Mira Grant is the author of the popular and bestselling Newsflesh zombie trilogy consisting of Feed, Deadline, and Blackout. The stories in When Will You Rise: Stories to End the World were originally published on Grant's blog leading up to the release of Deadline in 2011, with a new story posted each day. They are now collected in their entirety in When Will You Rise from Subterranean Press.
Anyone who has read the trilogy is familiar with the state of the world after the zombie uprising and how the main characters, Georgia and Shaun, lived through it and continued to survive. Readers have had hints here and there and some explanation of the past and when the uprising began in the summer of 2014. When Will You Rise tells those stories, of Shaun and Georgia's parents, of the scientists working on a cure for the common cold, and those working on a cure for cancer and how the two ended up comingling in the atmosphere to turn everyone into ticking zombie time bombs: once you die you come back a zombie hungry for human flesh.
When Will You Rise is an excellent compendium to the trilogy, filling in gaps and histories that the original three books all but gloss over. Fans of the series will not be disappointed, and for those wanting a small taste of what the series has to offer, to whet their appetite, When Will You Rise is a perfect start.
Originally written on September 25, 2012 ©Alex C. Telander.
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