Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Deadline + Giveaway!

Shaun Mason is a shell of his former self. He doesn’t find joy in poking at zombies or blogging anymore. His life feels empty because his sister Georgia was killed. He doesn’t feel completely alone because George speaks to him in his head. Although well aware that the voice isn’t really George, he still speaks to her and makes his co-workers uneasy coupled with his penchant for rages and bursts of violence. Everything turns around when a CDC scientist fakes her own death and comes to him for help. Her work researching KA reservoir conditions is being repressed by someone killing everyone else on her team. Her research could lead to the real people that killed Georgia. So, after avoiding a messy murder attempt disguised as a zombie outbreak, Shaun and his news team need to stay one step ahead of their enemies and figure out why this research is being suppressed and how it relates to his sister’s death. Shaun needs to keep enough sanity to not completely alienate his friends and stay vigilant because the slightest mistake could mean the death of everyone he cares about.

I loved Deadline. As with the first book, I was completely glued to the page within the first chapter. If I had my way, I would have sat and read this book for as long as it took me to finish it. But in real life, pesky things like eating and sleeping forced me to reluctantly put the book down. The aspect that struck me the most was the detail in describing the Kellis-Amberlee virus and how it works. I’m always interested in the science aspect of zombies because I like the zombie mechanics to actually make sense within the world. This virus is the most unique I’ve ever read because a dormant version of it is in each and every person. I really couldn’t have asked for more scientific detail, which made the world incredibly realistic. When I read the book, I felt fully immersed in this wonderful and terrible world that seemed so much like our own.

In Feed, I noticed Shaun, but he didn’t honestly make a huge impact with me. Georgia’s character outshined him, mostly due to the fact the she narrated that book. He really shines in Deadline and has many more facets than I previously thought. Fiercely loyal and quick to anger, Shaun is an emotional character who feels crazy and broken since his sister died. The only one who really understands him is her voice in his head. He knows she’s dead and not really speaking to him, but the inner voice still provides insight and guidance. Shaun grew as a character from being shallow and adventure seeking to someone more fragile and serious. Through all of his pain, he never once gives up on finding answers. I enjoyed getting to know Shaun. I really want to reread Feed now and pay more attention to his character to better see the changes he’s gone through.

Deadline is a relentless adventure. The plot doesn’t stop and alternates between heart-stopping adventure and slow burning mystery solving. I like that this book is half action movie and half cerebral mystery. The ending is completely shocking, but sets up the next book. I’m glad Deadline isn’t a typical second book, where it’s typically just filler for the finale. I can’t wait for the next book and I would recommend this to all zombie fans.

My rating: 5/5 fishmuffins


Giveaway alert!! I'm giving away one copy of Feed and Deadline by Mira Grant to one lucky reader. Comment below with a way I can contact you. +2 entries for following and +1 for spreading the word (up to 5 times).

Open internationally. Ends 10/27/ Good luck!!


kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Best books of this year for me easily! Love love love them and now the wait for Blackout is unbearable with such shocking ending :)
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M.A.D. said...

Okay, this series sounds terrific - how did I miss it?? lol
I'm like you, in order for me to suspend disbelief and really enjoy the story it needs to have some basis in science or theory - the more the better.

Please enter me and thanks a billion braaiiiiiiiiinnnz ;D

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Melliane said...

I didn't know this one (again) but it sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway !

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vvb32 reads said...

great zombie book duo! good to hear deadline is just as good as feed.

E. Van Lowe said...

I have discovered so many books from you. You read the best books.


Sofija Kapranova said...

Zombies! I love them! Thanks for the contest
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buddyt said...

I haven't read the first in the series although I did read some reviews of it, which were mostly good.

Your review goes into a bit more detail on the book and has re-awakened my interest in reading the series so please enter me in the giveaway.

Thanks for opening it to worldwide entries.

Much appreciated.


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Spav said...

I've had this series on my wishlist for quite a while. It sounds awesome!

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Sam said...

I've had my eye on this for AGES! Thank you so much for the chance to win. Great Giveaway. Count me in. :)


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Gisele Alv said...

Pleaseeee count me in!! I LOVEEE the cover! When I saw the EKG i said "Those heart beats are irregular" im studying medicine and I love reading books too, so I keep reading and BAM I knew it ZOMBIES!!!

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BlackWolf said...

great giveaway

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Aik said...

I've heard so much about Mira's books. I'd love to read them!

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