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Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella [Kindle Edition]

Mira Grant
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 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

Newsflesh Short Fiction
Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell
Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus

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Product Details

  • File Size: 769 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: #184,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 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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11 of 11 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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3 of 3 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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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
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 The Beginning
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 more
Published 2 days ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars If you read the Feed trilogy and found yourself wanting ...
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 2 days ago by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars how the best of intentions paved the road to Hell on Earth
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 4 days ago by E. Stockwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Very good after reading Feed, Deadline, Blackout. It explained how the zombies began. READ THEM ALL FIRST OR DIE TERRIBLY
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Short good read as a precursor to the newsflesh trilogy
Enjoyed this as it gave backstory to the newsflesh trilogy. Good quick read to enjoy whether it's before or after the trilogy when you read it.
Published 2 months ago by Nicole Scarlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Mira Grant's writing is fantastic!
When I read the Newsflesh Trilogy I was enraptured. I mean being a zombie fan why wouldn't I be? Mira Grant is a virologist and it shows. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Creating Serenity Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I’ve read Feed and Deadline and a good chunk of Blackout
Ugh. Okay. So, I recently devoured The Girl With All the Gifts and I’ve inadvertently thrown myself into a zombie frenzy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by xfryx
4.0 out of 5 stars Countdown to the end of modern civilization
A prequel to the Newsflesh trilogy that counts down to the impending rise of zombies across America and beyond. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Agusto-Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love anything from Mira Grant!
Published 9 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 9 months ago by Frizzy08
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