Deadline

(Newsflesh, Book 2)

Published June 1, 2011 by Orbit.

ISBN:
978-0-316-08106-1
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4 stars (24 reviews)

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Review of 'Deadline' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

‪Deadline is dark and grim and wonderful. A great sequel to Feed, it feels a bit like a heist or a spy thriller, but it is a book of mourning, loss, and deep wells of pain. Welcome to After The End Times: the worst monsters are human.

This book is very hard to discuss without spoiling Feed. To me, the solution is clear. If you have ever liked a zombie book: read this series. If you like political thrillers that get a bit spy/detective as the series moves on: read this series. If you like post-apocalyptic novels: read this series.

Review of 'Deadline' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I read Deadline in a couple days - a few days faster than Feed. Partially that's because it's holidays and I have a lot of slush time at work and rather than be productive, I'm reading for fun. I'm also slacking off on doing anything in the evenings, making my reading time that much more.

Feed is a better book than Deadline, but I could just like George as the narrator better than Shaun.

I did not see the ending of this book coming.

Review of 'Deadline' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This book really suffered from being a second book. All the fun world-building has already happened, and now the characters more or less just dash about madly getting into place and having revelations so that the climactic showdown of the third book can happen.

I really enjoyed that Sean heard his dead sister's voice, but I kept thinking "Wow, more characters should hear voices, this is a great device!" which is, I am aware, more than a little odd of me.

Also a strange technical choice: half-way through, the reader finally gets the final word on whether Sean and George were actually incestuously involved or just weirdly co-dependent. (It's the former.) And I'm really not sure why it took so long for the author to let me know. It's not like it's a big reveal, it just slips out, and provides a couple more paragraphs of angst for Sean.

Also, …

Review of 'Deadline' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

It starts in the same way as Feed, with someone poking a zombie with a stick but soon departs in different direction. If you haven't read Feed yet, then this review will contain spoilers for the first book in the trilogy.

The narration moves to Shaun in this instalment. I think the man we see from his point of view is different from the one George saw and described in Feed. Maybe we can let him off as he's having a tough time getting over the loss of his sister, although she's not completely gone; Shaun has started to hear her voice in his head. He's aware he's most likely crazy but that doesn't stop him trying to get to the bottom of the conspiracy which got her killed.

Whereas Feed dealt with the evolution of news reporting and spread of information, Deadline doesn't have any strong message other than …

Review of 'Deadline' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I didn't think Mira Grant would manage to make a sequel as gripping and as powerful as [b:Feed|7094569|Feed (Newsflesh, #1)|Mira Grant|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516M6ZVVt7L.SL75.jpg|7351419] but, if anything, I found Deadline even more difficult to put down. Mira Grant does not write for people who commute on trains, read on cigarette breaks or want to go to sleep early. She is very good at killing characters I don't expect to die, at times I don't expect them to die and at throwing plot twists I completely didn't see coming.

I can't wait for next year and the close to the trilogy. And I cannot emphasise the word Wow! enough to do this book justice.

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