Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review: Deadline by Mira Grant

Deadline by Mira Grant
Orbit, May 2011
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Official Description:

Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.

My Thoughts:

Spoiler Warning! Contains Major Spoiler for Feed!

I enjoyed Deadline a lot.  It wasn't quite the page turner that the first book, Feed, was but it was still a book that I put down as little as possible.  I found the plot of Deadline to be less focused and not as consistent pacing wise.  I think part of that results from the change in leadership and narrator from Georgia to Shaun.  Shaun isn't quite as focused and decisive as Georgia and the movement of the plot suffers a bit.  It does however allow for the interesting character twist in which Shaun presents as Schizophrenic with the voice of his dead sister in his head and during a few scenes as a full audio-visual hallucination.

I liked the introduction of a few more characters to the spotlight to give Deadline more of an ensemble cast feel than Feed.  I liked seeing more development of characters that had been previously introduced.

I loved the slow revelation of the larger picture of the Zombie epidemic.  I thought that the introduction of the CDC mystery was a clever touch.  The adventure of following the threads of the CDC mystery and the mystery of Georgia murder is fun and well executed and leads to the conclusion of the story with the biggest twist of all.

For me, Deadline wasn't quite as good as Feed but it has definitely set the stage for a dynamic and thrilling conclusion to the trilogy.  I definitely recommend reading Deadline and am super excited for the next book!

Written as Part of the Speculative Fiction Challenge

Other Reviews from this Series:
Feed by Mira Grant

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