Have you read Feed by Mira Grant? If not, then don't read this review 'cause there are some pretty big spoilers below and I'd hate to ruin it for you. In fact, if you haven't read Feed, go out and get a copy right now. It's great. Good world building, vivid characters, and an engrossing story. Total A read.
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So... I'm not a big fan of horror but I am a big fan of Seanan McGuire, aka Mira Grant, and Feed ending up being a super surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed it and having to wait a whole year for Deadline, the second book in the trilogy, was excruciating. I was giddy when I saw Grant would be signing copies at BEA and showed up an hour before the signing to make sure I nabbed a copy. (Ok, Yes. I was asked to leave and come back closer to the appointed signing time but I was there. I was there.)
Deadline picks up about two years after Feed. Shaun Mason is now head of the news blog, After the End Times, as the previous editor, his sister George, was murdered. George had been deliberately infected with Kellis-Amberlee, the virus that causes zombie-ism and Shaun was forced to shoot her dead. Something like that takes a toll on a guy. Since then, Shawn has been going through the motions, marking time, and acting a little crazy. He's bitter and angry and he spends most of his time talking to George. What makes this cuckoo bananas is that George talks back to him. Wherever Shaun goes, no matter what he is doing, there is a constant dialogue in his head between the two. It was heartbreaking to have George die at the end of Feed and I’m glad her presence is a part of Deadline – even if it is really just part of Shaun’s crazy. When a CDC researcher shows up at Shaun’s home in Oakland with news that George’s death may have been a smaller piece of a far greater conspiracy, Shaun is once again thrust into danger. Forced to go on the run, Shaun and the After the End Times crew race to uncover the truth behind the Kellis-Amberlee virus and bring vengeance to those responsible for George’s untimely death.