Monday, February 11, 2013
The Newsflesh Trilogy
On to the main reason for my post: A quick review of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh Trilogy. Do you like zombies, government conspiracy, and blogging? If so, this trilogy could be for you. (If not, feel free to stop reading now.)
The trilogy is three books: Feed, Deadline, and Blackout. I read all three in the span of a week. No kidding. All three books. They are by no means incredibly lengthy or challenging. They’re light and fluffy --or as light and fluffy as post-apocalyptic America overrun by zombies can be. Classic zombie fans may find the back story interesting simply for the references to popular culture references. When the “outbreak” happened in 2014, one of the credited reasons for most of the survivors was George Romero’s classic zombie films which essentially became overnight zombie survival guides. There’s a reason why most characters either are or know a “George” (or some variation like Georgia, Georgette, Geo).
The story begins with sibling bloggers Georgia “George” and Shaun Mason from Berkeley, California and how they get the job of a lifetime, covering the campaign of a rising political star on his way to the Republican National Convention. Georgia and Shaun can be a bit off-putting at first. Georgia’s a bit standoffish and cold and Shaun seems like a bit of a dumbass for a good amount of the first book, but these characters and their supporting cast quickly grow on you and you come immersed in their lives, their lingo, their modus operandi, and their culture.
Grant's writing combines action with a decent plot-line and a few twists that will hopefully keep you on your toes. She's no Shakespeare, but she definitely blows Stephanie Meyers out of the water (though not that hard to do in my opinion, so maybe not the best compliment I could've given?).
I don’t want to say too much and give away the plot (and if I go much farther there will be spoilers), but suffice it to say: If you like reading about zombies, government conspiracies, semi-realistic science fiction, or journalists, this may be a series for you to check out.
Also, they’re available as ebooks on Amazon right now for $7.59 each.