didn't get them. George and Mahir barely got to spar. Also, I was really looking forward to a showdown between George and Becks. The ending Becks did get was a bit too convenient and allowed for George and Shaun's unique relationship to go unchallenged.

All in all, still a pretty good read and a mostly satisfying last installment to this trilogy.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ironcharles on July 20, 2012
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***No spoilers, because the twists really are that good.***

Rather than write three separate reviews, I'm going to write one review for the series.

FEED is a marvelous book with an opening that grabs you and a plot that, while largely political conspiracy in nature and despite the obligatory exposition, manages to move along at a quick pace. The worldbuilding is wonderfully colorful. Georgia is an interesting narrator, and she doesn't load us with a lot of unnecessary information. She's precise in her thoughts, and that really helps with the pacing. This is the shortest book in the series, and that's definitely an asset. The ending is a shocker that I did not see coming.

DEADLINE picks up several months after the end of the first book. It starts off a little slower than the first, but once we get a huge, awesome, throw-the-book-across-the-room twist in the story about a third of the way through, things pick up with a vengeance! There are a lot of revelations in here, and our main characters feel like they're getting somewhere. Our narrator is not as precise as in FEED, and there is some repetition that could have been trimmed. The book ends with another out-of-left-field twist that will make you want to jump into the third volume right away. This is one of the strongest middle books in a trilogy that I can remember. And is it just me, or is Dr. Abbey screaming to be played by Kathie Bates in the movie?

BLACKOUT continues the story right where we left it, but it sadly cannot keep up with the pace set by the first two volumes. It is the longest book of the trilogy, which is not uncommon, but it is also the most uneven. There are multiple narrators, which is great in some ways and not so great in others.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Regina on May 22, 2012
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This was fantastic! The best in the series. I just finished and I am shaking. I don't think there will be anything this good for me, ever again. This is not a review, lol, I will be back to write a more coherent and better put together thoughts. Mira Grant is a brilliant writer.

I was in love with this book from the beginning. I should say upfront, I liked Feed but not as much as Deadline, which I loved and not as much as Blackout, which is my favorite. For me, Mira really hit her stride with Blackout. The alternating points of view were very effective and I loved the blog posts from the various team members. The way Mira tells her story, both in first person point of view from various characters and in a journal format via quotes and blog excerpts, really worked for me. It gave the story a multi-layered feel.

Blackout was non-stop struggle, fight and chase from the beginning. The action never stopped but it was my favorite kind of action. I skim or close my eyes during fight scenes and car chase sequences but the action in Blackout had me hooked. I did not miss a word. I wondered about people's motives, I worried that there would be unresolved issues and I worried about my favorite characters. I shouldn't have worried. Not everyone can live or survive in a world like this one, but the characters are dealt with fairly and I was satisfied with the outcome.

A book about a zombie plague that affected the world's mammal population and a future dytsopia setting is bound to have its unbelievable moments, but for me this never happened. Mira Grant writes this book in such a way that it is believable. A lingering question at the end of every zombie book is -how did the zombie plague happen? Well, in Newsflesh Mira Grant lays it out for the readers.
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