Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Zombie

Review: DEADLINE by Mira Grant


5 stars

Zombie | Science Fiction | Horror

“I just find it interesting that kids apparently used to cry when Bambi’s mother died. George and I both held our breaths, and then cheered when she didn’t reanimate and try to eat her son”
Rambling Continues:
Boom – made it to book two; Deadline occurs decades after the Rising, which as described in FEED was a two man-made virus which was ultimately created by curing the common cold and cancer. FINALLY?! Right? Wrong, dubbed the Kellis-Amberlee, or KA VIrus, which in fact did cure as it was supposed to also created the ability to amplify in any host mammal over 40 pounds, thus creating a flesh eating zombie. So here we are, surviving the zombie apocalypse while living amongst the undead – scary thought really. So where are we now with this? DEADLINE picks up a year after FEED, and it is Shaun Mason at the reins of the POV, still coming to terms with the ending of last years presidential campaign.
After the domino effects of the events in FEED, we have a new group with After the End Times, Shaun being the head of the blogging group, Becks Atherton (my new personal favorite female Irwin introduced in the cast), Dave Novakowski (Irwin), Maggie Garcia (Fictional), and Alaric Kwong (Newsie) are back at their regular jobs – trying to blog about the end of the world and how to live in it. Thinking the end of the corruption ended last year with that final gunshot to the head, a new conspiracy comes charging in; literally it knocks on their apartment door to say ‘Oh hello – shits coming’ and then boom, there is a massive zombie outbreak comes limping through their area. It falls on the group yet again to uncover some juicey details that our government is hiding! Namely some suspicious death counts that don’t match up, organized outbreak areas, oh my, even clones? Oh goryhell! There may also be the coolest mad scientist chick who is hilariously delicious in the mix.
I know what you are thinking… overload on data, cannot compute. But stay with me.
If a government survives an outbreak, then rebuilds, trying to find a cure – yet if there were any types of medical breakthroughs, would the government really repeat past histories by notifying the public? They would most likely be keeping secrets. Like… the possibility of certain people being immune to amplification? And if you read FEED, you know where I am going with this. The looming ‘what if’ possibility on a swinging string in Shaun’s mind – how many people have been killed in an instant because they were ‘infected’ without realizing the possibility of them being immune? Not only that, but why are there controlled areas yet there are massively large outbreaks occurring around the globe? Seems kind of odd, doesn’t it? Shit really hits you in the gut. That is DEADLINE in a nutshell.
So this is why my biggest love for this series is that the constant world building and character development because it is nothing but phenomenal. Again, it is painfully realistic the scenarios that are demonstrated within the plot. This is ultimately what interests me in any apocalyptic themed genre, and Grant does it amazingly as she does it perfect. After the emotional roller-coaster of characters within FEED, you now have the focus on virus development then how society responded to the rippling effects on both a social and biological perspective. Thus creating the post-apocalyptic scenario that impacts society, families, everyone connected – literally countries are lost; basically playing a huge psychologically consequences, really dives into the nitty gritty of human responsibility and medical ethics.  
Ultimately I do not have complaints about DEADLINE, especially in terms of character dynamics. I say this because each character had a purpose, had a point to make, which unlike in FEED, there were some supporting cast who were there as a means to drag the story along. This, at least in my opinion, didn’t happen again. Overall, the characters were the biggest part of my enjoyment. I will also admit, I really enjoyed Shaun’s POV. Because of how book one left off for Shaun, he is obviously two shakes away from a possible mental breakdown, one that was both emotionally and mentally painful to read, but Grant conveyed these emotions from the chapters, it was real. I felt it. Shaun is trying to process everything that has happened in the last years, without his George by his side, he is finding a hard balance in what is occurring in the world. Another key element that I was extremely pleased about was the ending, getting more pieces of the puzzle of what the government is capable of, which pulls us back into FEED, that the ‘predictable villain’ was merely a means of distraction. There is more to this picture that is bone chillingly good. 
Very satisfying ending to more of the puzzle. Yet, with more answers I gained more questions. Why? The possibility of what is to come as the outbreaks have a new means to spread and then the biggest question of all – who is actually immune to amplification and didn’t I mention clones earlier? Where is this going, and am I going to like it?

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