Monday, December 12, 2011

Deadline

I finally finished Deadline by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire). There's really only one valid thing to say about this book:

Holy. Fuck.

Seriously, this one takes you for some loops. The gang (minus one-half) is in hiding, on the run from the very people who should be protecting them. People die. Shit gets fanned. The conspiracy grows in such a way that it's absolutely despicable people like that can exist in the real world. And boy, do you feel for Shaun.

I'm going to try to keep this as spoiler free as I can. If you've read Feed, you have to read Deadline. It's not as contained a story as Feed was, and thus won't stand alone as well (not that it could anyway, the reader would be so confused) and is the typical middle-book of a trilogy. I don't say this as a bad thing, as a matter of fact nothing could have clinched me more as a lifetime reader of Seanan McGuire. The first book usually stands on it's own and has a satisfying, if unhappy, ending. The second book takes those few untied ends and turns them into a million untied ends, and the third book is where it all ends. The way I see trilogies, the second and third books could stand together as a full story arc.

I have no idea what is going on in the world. And by world, I mean the zombie-infested world of Shaun and Georgia Mason.

When I first started this series, I thought it was going to be a zombie apocalypse story. I was wrong. They're political thrillers, for lack of a better term. The zombies are only part of the setting. Let me tell you, this is fascinating. People are living their lives in this horrible new world, and the backstory is most of what keeps you hooked for the majority of the first book. How many times have you been able to say that? I never thought security systems and highways could be so interesting. But the computers and the virology, I already knew that was awesome.

Mira Grant (Seanan? Oh this is so confusing...) has no compunctions killing a character, and she makes them mean so much more than George R. R. Martin. We feel every emotion and every pain of Shaun and Georgia, and it rips you apart at some places.

Speaking of Shaun and Georgia, there's a very odd dynamic between the two of them. I know they're not actually related (and for those of you who haven't read it, don't worry there's nothing gross), but until the second book I would have thought they were both asexual. They both mean the world to each other, and on the other hand then, it's nice to see characters caring for each for reasons other than jumping each others' bones. The characters come from all different walks of life and have lives that they left behind, so they all feel real.

Ok, back to the setting. After the characters (who are all very fleshed out and different people), the setting is what really makes this book feel real. You learn about the mistakes everyone made post-rising, and how things have changed for the better or for the worse. The zombie apocalypse is the setting for the novel, not the plot. And it is so refreshing. You read it and wonder why no one has thought of this before. And seriously, why hasn't anyone thought of this before? It's so logical...

Well, to sum up my ramblings, you should read Feed, and then you should read Deadline. I listened to them as audiobook, and the narrators did a really great job. Especially the second one, when Shaun narrates, and I don't usually like male narrators because they're voice gets muddled. (Females, while there can be a bit of an annoyance factor, have much clearer voices.) But Shaun did a great job. (In the second; the first-book Shaun is muddly.)

Wow, this review jumped all over the place. Anyway, Blackout is the last book in the trilogy, and is set to come out June 1, 2012.

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