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Short Description for Deadline The gripping sequel to the science fiction zombie-thriller FEED. The truth won't rest, and neither will the dead ...
- Published: 02 June 2011
- Format: Paperback 560 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781841498997 ISBN 10: 1841498998
- Sales rank: 42,461
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Writing a review while still basking in the glow of a mind-blowing ending is always hard; trying to come up with coherent sentences beyond OMG OMG OMG, all while resisting the urge to run out into the street and forcing people to read the book so that they too can understand.
Although Deadline is the second in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. You'd miss out on the emotional connection to some of the characters, and you'd be awfully disappointed by the surprise twist if you read them out of order, but it could be done. Ms Grant has managed to recap the first book in such a way that those new to the series can be brought up to speed, yet she does so without rehashing old ground and boring the socks of avid fans. But from the first chapter I found myself totally engrossed in the world first discovered with Feed, with flashbacks to the devastating trauma that was the ending of the first book. This all just added another level of realism and connection to Shaun and the pain (and madness) he's going through.
So, the Zombie apocalypse has come, caused by the merging of two viruses engineered to cure the common cold and cure cancer. They do this. Unfortunately when mixed together in the human body mean when you die, you'll be coming back. Great concept. Allows for great plot twists too. Unfortunately, even I found the constant rehashing annoying after awhile. There's only so many different ways the information can be repeated before the class starts to yell "we've got it already".
The other area where Deadline was let down a little was with Shaun's madness. For the most part this was truly well done, leading the reader on the emotional journey with him, but this also got a little repetitive in places, not the internal dialogue so much as the explanations to the reader.
We readers are generally a relatively clever lot, we can grasp concepts quite quickly, so some of the over indulgent explanations felt a little like being hit over the head with a rolling pin.
Of course, all of this is forgiven for the rest of the story. The writing is wonderful, with magnificent language, witty dialogues, clever plots twists and deep emotional connections to the characters.
Mira Grant does nasty things with her endings; she really does. The buildup she leads the reader to never seem to happen in quite the way one would expect, and she seems to be a great believer in making both her characters and her readers suffered. Again, I cried buckets. Again, I laughed myself silly. Deadline is a rollercoaster story in every sense of the word, you'll laugh, you'll cry, the pace with leave you breathless, and at the end you'll just want to go around again. by Alison Sammes