Horror Monday Book Review: Deadline by Mira Grant

March 9, 2015 Horror, Zombies 8

Horror Monday Book Review: Deadline by Mira GrantDeadline by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #2
Published by Orbit on 2011-06-01
Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
Pages: 624
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has.But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun.

My Thoughts Horror


The audio was awesome! I love the narration and could easily listen to this over and over! I’ve actually heard Chris Patton before in Yesterday’s Gone so I knew I would like him. Although I’ve never heard Nell Geisslinger she was perfect! The audio was actually so good that I think I’ll just listen to this over and over instead of picking up my copy. It’s fantastic. Both voices are soft but have a way of getting to the core of the story and really exacerbating the horror behind this!

Much like the first this book is full of zombies and also like the first, it’s also full of emotional turmoil. We’ve come to know and love the characters, to feel empathy for their pain and Shaun is in a lot of pain. What this book gives us is a look at how it feels to be put into situation after situation of absolute horror. He has to be strong for the others on his team, he still wants to find who was in charge of the entire conspiracy and it seems that it’s rearing it’s ugly head again.

The latest literature said to call them Post Kellis Amerberly Amplification Manifestation Syndrome Humans but fu** that! If they really wanted some fancy new term for zombie to catch on they should have made it easy to shout out at the top of your lungs or at least made sure it formed a catchy acronym.   They’re zombies. they’re brainless meat puppets controlled by a virus and driven by the endless need to spread their infection.

Although all three books have quite a bit about conspiracy and politics I loved them! As I said, the characters are well fleshed out (ahhaha pun intended) and you fall in love with them instantly knowing what they would do in certain situations. And then there’s the completely believable way Mira Grant introduces the virus to the world. It totally works but I think that’s the scariest thing of all. You have empathy for the characters while looking over your own shoulder! Brilliant!

The first was my favorite so far but as a sequel goes this doesn’t slow down. The plot stays on a roller coaster ride and just as you think things are starting to smooth out, we get another curve ball!

The Author Horror

About Mira Grant

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged.

Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same.

Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.


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8 Responses to “Horror Monday Book Review: Deadline by Mira Grant”

  1. Renae @ Respiring Thoughts

    I’m currently on the fence as to whether or not I liked Deadline more than Feed. Maybe I like them both equally for very different reasons? XD, who knows.

    Anyway, excellent review.

  2. novareylin

    Thank you!

    Just wait until you read Blackout! I loved it. I’m only sad that this is a trilogy. This is one series that I want to go on forever.

  3. Carrie Slager

    Personally, I liked Feed a lot more than I liked Deadline, probably because I’m more like Georgia than Shaun. But after mulling it over, Shaun is also a great narrator and an excellent contrast to his sister. I also have to agree that I wish the series went on. However, Mira Grant did end Blackout pretty well, considering. What I want to know is if there was ever a cure for Kellis-Amberlee!

    • novareylin

      I would love to find out also! I like Shaun quite a bit but probably because I’m way too scared to be like him! So I enjoyed his point of view quite a bit.

      She did come out with another book, Countdown that I still have to get. Sounds like a prequel to the trilogy! Interesting. 😉

        • novareylin

          Oh dang! I’ll have to steal my hubby’s nook again! If I do find it in paperback I’ll let you know! 😉

          • Carrie Slager

            Please do! I hope it comes out in paperback eventually, but it looks like I’ll eventually have to buy an e-reader to keep up with all the e-novellas and e-short stories writers are publishing now.