Genre: post-apocalyptic zombie fiction
Length: 634 pages
Setting: the U.S., 2041, immediately following the events of Deadline
Interest: It’s the third (and final) book in the Newsflesh series
Summary: Georgia is alive, but it turns out she’s not really Georgia. She’s an illegal clone the CDC made and the most accurate one yet. She’ll be recycled (for a more compliant model to be used to control Shaun) except that the EIS has infiltrated the CDC and worked to get her out. Shaun and the remaining leadership of The End Times have gone underground with a mad scientist studying the K-A virus. Georgia is breaking out of the Seattle CDC location just as Shaun is breaking in. The group is brought to the White House to be believable spokespeople for the CDC (who are trying to control the population through fear and tactical outbreaks). Instead, they kidnap the President (which was his goal in bring the team in ) and break open the conspiracy.
Final thoughts: This was an exciting conclusion to the series. The CDC got too powerful and started focusing on keeping power instead of helping people. They were able to do so by scaring most of the population and trying to intimidate any outspoken opponents. (Gee, sound familiar? *cough* Patriot Act *cough*). There was lots of action, and even some humor among all the bullets and zombie killing.
I loved how Shaun completely didn’t react when Georgia showed up at the CDC because he just thought she was another hallucination. Of course, he was then shocked when everyone could see her as well. I was quite surprised when it was revealed that Shaun and Georgia were intimate. I guess there were signs in the previous books (they always shared a room; neither had a significant other), but I missed them all.
Title comes from: Again, a play on news (the blackout of news coming out of the latest outbreak from Florida, for example) and catastrophe.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 39/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a G in my Author Alphabet Challenge
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