Warning: Cliffhanger (AAAAAAA)
If you haven’t read Feed, do not read this please. I cannot write this review without spoiling the end of Feed. If Feed is ruined, then everything is ruined. Please do not do that to yourself if you ever even think you’re going to read this series.
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.
“If I were still seeing a psychiatrist, I’m sure I’d be getting lectured on how unhealthy my attitude is. Good thing I fired my shrink, huh?”
There is no way for me to talk about this book without mentioning the full on despair I felt while reading it. I couldn’t stop crying. Someone who was not meant to be alone who is now alone is heartbreaking. The fact that they’re experiencing a full on mental break as the person they lost is now talking to them inside their head makes it even worse. I just couldn’t deal. I had to keep crying and reading, crying and reading.
Shaun is the focus of this book for obvious reasons. He is still broken. He is still crazy. His only motivation for this book is because of George. A main character without any motivation except to do what their sister tells them sounds like it wouldn’t really be very fun to read, right? Wrong. It is exactly what I wanted to read. Part of the reason is because of the pain inherent in listening to your dead sister. It is incredible to read. It is horrifying to experience (which makes it a perfect read).
Deadline is much more in line with what I expect out of a zombie novel. Feed was super interesting because we were just following a presidential campaign until it turned into a conspiracy. Deadline is pure zombie story. Everything about it is about the zombie outbreak, both current and the initial outbreaks. While it was well done, I was actually more interested in the first one’s story because it was such a unique idea.
The idea of the zombie plague is quickly growing even more complicated in Deadline. What started off as a simple idea has grown to monumental proportions. It keeps changing every time we figure out the new part. On the one hand, I understand the need to do this to keep the story going. You have to write about something, after all. Plus, you have to follow up with what happened at the end of Feed. On the other hand, I don’t really care for zombie stories so I was kinda bored about all the parts I wasn’t crying over.
Their job as bloggers made sense in Feed. At times in Deadline, it felt like it was sort of shoehorned in. Then again, the entire idea of their job as bloggers feels a bit unnatural. That is the world they live in, where this sort of job can exist. It just feels really, really weird to me still.
This killed me to read. You need to go read this, too. That cliffhanger haunted my dreams last night.
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