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Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella [Kindle Edition]

Mira Grant
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 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

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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: #93,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 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
2.0 out of 5 stars interesting idea, needed work November 10, 2013
By KLR
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun books! September 23, 2012
By Daniel
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The newsflesh series are so much fun if you are as excited about zombies and survival stories as I am ans Countdown is a lovely addition to the story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as a prequel September 19, 2012
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Not having read any of the trilogy yet, Countdown really helped me understand the history and how the rising came about. Now that I'm into the first book, Feed, I can read it without thinking in the back of my head "yeah, but how did all those other people die or what really happened 25 years ago or ..." I can just follow the first, second and third book without "yeah, but" questions. Good prequel (but it could stand on its own whether or not you've read the trilogy or not).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 days ago by Karen Reese
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD, BUT NOT NECESSARY EITHER
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 2 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 2 months ago by Lisa Senna
3.0 out of 5 stars For completists
I read this right after reading the Newsflesh trilogy that it is a prequel to. I really liked the Newsflesh trilogy, but I thought this novella was mediocre. Read more
Published 2 months ago by closetpuritan
3.0 out of 5 stars Vety nice but kinda unnecessary
I liked this but after the whole news flesh trilogy it is kinda unnecessary.

Also, do not read before Feed, at least....
Published 4 months ago by Shay Geffen
5.0 out of 5 stars As it all started...
Good backstory - doesn't make me like the Mason parents any more but I can see where some of the motivation comes from. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. VanZwoll
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love Mira Grant. I love the News Flesh Trilogy. I love that she has kept this world alive by digging into the back story of the other characters in the books.
Published 5 months ago by chris pederson
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
This novella was okay but didn't add much to the story told in the trilogy. It fills in more detail about the breakout of the KA virus but I enjoyed the sparse story details... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michelle Trails
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to the series
I read the main books and figured "why not". This novella does a nice job of laying out a foundation for re occurring themes and story-points. Read more
Published 6 months ago by skeeziks
5.0 out of 5 stars great prequel
This explains a lot of the back story for the Newsflesh trilogy, which I think is just great. It helps everything make a little more sense. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Liz Long
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