The first in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, Feed, was the second book ever reviewed on this blog, back in October. Since then, Feed has been nominated for the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novel (awarded by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy novel).
The Newsflesh series webpage, on Grant’s site, does a great job of summarizing the plot of Feed and the series concept. The final book, Blackout, is scheduled for May 2012 release.
GRANT, Mira. Deadline. 608p. (Newsflesh Trilogy). Orbit. 2011. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-316-08106-1. LC number unavailable.
Adult/High School–Shaun Mason is literally mad with grief after the death of his sister. She still speaks to him. He still answers her, aloud. While the Kellis-Amberlee virus continues to rage throughout the population, transforming ordinary humans into flesh-eating zombies, Shaun cannot get past seeking revenge for Georgia’s death. A young scientist from the Center for Disease Control stages her own death in order to reach Shaun and his After the Endtimes blogging crew, revealing important research that is being suppressed by CDC authorities. Humans with reservoir conditions, which are pockets of the live Kellis-Amberlee virus that are stored in a particular organ, may possess immunity to full-blown infection. In other words, someone like Georgia, who had a reservoir condition affecting her eyes, might have survived her exposure to Kellis-Amberlee without turning into a zombie. Shaun sets off cross-country seeking answers. Ominously, one certainty emerges: Kellis-Amberlee is being deliberately kept alive by someone with a lot of power. Once again, Grant presents that excellent combination of intellectual discourse and terrifying action that appeals to many teens. Readers of sophisticated thrillers reminiscent of the work of Michael Crichton or Douglas Preston should enjoy this series. While this book moves a bit slower than Feed, the first volume in the trilogy (Orbit, 2010), it has a whopper of a twist at the conclusion.–Diane Colson, New Port Richey Public Library, FL