- File Size: 777 KB
- Print Length: 82 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (August 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2011
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0053HDJSK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella Kindle Edition
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"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.
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.
If Mira/Seannan wrote a longer version of this novella, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
-- 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.
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.
I wish this was expanded into an entire prequel novel- I'm just greedy, I want more! I know the focus is on the aftermath and the rising, but the story about how it all began is so interesting as well, and Grant has enough writing talent to expand her universe even more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Where it all started. A prequel that maps where the world ended. The science is great but the book is the run of the mill zombie outbreak book. You do not need to read this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brett Grossmann
I loved World War Z's (the book, obviously) telling of so many stories. Countdown tells a few stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DeryckEleven
The Good: This is a must read for any Newsflesh fan, especially if your a fan of background and origin stories. We learn, in detail, how the zombies came about. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer Sicurella
Great read! My husband and I loved the series. A great twist on the zombie genre.Published 8 months ago by Jessi B
Mira Grant (Seaman McGuire) gives us the incite into why the Rising happened and does a fantastic job with it in this first newsflesh novella. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael
If you read the Feed trilogy and found yourself wanting more, this is a decent novella to give you more. It takes place before Feed and shows you how everything came about.Published 8 months ago by Jess
Myra Grant gives us the story of how her Newsflesh world came to be, how the best of intentions paved the road to Hell on Earth.Published 9 months ago by E. Stockwell
Very good after reading Feed, Deadline, Blackout. It explained how the zombies began. READ THEM ALL FIRST OR DIE TERRIBLYPublished 9 months ago by Jennifer Thompson
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