Genre: post-apocalyptic thriller
Length: 581 pages
Setting: the U.S. in 2041, a few months after the events in Feed
Interest: It’s the second book in the Newsflesh trilogy, following Feed.
Summary: Georgia died at the end of the last book, and we open with Shaun barely coping with her death. He’s no longer going in the field (it’s not fun for him anymore) and he holds regular conversations with Georgia, who seems to be living in his head. In the midst of this, the End Times news team is presented with a new conspiracy to blow open. People with reservoir conditions seems to be dying at an accelerated rate, and that trend is particularly noticeable right before a new strain evolves. Turns out, some members of the CDC have been creating new strains of the virus, hoping to avoid the creation of a reservoir condition in order to better control the population at large. Turns out, the reservoir condition can lead to a cure of the infection, a fact no one in power wants to leak out.
Final thoughts: This was a page-turner I had a hard time putting down. It’s a huge conspiracy they uncover, but believable that’s it’s kept secret because it’s so easy to kill people legally, no questions asked. Shaun and his team just happen to know the right people to get the details of the conspiracy. Unfortunately, they haven’t shared everything they know with the wider world, because this conspiracy is too big to resolve in a single book.
The science plays a significant role in the story. Both the science and the lab culture are at least plausible, so it’s nice to see the author made an effort in that respect. I’m glad I started this series after the whole thing was written, though, because Grant is the best at dropping bombshells in the last few pages, and I need to finish the series and find out what happens soon.
Title comes from: Another play on words. Deadline works both in terms of writing up the news and as a zombie callback.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 9/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a D in my Title Alphabet Challenge
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