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.
I could pretty much summarise my reaction to Deadline thusly: Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant broke my brain.
I originally read Feed, the first book in the trilogy, a while back. And for reasons that I can’t pinpoint, I could not for the life of me get into it. I found Georgia as POV character really irritating, I didn’t like everything being explained time and time again. I was actually pretty hesitant to keep on reading the second book, but I decided to give it a go. And because I am weird, I went back and reread Feed first.
And I don’t know what my brain was doing the first time, because on reread, I found Georgia engaging, I loved the humour and I’m just generally kind of in awe of the worldbuilding. I love that I ended up caring so much about the characters, almost at times to the point where I didn’t care about the zombies.
Going onto book two, I found myself just caring more and more. I was worried about how Grant would continue the series after the events of the first book, but she’s done so admirably. Some of the new characters are amazing and fascinating, and I am amazed by how much their voices all differ. This one does get heavier on the science behind the zombie outbreak, but I never found that it detracted much from the enjoyment of the reading.
And the ending…without spoiling anything, the ending is what broke my brain. I should have seen it coming, but I absolutely didn’t. I cannot wait for the third book, which is currently in transit to me.