Please don’t make any sudden moves. I’d really hate to have to shoot you.”
“It’s true, she would,” I said. “We told her she’d have to mop up any messes she made while we were here, and Becks hates cleaning.”
Deadline by Mira Grant
Synopsis: Little matters to Shaun, other than the moments where George is talking to him. But when an old friend shows up with a trail of zombies, Shaun and his crew at “After the End of Times” get thrown into the conspiracy that was much bigger than they expected.
Review: I apologize ahead of time. There is no way to talk about Deadline, the second book in the Newsflesh Trilogy, without giving away spoilers to Feed.
Anyways, I think I might have been a bit harsh on the first book, but I enjoyed Deadline a lot more than the first book.
The world was already built in the first book, but we understood more of the costs to the nation in a post rising world. We learned that driving 5 or 6 hours meant stopping all the time to get your blood checked. How annoying is that? But that is the world they live in. They don’t understand privacy, because it’s all about securing the living. Freedom is not understood.
The characters are much more engaging in this book. Shaun’s narration at the end of Feed was annoying and appeared inconsistent to his character. In hindsight, I can see that it was due to his recent grief. Possibly. But in this book, we see a post-George Shaun, one who is still grieving for losing his “sister” and one where he is trying to be a good boss and Friend. The George “in his head” is a brilliant way of keeping the audience off balance and engaged to the story. We also see dimensions of characters that were mentioned in passing in the first book. Everyone at “After the End of Times” is so funny in a twisted way, that you wonder if it’s the world, or just them.
I still have issues with the predictability of the storyline. The last third of the book (again) surprised no one, I bet. I wonder if it’s just because I do not read too much zombie or dystopian fiction, and this is just the nature of the genre. Maybe I am a girl who needs witches, elves and vampires to keep me entertained.
I am also a little uneasy, for lack of a better term, about the hints of a certain relationship. SPOILERS AHEAD (highlight to read) So Shaun and George have a romantic connection? Really? I didn’t see that. Sure they were a lot closer than most siblings, but it seemed more of the nature of growing up with only each other, not romantic. They constantly refer to each other as “brother and sister”, while Shaun moans about his “sister” being gone. So where did him calling Becks “George” come from? I am all for grown adults doing what they want, and it’s true, they are not blood related–but it’s still a bit odd.
Overall, I thought this book was a remarkable installment in the trilogy. If you love zombies, I think you will surely enjoy this series. It really does fit the formula of an “end of the world” story. I’m looking forward to see how it ends.
Sex: Sex scene that’s not graphic
Violence: Again zombies! What did you expect?
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Series Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Next Book: The final installment is called Blackout. Starting it soon!