Deadline by Mira Grant (Newsflesh #2)
Reviewed by GGGinny
Review for Book 1
What I drank: hard seltzer and champagne. Not in that order. It was really nice champagne.
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.
Drunk Overview: first off, spoilers for book 1. With George dead, Shaun is struggling. Then Kelly (cdc lady from bk 1) shows up with data that has gotten people killed. Meaning Shaun and co. are off to solve another mystery. But withoit George. Or at least withoit a George that lives outside of Shaun’s head.
Drunk Thoughts: its been a while since I first read this series which meant I forgot thay we met one of my favorite characters in this book. Magdalena has taken over the fictionals and she is a blast. The kind of person who makes pancakes while threatening someone.
- This book has such interesting portrayals of grief. Shaun may have been closest with George, but losing her affected Mahir and Kelly and … literally everyone.
- Looking at the different reactions… its a reminder that Grant/McGuire seems to have a view into the human psyche thats just rare.
- On to more fun topics. This bokk introduces a mad scientist who leans into those tropes but also isnt evil?
- Which means she’s a blast (when yoj aren’t the person dealing with her)
- Man, I havent even touched the plot. Hopefully my summary above made it clear that theres a conspiracy. Looking at these things from Shauns POV is almost more interesting. George was so good ay considering options that her breakthroughs made sense. They still held weight. But Shaun putting pieces together could be DEVASTATING!
- He worked hard for every insight. And the fact that he was an Irwin (professional zombie hunter) made the logical leaps a little more impressive.
- Bit this plot… WILD! Seriously. Ive read this book before but still had this sense of dread when certain scenes were happening.
- There is this eerie scene where something seems to be abandoned that had my hair on edge.
- I also felt like this book allowed all of our main characters to have a chance to be a hero, even the ones that didnt have a heroic background.
- I feel like I have a ton more to say, but Im going to keep this short because Im tired. This book feels sobrooted in human nature that even the plot points that could have felt absurd felt real in a way that life right now doesnt reach on a regular basis.
What I’d Pair it With: this book almost felt like a constant gutpunch. So whatever your favorite bottom shelf liquor is. Something that packs a punch and lingers on your tongue.