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Blackout (Newsflesh) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2012
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"Astonishing ... a fascinating exploration of the future."―New York Times
"While there's plenty of zombie mayhem, political snark, and pointedly funny observations here, the heart of this book is about human relationships, which are still the most important thing in the world...even in a world where you might have to shoot the person you love most in the head, just to stop them from biting off your face."―Locus on Feed
"Feed is a proper thriller with zombies. Grant doesn't get carried away with describing her world or the virus. She's clearly thought both out brilliantly, but she doesn't let it get in the way of a taut, well-written story."―SFX on Feed
"The story starts with a bang as corruption, mystery, danger and excitement abound."―RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars) on Feed
"Gripping, thrilling, and brutal... Shunning misogynistic horror tropes in favor of genuine drama and pure creepiness, McGuire has crafted a masterpiece of suspense with engaging, appealing characters who conduct a soul-shredding examination of what's true and what's reported."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Feed
"Intelligent and intense, a thinking-person's post-apocalyptic zombie thriller set in a fully-realized future that is both fascinating and horrifying to behold."―John Joseph Adams on Feed
"I can't wait for the next book."―N.K. Jemisin on Feed
"It's a novel with as much brains as heart, and both are filling and delicious."―The A. V. Club on Feed
"OK, all of you readers who want something weighty and yet light, campy and yet smart, horror with heart, a summer beach read that will stay in your head and whisper to you "what if," Deadline is just what you are looking for."―RT Book Reviews on Deadline
"Deft cultural touches, intriguing science, and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans."―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Deadline
"Intelligent and exciting...raises the bar for the genre."―Telegraph on Deadline
"Wry and entertaining."―NPR Books on Blackout
About the Author
Mira Grant lives in California, sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests you do the same. Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire -- winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Find out more about the author at www.miragrant.com or follow her on twitter @seananmcguire.
Top Customer Reviews
Rather than write three separate reviews, I'm going to write one review for the series.
FEED is a marvelous book with an opening that grabs you and a plot that, while largely political conspiracy in nature and despite the obligatory exposition, manages to move along at a quick pace. The worldbuilding is wonderfully colorful. Georgia is an interesting narrator, and she doesn't load us with a lot of unnecessary information. She's precise in her thoughts, and that really helps with the pacing. This is the shortest book in the series, and that's definitely an asset. The ending is a shocker that I did not see coming.
DEADLINE picks up several months after the end of the first book. It starts off a little slower than the first, but once we get a huge, awesome, throw-the-book-across-the-room twist in the story about a third of the way through, things pick up with a vengeance! There are a lot of revelations in here, and our main characters feel like they're getting somewhere. Our narrator is not as precise as in FEED, and there is some repetition that could have been trimmed. The book ends with another out-of-left-field twist that will make you want to jump into the third volume right away. This is one of the strongest middle books in a trilogy that I can remember. And is it just me, or is Dr. Abbey screaming to be played by Kathie Bates in the movie?
BLACKOUT continues the story right where we left it, but it sadly cannot keep up with the pace set by the first two volumes. It is the longest book of the trilogy, which is not uncommon, but it is also the most uneven. There are multiple narrators, which is great in some ways and not so great in others.Read more ›
1. Repetition of details. I'm assuming this is a problem with the editor because I don't understand why some details were allowed to be repeated ad nauseam. Thankfully, Coke is only mentioned twenty times in this book (as opposed to at least fifty in Feed). However, we still get several mentions of Shaun's craziness and of Georgia's aversion to white walls.
2. Length. This book did not need to be 600+ pages. My mind started to wander a bit during Shaun and Becks road trip. Although a zombie bear is somewhat amusing, I felt like the book took too many unnecessary detours.
3. Rushed reunions and ending. The most disappointing thing about the book was that I wanted more one on one scenes with Georgia and her team, and I didn't get them. George and Mahir barely got to spar. Also, I was really looking forward to a showdown between George and Becks. The ending Becks did get was a bit too convenient and allowed for George and Shaun's unique relationship to go unchallenged.
All in all, still a pretty good read and a mostly satisfying last installment to this trilogy.
I was in love with this book from the beginning. I should say upfront, I liked Feed but not as much as Deadline, which I loved and not as much as Blackout, which is my favorite. For me, Mira really hit her stride with Blackout. The alternating points of view were very effective and I loved the blog posts from the various team members. The way Mira tells her story, both in first person point of view from various characters and in a journal format via quotes and blog excerpts, really worked for me. It gave the story a multi-layered feel.
Blackout was non-stop struggle, fight and chase from the beginning. The action never stopped but it was my favorite kind of action. I skim or close my eyes during fight scenes and car chase sequences but the action in Blackout had me hooked. I did not miss a word. I wondered about people's motives, I worried that there would be unresolved issues and I worried about my favorite characters. I shouldn't have worried. Not everyone can live or survive in a world like this one, but the characters are dealt with fairly and I was satisfied with the outcome.
A book about a zombie plague that affected the world's mammal population and a future dytsopia setting is bound to have its unbelievable moments, but for me this never happened. Mira Grant writes this book in such a way that it is believable. A lingering question at the end of every zombie book is -how did the zombie plague happen? Well, in Newsflesh Mira Grant lays it out for the readers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best authors out. Easily to get caught up in this series and other titles also. Pleasure to drift away reading as time passes.Published 5 days ago by Anthony Banks
This is a fantastic series. Completely unlike any I've read before it. It will keep you guessing, cursing, laughing and crying. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristie Hunter
This was a great conclusion to the trilogy. It did get a little confusing because at times it alternates between the two main characters, but each chapter is headlined with the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kayla
I absolutely love this book. It had just as many surprises as the first two and definitely brought the series to a good conclusion.Published 2 months ago by k3rjk
I'm really enjoying this series, I'm currently reading everything Mira Grant has published. Her stories are hugely entertaining.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Fun ride to the end. If you liked the first two, this is a must read. Looking forward to checking out more of Mira Grant's work.Published 4 months ago by William Henry May
Good book, nice close to the series. And interesting take on a zombie world, where the zombies weren't the real focus of the books.Published 4 months ago by WoodWolfe
Good book, loved the series but it feels like it was ended way quicker than it should have.Published 4 months ago by Tony edwards
First rate series. I never thought I'd like a book with zombies, but wow. Just wow!Published 5 months ago by Mary V. Ker