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Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella [Kindle Edition]

Mira Grant
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 263 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (August 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053HDJSK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great prequel to the Newsflesh trilogy September 11, 2011
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Mira Grant aka Seanan McGuire has become one of my favorite authors - and the zombie genre has NEVER been at the top of my reading list. But Grant is such a stunning writer that the first two books in her Newsflesh trilogy - Feed and Deadline - have become two of my favorite books EVER any genre. And I can hardly wait until "Blackout," the final book in the trilogy is out in May 2012.

"Countdown" was just what I thought it was going to be - a prequel to the first two books. It goes into much more detail on the WHYS and HOWS of the pandemic that started the zombie apocalypse. It takes place in the year 2014, so no, Georgia and/or Shaun Mason, the protagonists of the trilogy do not play a role in it (the trilogy starts in the year 2039). The writing was top notch. Grant really has a gift for making the science understandable.

While you could read this novella first, it is probably a good idea to read it after "Feed" and "Deadline" so you get the full impact.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How We Fell August 23, 2011
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The tagline of Mira Grant's amazing Newsflesh (zombies + politics) trilogy is "When will you rise?" Countdown is a series of short works telling the story of how our civilization fell just before and during the initial zombie outbreak.

It was written during the lead up to the release of Deadline and while it's technically a prequel, I strongly advise one read it AFTER reading Feed. The characters and references will be much more clear if you have some familiarity with the world Mira Grant's writing about.

The writing for the short pieces is just as good - and just as heartbreaking as the novels. This is an amazing exploration of what led to the world that the Masons are living in. It's not necessary for understanding the trilogy, but it adds to the depth of it.

The previous reviewer on this site seemed confused about where this collection fits into the Newsflesh universe so I say again - this is a prequel! It's not the third book. It's not even the first chapter of the third book. But it's well worth the price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best intro/prequel ever October 13, 2011
By Brian
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Seriously, I already enjoyed the first two books of the Newsflesh series, but I never thought I'd want something to be longer in my whole life. This is the intro that all of us wish was written into Feed, but was so much better. It gives all of the details that you wanted and covers a few bases that had you scratching your head after Feed.

If Mira/Seannan wrote a longer version of this novella, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting background story September 12, 2011
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I highly recommend this novella as a supplement for anyone who read Feed and/or Deadline. I can't wait for the final novel in the trilogy and Countdown provided some interesting background and was a fun diversion during this in between phase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As it all started... November 17, 2013
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Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella shares the months and weeks leading up to the "creation" of the Kellis-Amberlee virus and the initial aftermath of the infection. There is a lot of good back-story here, told from the perspective of John Kellis, the man who created the untested Kellis Cure, and Dr Wells, the doctor in charge of the Marburg-Amberlee trials. You also learn more about the Mason family, pre-Georgia & Sean, as well as the bioterrorist group that released the Kellis Cure before it had a chance to go through human testing. This is a very interesting short story, since it really helps show what happened with the CDC and the news stations, and how the world collapsed. This story doesn't make me like the Masons anymore, but I can see where some of the motivation comes from and how their experiences could harden them. Even though this is a short story and a quick read, it still earns 5 stars since it is well written and fills in a lot of the history leading up to the Rising.

NOTE: Review edited and updated with second reading of Countdown on 10/14/2014. My initial review was still a five star review but I picked up more detail on a second read and wanted to expand my initial (short) review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars interesting idea, needed work November 10, 2013
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This was an ok novella... A bit of a let down after reading the Newsflesh Trilogy.

What worked:
-- I liked seeing the doctors who created the virus and the jerk who set it free as far as understanding how it all began.
-- And despite the peeks at the Mason family before Shaun and Georgia became a part of it, the POV of Marigold was most effective at explaining how innocent lives were being affected.
-- I liked at the end of each "chapter" they showed the news reports.

What didn't work:
-- The writing was frantic and vague; I know it was supposed to be a short story, but if a prequel is going to be invented it should add to the story somehow; it needed a little development.
-- I wish the cause and effect had been built upon a little more; the Mason's are lovely before the infection and despite the devastating loss of their son I don't really see how they transformed into rating-hungry villains.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good prequel to Feed September 18, 2013
By Jeff
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Of the entire series I've read, Feed stands out as by far the best of the Newsflesh series, but this novella did a good job of showing how the apocalypse came about. It moved around a lot, but that made sense for the story it was telling. I didn't give it 5 stars because I didn't feel any connection to the characters, again, probably because of the nature of multiple viewpoints for the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love anything from Mira Grant!
Published 2 months ago by William O. Hann
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, too short.
If you have not read this series, then what are you doing reading reviews?? Go buy it already! Ive read the series twice and i plan on reading it again soon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frizzy08
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good zombie virus origin story.
Published 2 months ago by Filip Lenrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Download worked fine. Charged appropriately
Downloaded this prequel to her trilogy on my kindle. Download worked fine. Charged appropriately. Great read and great service.
Published 2 months ago by Donna Burnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Flows beautifully
Beautifully written, from all points of view. The story flows on, tieing/tying (how do you spell this?) everything together wonderfully. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maria Sørlie
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this very much - great to know the back ...
Enjoyed this very much - great to know the back story as to how the events in the Newsflesh trilogy came to be.
Published 3 months ago by Jeannine
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little prequel
I have now read everything available in the Newsflesh series. I really like the universe and a lot of the concepts presented. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ebindc
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to the series
I love being able to see the world of a series through a new setting and characters.I thoroughly enjoyed this latest addition to the Newsflesh universe.
Published 6 months ago by Karen Reese
I've read the Newsflesh trilogy twice -Feed three times - so I decided to give this novella a try. While it was nice to have a little more of this world it is just a little. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ireadabookaday
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Series - Loved these books!!!
I read the series & loved it! All the books are difficult to put down, once the story pulled me in, I was hooked! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lisa Senna
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