Author: Mira Grant
Series/Number: Newsflesh Trilogy #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
Publication Date: May 1st, 2010
Page Count: 599
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.
The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.
The truth will get out, even if it kills them.
I did not get what I was looking for when I picked this up. I was looking for horror and terror, absolute carnage and mayhem. I wanted horror. This is categorized as horror on places like goodreads, but it’s also categorized as Science Fiction and I think that the latter fits much better. This book did not scare me in the general sense of horror. I wasn’t afraid of the zombies. What I got was a look at the human condition, at humanity in all its ugly glory. I got a look at the horror that living, breathing, uninfected humans would create in this post-apocalyptic climate.
Did I like this book? That’s probably the question you’re asking right now. That’s what reviews are for, and I can say that it is complicated. I loved the different take on zombies (though I wont spoil it). It’s a minor difference but it is absolutely fascinating and horrifiying at the same time. It’s something that you could only think of in your absolute nightmares. I loved the characters. They were deep and complicated and funny and so so real. They felt real and I felt for them. I loved and hated the ending, and if that doesn’t tell you anything well… I hope you find out for yourself.
What I didn’t love about this book was the pacing. It took far too long for the action to happen. Granted the first half of the book was interesting in terms of the little things going on. That good, good foreshadowing and those twists, but for me it dragged. I had started reading it physically and had to switch over to the audiobook 200 pages in. Thank god I did though. I don’t think I would have finished it otherwise. Halfway through things really picked up and I was hooked. I will give the book some credit in that it is the first in a series, so first-book-itus is bound to be happening here, but still it felt slow.
I also didn’t like that it was marketed as horror. I picked this up as part of my Horror Haunts series and it’s just not horror. It’s sci-fi through and through. Sure, the zombies are a hint of horror, but really 20 years after outbreak and zombies just aren’t really that scary anymore.
So, did I like this book? Yes. Did I like it as a horror book? No. Did I love it overall? No. Will I continue the series? Possibly… Maybe?… Yes?… All-in-all if you like zombies, political scandal, science fiction, and lots of shooting, this book is for you.
Rating: 4/5 (I’m close to giving it 4.5 for that ending alone, but I don’t know yet.”