- File Size: 931 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (July 11, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 11, 2012
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0089EHIA4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats (Newsflesh) Kindle Edition
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If you have read Feed, Deadline, and Blackout and loved them, be sure to checkout this story as well. And bring the Kleenex.
If you're familiar with the NEWSFLESH world built by Mira Grant in her books, you know that the events of the summer of 2014 don't end well for a large part of the population, and you know that the San Diego Outbreak was one of the worst events of The Rising. The fact that I knew this going in, and could still feel for all of the characters Mira introduces us to (none of which, by necessity, are a part of the main NEWSFLESH books), says something about the authors ability to create characters and believable tension. I wanted these characters to survive, dammit. I wanted them to find a way out of a no-win situation.
The story richochets between multiple points of view and two time-frames (the narratorial device is set in the time frame of the novels, while the action of 2014 is several decades earlier), but I never felt lost or overwhelmed. I found I was able to keep track of who was where, and how the narratives overlapped.
I recommend this novella whether you've read the Newsflesh books or not. If you haven't read them, this won't spoil a darn thing (since the books take place 20 or so years later) and if you have read them, this will just enhance the narrative you already know.
The author, Mira Grant had me first at Comic-Con and second at Browncoats**. The fact it as a zombie story had me clicking buy before you could moan "braaaaaaaaainnnnsss". I cannot think of a more perfect setting for the zombie outbreak. Just who are the real risen and who are in makeup? I giggled purely with the thought of how I would deal with that "little" problem. It is one of those book discoveries you end up doing "facepalm" after recovering from your "OMG" face and then asking yourself how in the world you missed it! The perfect Weekly Shorts entry at $2.99, sitting at 120 pages an, what I believe to be the perfect length for a novella (approx 30K).
A viral-based zombie story (Kellis-Amberlee), is told in the form of flash-backs and memories being compiled by Journalist Mahir Gowda 30 years after the "Rising". He has the task of obtaining an interview with a the only known survivor of the 2014 Comic-Con "event", from a very reluctant CPT Lorelei Tutt USCG. Due to the wi-fi being turned back on the people who ended up trapped inside the San Diego Convention Center, the stories of the hero's, the fallen and the general chaos were uploaded and preserved in digital format. This novella reads as a window to the past, or at least the column of blood and hunger.. despair and sacrifice making up this tale. It tells the stories of the first hero's of the zombie apocalypse.
Ms. Grant introduced and developed definitive characters we immediately fall in love with. The challenge with the novella is to do this in a very focused presentation. It is a challenge that many film writers have when trying to take a novel and make it into a 2 hour film. What will need to be cut, or at least in this instance, what details can be left out or glossed over but still have a new reader to the series, like me, "get" the story and be sucked in. There were references and "whispers" to the news that was all over the wire and blogosphere about a zombie outbreak, and that was all I needed to know this was part of a bigger plot.
Referencing so many sci-fi pop-culture tales, as well as one made up one (which honestly I wish would be made into a real TV Show) it made the fan-girl in me giggle and smile, even though I knew having Browncoats in the title, it was bound to be tragic in the end, especially when we know that Lorelei was the only known survivor. I cannot shout loud enough about this novella. It was out of this world fantastic, festive and phenomenally fun!
I would recommend this for not only those fans of zombie reads, but of anyone who likes a tragic adventure to boot! Grab a hold of a cricket bat, 2×4 or weapon of choice and dive in!
If I had one complaint about this novella, it would be that the Title promises a little more action / combat than the characters interact with. Its less of a last stand, and more like the dance band on the titanic... If the Iceberg happened to be a horde of zombies: and the Titanic comic-con.
The Bad: It's a novella, when it really should have been a full novel. It has more than enough plot and action to fill a full novel. I'm not a fan of novellas to begin with, but this one clearly had all the makings of something more.
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