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Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – May 2011


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reissue edition (May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031608106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316081061
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,290,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book is fast-paced and so well written it makes you check your doors and windows are locked and peer into the dark corners looking for zombies... I really would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes the supernatural/fantasy gene; it's just a fantastic read that I found hard to put down with a really twisted ending leaving the reader wanting more.' (DARK MATTER)

[An] adrenaline-packed, quick-witted tale of medicine and mayhem ... Deft cultural touches, intriguing science and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

'This was an absolutely excellent continuation of this series. Things that happen in this book will absolutely take your breath away; it is absolutely engaging and really makes you think... Personally, I think this is the best zombie-themed writing since World War Z' (FRINGE) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The gripping sequel to the science fiction zombie-thriller FEED. The truth won't rest, and neither will the dead . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Verspeak VINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed Feed and was looking forward to the sequel. However, possible spoilers ahead, Deadline was missing a few key ingredients that made Feed so good. It also included stuff that really wasn't necessary. If you liked Feed for all the action and fighting, you really might not enjoy the sequel.

As a read, its pretty good. Its just as accessible and believable as Feed and Mira Grant paints an engaging picture of post-apocalypse. The characters are not great - we really only learn anything about Sean Mason as a personality, everyone else just exists in his world. Or head. The development of the plot from Feed works well enough for Deadline to feel planned, as opposed to just tacked onto an unexpectedly successful original story. But it is overly long - around 600 pages - largely due to way too many explanations that Sean is crazy and doesn't care what anyone thinks of this and far far too many descriptions of blood tests. Blood tests to get into buildings. Blood tests to get out. Blood tests to get into cars and into shops. Blood tests to go houses, garages, and the toilet. Yeah, technically that last one comes in the sneak preview of the final book in the trilogy, but you get my meaning.

If you enjoyed Feed, you'll probably have that 'what happened next?' kind of feeling. You have to know how deep the conspiracy goes and who was really behind Tate. In which case you'll get something out of this sequel. Go ahead and buy it.

But, here's the big problem with Deadline - this is a possible spoiler, but I doubt it. Anyway:

Deadline is not a zombie novel, it is a thriller. I say this because there are next to no zombies in the whole book. Seriously: there are almost zero undead in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liberty Gilmore on 31 Jan. 2013
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What's Good About It

After being blown away by the first instalment of this trilogy, I was excited to get my hands on Deadline for ages. And it didn't disappoint. Unlike so many second parts of trilogies which are flabby around the edges, stalling for time, and with no real sense of threat, Deadline only escalates the tension. Shaun's deteriorating mental state only makes him more of a loose cannon, and in a world populated by the reanimated dead, being a loose cannon is a very very dangerous thing to be.

With the conspiracy going even deeper, there's plenty of mystery to unravel. Once again, Grant's world building is second to none. Her story is all the more sinister for the CDC procedural details woven into the narrative. The story never seems to lose pace for the extra detail, which is a very good thing, because such a level of detail could easily bog the story down. With a lot of the heavier world building work done before in Feed, Deadline doesn't have to work as hard for its realism, giving it more space to explore the terrifying world and politics its characters live in.

And speaking of characters, the transition to Shaun's point of view is seamless. His character is very different to Georgia's cold, analytical mind, but he works just as well as a vehicle to drive the story. And as slightly creepy (a fact that Mira Grant doesn't shy away from, which pleased me) as Shaun and Georgia's mind sharing relationship becomes, it's a fantastic way of keeping Georgia in the story, in a way that never feels forced or twee.

What's Not So Good

Once again, if you're looking for a cheap thrills zombie apocalypse, this isn't really what you're looking for.

Rating: 5/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 24 Dec. 2012
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It's several months after FEED and Shaun still hasn't recovered from the murder of his sister Georgia - to the extent that he now hears her voice in his head. He's retired as an Irwin but still runs After The End Times with the considerable help of Mahir from his base in London. When Dr Kelly Connolly from the CDC suddenly arrives on his doorstep it's troubling for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that she's been reported on the blogsphere as having died.

Kelly's brought news of a troubling conspiracy within CDC relating to data on the spread of the Kellis-Ambrose virus (the virus that led to the zombie apocalypse). Shaun almost immediately gets an idea of how powerful a conspiracy this is when the powers that be call down a firestorm on the headquarters of his blog. Soon he and his team are on the trail to get to the bottom of the mystery, which will see them go cross-country, encounter underground labs and meet lots and lots of zombies ...

Mira Grant's sequel to FEED develops the overall conspiracy story arc and widens the scope of the action while giving Shaun a more central role.

Depressed by Georgia's death, Shaun's getting used to the responsibility that comes with leadership. His conversations with Georgia worked well and Grant does well at showing how his attachment to her harms his relationship with others, especially new Irwin head, Rebecca, who's emotional interest Shaun remains oblivious to.

You don't need to have read FEED to follow DEADLINE, but you get more from it if you do. Although I'm a little tired of shadowy government conspiracies and games within games, Grant keeps it going well and it's interesting to get a new slant on familiar characters.
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