Mini reviews for mini books, right? Here’s the low-down on two Newsflesh novellas, each review in a hundred words or less. Mira Grant’s Feed was my first zombie book, and now I’m hooked (in the deer in the headlights kind of way). Now I have to go read a horror-repelling unicorn shiny sparkly fluff book so that I don’t get nightmares!
Countdown delves into how the zombie-making Kellis-Amberlee virus that shaped George and Shaun Mason’s post-apocalyptic world in Feed came about. Grant detailed the intricate biology behind the virus, which made her zombie transformation theory very convincing (and therefore that much more terrifying). Reading this after reading Feed builds up a sense of dread; Countdown shows the makings of a nightmare while capturing the horror movie-esque suspense. Like pouring salt on a wound, Grant also exposes the worst of human nature through this novella.
Fed is an alternate ending for Feed. I personally liked the original ending better because it’s the lesser of the two evils, so to speak, and because it makes for a more interesting plot-jump in the sequel. But I find it amazing how – just by changing some minor details in the last few chapters of Feed – Grant can create an ending with a completely different feel to it.
Have you read the Newsflesh Trilogy? If not, are you planning to?