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How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea: A Newsflesh Novella by [Grant, Mira]
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  • File Size: 863 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (July 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BL3P3T8
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Confession: I haven't read the second two books in the trilogy. This novella has spoilers for those books. You've been warned.

But it's not the big story I want to talk about. It's the way this story makes plain what was already coming pretty clear in Feed. The zombies are us, and our need for perfection and security. It's about how much we are willing to give up because we are afraid. Then she took that theme and stood it on its head and asked what it would be like to live with terror, er, zombies, while feeling more empowered. What it would be like to say, "We can't eradicate it, we don't want to stop living our lives, can we find a third way?". In this story, the third way is the rabbit-proof fence, and in a way it's an excellent metaphor for understanding and observing things without just shooting the heck out of them.

I think if you are looking for the hire-wire thrills and zombie-infested nightmares of the other books, this story will be disappointing. If you are looking for Grant to bend your thinking around in some interesting ways, this might be the story for you.

Read if: You have already read the trilogy or you don't mind spoilers. You want to see more of the world Grant is imagining.

Skip if: You are looking for more conspiracy, murder, and creepiness.

Also read: And All The Stars, an Australian author writing about a different kind of cataclysm.
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This time around in the Newsflesh series, the reader gets to go to Australia and see how the zombies (actually kangaroo, wombat and koala zombies) are handled on that continent.

I have loved this series (trilogy really with three novellas added on including this one). This is a long novella and features Mahir Gowda this time around rather than the Masons. The story is told plainly, masterfully but with edginess and just plain fun.

If you haven't read the Newsflesh trilogy, you really should. It's one of the best, most unique zombie tales out there. Read Feed; Deadline; and Blackout - the trilogy - and Countdown; San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats along with "How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea" - the novellas.
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Mahir is one of my favourite characters in the Newsflesh series, and it's so nice to go back and see him a little ways after the end of Blackout. It was also pretty fantastic to see another view on how the Rising affected the world, and how the dual goals of conservation and not-being-eaten-by-zombies were portrayed in Australia. It very neatly emphasizes some of the criticism from the Newsflesh series -- the society of fear, the theater of safety and the trade of freedoms for security -- while not sacrificing any of the story to it.

"Murderland" continues to be my favourite nickname for Australia -- thanks Mira Grant!
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Come to the land down under. Where the animals are more dangerous pre-Rising. Now that anything over 40 pounds is amplified with the Kellis-Amberlee virus -- the animals who already wanted to kill you want to do so even more now. Warning: This book contains major spoilers to the end of the Newsflesh books.

After finishing the three novels in this series, I was still craving more. I think that I enjoyed the way that this series was written so much that I will always crave more. How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea really filled some of that craving for me. The longest novella of all the others I read in this series -- it contains much of what made the three novels so enjoyable.

With every Mira Grant book I've read, the character development is amazing. Throughout How Green This Land you are following a more secondary character from the novels. Knowing this, Grant gives some more insight into their character. Allowing readers to really feel like they know and understand them.

This book does contain some major spoilers though. So, please be warned. Read the three Newsflesh books first, then if you are still craving more. Jump in headfirst and join some of the gang as they make their way to post-Rising Australia.
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Another in the Newsflesh trilogy. This one is a novella that, unlike the other two novellas, must be read in order! If you have not read the actual Newsflesh Trilogy a lot of the information in this one will not go with the story. Although this is a novella, it is almost like a continuation of the first three.

That being said, this one isn't quite as horrific as say, The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell, which was off the charts horrifying, but this one does have its moments. Here we actually get to see more of how things are handled in Australia, which needless to say, is quite different than how the rest of the world hands the zombiepocalypse. That doesn't mean they do it wrong, but just different.

I loved that we are basically getting a first hand view of what it would be like if this were to happen in Australia. Poor wombats, koalas, and kangaroos are over amplification weight but that isn't going to stop people from protecting them. Seems like a disaster in the waiting right?!

This story did keep me on the edge of my seat, much like all of Mira Grant's writing. But there was also a relaxed way about it. It was not at all as intense as some of her other work, although some of the situations were. A little bit slower but still deep in zombie territory. Liked it but didn't love it.
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