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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
Once upon a time, I was a mild-mannered reporter for a Metropolitan newspaper fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. Okay, so maybe I've never been particularly mild mannered, the newspaper was three hours from the nearest Metropolitan area. My fight for "truth, justice, and the American way" did actually happen - in the context of mostly news about sports and agriculture.

It was destiny that brought me together with the Newsflash Trilogy (Feed, Deadline, and Blackout) by Mira Grant - which I can only describe as zombie porn for journalists, news bloggers and people who like to poke things with sticks. A must read. Like all porn, however, it comes with a content warning: Not for people wanting just another zombie book. If you go in wanting to read about hand-to-hand combat with the undead, you will be all kinds of pissy pants. If you like reading about the fight for truth in a post-zombie apocalyptic world where the zombies are the least of your worries, hop aboard.

It's been 26 years since the dead began to reanimate - an unfortunate consequence of the combination of Dr. Kellis's rhinovirus to cure the common cold and Marburg-Amberlee, a cure for cancer. Since online media was largely credited for exposing the initial zombie outbreak in 2014, it has been growing in popularity and becoming the primary source for news.

Adopted siblings Georgia and Shaun Mason, owners of the news website, The End of Times, and their friend Georgette "Buffy" Meissonier, are among these bloggers. Georgia is a "newsie" (blogger who reports the facts), Shaun is an "irwin" (blogger who drives ratings by doing somewhat stupid things, such as poking zombies with sticks), and Buffy is a "fictional" (blogger who writes, what else, fictional stories and poems).

In an email, Georgia and Shaun are offered a career-making opportunity. Wisconsin Senator Paul Ryman has asked them to join his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee. It's an offer they can't refuse. As suspicious attacks begin occurring on the campaign trail, however, they realize it's also an offer that will change their lives forever. In fewer words: "Oh shit!"

The first book, Feed, centers around the Ryman campaign, but it really sets up the basis for the overall story carried throughout the trilogy.Deadline, the second book, fuels the fire and builds up the antici...SAY IT...pation. The finale, Blackout, makes you white-knuckle your book (or ereader) until the final freaking page.

In some series, it seems like the in-between books are an obstacle to the finish. They delay the inevitable or venture too far from the plotline that, by the time they end, the interest just isn't there. The Newsflesh trilogy is NOT one of those series. Grant does an unbelievable job of tying the three books together without making each of the books any less exciting. New characters are introduced and they're taken on a rollercoaster of a journey, but, in the end, it all lead to that final moment. (The exception to this comment was a watered down, distracting "romance" between two characters that seemed like more of an opportunity to throw in some between the sheets action than anything else. It didn't last long, though.)

The story is primarily told from the alternating perspectives of Georgia and Shaun, but it includes blog posts and letters written by the other characters, giving the story a little more depth.

I loved Georgia. I wish I could be Georgia. She's by far one of the sassiest, smartest and most driven female leads I've seen in a while. Some might view her as cold or unemotional, but her passion for finding and reporting the truth is anything but. And, honestly, she has damn good reasons not to trust people.

Shaun was alright. I leaned toward liking him most of the time, but his "woe is me" attitude (especially at the beginning of Deadline) should've been accompanied by the world's smallest violin. If he wanted to die so bad, there were plenty of zombies that would've loved to help him out.

I've read some criticisms that the extremely high-tech gadgets frequently used by the characters were a little too science fiction-ish - from blood tests at nearly every door, retinal scanners, sanitizing showers (including a bleach wash) and, of course, every hacking/spying/broadcasting gadget that could exist onboard of The End of Times van. Were they a little unbelievable? Yeah. But this book also includes zombies, so I'm assuming we can have a little room to stretch what is possible. Right?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
If you're truly, deeply, completely afraid that the Zombie Apocalypse is imminent, well, you probably need to stagger your medication a little better. But if you're a fan of doomsday survival mixed with a seriously deep and solid mystery and sprinkled with an epic love story, this is the series for you. It's non-stop action, non-stop scary and punch-you-in-the-face violent. It's political intrigue, stupidly heroic, snort your coffee on the screen and laugh out loud funny. It's heartbreaking and beautiful and smart and most of all, it stays with you. It's just impossible not to fall in love with these characters, the richest and most complex real-unreal-udead characters since Buffy and the Scooby gang.
Seriously, do yourself a favor and read these books. Just don't read them before you go to sleep.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy is absolutely amazing. I love every single page of this series, and the box set is a great deal, one I will surely be gifting to friends, because, seriously, I cannot recommend this series enough.

Yes, it's a zombie book and there's plenty of action and such to keep the pace moving. The Newsflesh Trilogy is also SO much more than that, a powerful commentary on politics and society.

No author has surprised me like Mira Grant did in Feed. I never thought I could love Deadline as much as Feed, but I think I loved it more. The series even ends on a strong note.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2013
I enjoyed the different take of this series from your typical zombie book. This series centered around an entertaining group of young characters (bloggers, generically speaking) who Mira Grant developed quite well. The series was well written and stood out because of its conspiracy storyline against the young group by some in government as well as some in the CDC. If I had one complaint (and it is a minor one), Shaun and Georgia had a tendency to be overly dramatic in their personalities. This, however, took nothing away from the book. It was a very nice read and I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
Everyone knows the basic plot of anything with zombies in it: mysterious virus (usually a cancer cure) wakes the dead, lots of people die, and a rag tag group of survivors fight until the ambiguous, unsatisfying end.

Not these books.

Okay, so the zombie uprising (not apocalypse, yay!) is partially caused by a cancer cure, but the explanation is believable and mildly terrifying. Which is perfect, because the world of Newsflesh is utterly willing to let fear dictate their every decision. Mira Grant excellently describes the paranoia that controls ordinary people's everyday lives, and it's almost enough to make you want to start preparing for a zombie attack.

The narrators of the books are Georgia and Shaun, two siblings looking to make their mark as well-known bloggers when major opportunity throws them into a conspiracy that will shake their world to the very core. Georgia and Shaun are written to be fun and likable, while simultaneously driven to succeed in their quest for the truth, even if it costs them dearly. The two bounce off of each other beautifully, and surround themselves with other fun, likable people who you will get attached to (although, fair warning, you should try really, really hard not to).

Overall, a fun, enjoyable series with fun, enjoyable characters and a premise that isn't tired and overused.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
So, to avoid spoilers, this may sound especially vague. I assure you, it's on purpose.

This is an incredibly well written book trilogy, with clear effort put into researching the subject matter. The storyline is compelling, and the books keep you reading up to the very end. There is a whole host of incredible characters, relatable or not, and the depth of their lives keeps coming out as the series progresses, leaving a very satisfying ending feeling real.

The plot twists keep coming out of the woodworks, and just when you think you understand how it's going to end, Mira Grant grabs you by the lapels, slaps you around a bit, and throws you into a new story arc, laughing maniacally the entire time. And you know what? I was laughing right along.

Once again avoiding spoilers, but I can say without a doubt that the first book has one of the most shocking and memorable ends to a book possible, which is closely followed by the ending of the second. I can only say I'm thrilled I was able to read the entire series in three days, because having to wait between the books would have been true torture.

To wrap this up, I'll just say that if you have a weekend free to read these books, get your heartstrings torn out of your chest, and learn to love a completely destroyed world, pick them up. You will not regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2013
I'm not going to claim that Mira Grant is the next great prose stylist, but what she has accomplished with this story is a deeply gripping political thriller....with zombies. The story and characters are genuinely engaging. As soon as I finished one book I picked up the next one.

Aside from the the primal elements of story and character, the author seems to have put a lot of thought into the science, medicine, and cultural changes that make her story work. Science that just seems to be an interesting detail in the first book becomes central to the story in later books. To a non-scientist like myself, it all seems plausible (inasmuch as a story about zombies can be more or less plausible). That attention to detail, the research makes a difference. It makes the rest of the story even better.

This isn't a very well-written review, but as someone who doesn't care about horror or zombies, but as a reader who loves intelligent and emotional stories - this series is a definite winner. I encourage you to give it a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
Found book one and I knew within the first couple of chapters I HAD to have the series. One of the very best zombie series I've read. After discovering a vaccine to prevent cancer a concerned citizen decides it needs to be released to the general public-airborne. What they don't realize is at the same time there has been developed a cure for the common cold. When the two cures get mixed the researchers discover it causes a mutation in humans and any animal over 40 lbs. it causes dead people to become zombies. If a human gets even some blood from a zombie on them it can cause the person to become a zombie. The main characters are bloggers who report the news. Bloggers become the news media after the outbreak. I can't say enough good things about this series. Very well written and very believeable. Mira Grant does a good job of developing a government conspiracy underfoot in the story line. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot to 'get the news out there', and the reporters risking everything to do just that. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2014
In a world filled with the living dead, sometimes it's those with a pulse who have the least heart!

Mira Grant is one of those authors that completely engages you. At the first, you are caught up in the world she's created, and you never want to leave. From the first book, trailing this small group of bloggers across the zombie-devastated American landscape, to the third, in a live or die fight for the truth, Grant does not let you down, let you go, let you sleep.

I've loved this series for years! Finally got it as a Christmas present and I couldn't be happier!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
Great series! If you love zombie books, I would highly recommend. Grant steers away from the traditional zombie apocalypse style and instead asks the question "what if the world survived the zombie apocalypse?" I quickly fell in love with the characters and was hooked. Truly a great read!
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