by Mira Grant


Book #2 in Newsflesh Trilogy.
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.

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Damn, this book was insane!

I need a whole constellation lined up to rate it properly, because only 5 stars doesn’t seem to make it justice.. I loved every single word of it.

“I guess in the end, it doesn’t matter what we wanted. What matters is what we chose to do with the things we had.”

Deadline is one of those books that you want to read slowly, to savor every phrase, every discovery, every nuance, every little moment. Deadline is one of those books that you will carry with you long after you’ve closed the cover.
Mira Grant has described a world so unique and so close to my heart that I won’t ever forget – it’s a special place where people live among zombies, it’s a dangerous world where death is one step behind you.

 “I just find it interesting that kids apparently used to cry when Bambi’s mother died. George and I both held our breaths, and then cheered when she didn’t reanimate and try to eat her son.”

♥ If you loved the first book as much as I did, you will have this world kind of figured out. You will feel like you’re part of it, and you will enjoy every new discovery the characters make, and every twist into the story.

♥ If you loved the first book as much as i did, you will miss some characters with your whole heart, you will feel Shaun’s pain, you will cheer for him when he gets better, you will want to kiss him when he is so sweet that he melts your heart, you will want to hug him and keep him safe when he needs it.

♥ If you love this series as much as I do, you will enjoy every shocking scene, you will hold your breath with every danger approaching, you will get to the end wanting more, you will laugh, you will cry, you will hope, you will die a bit with every loss, you will feel like you’ve been reborn reading the last words..

There are things that you need to know, there are things that will break your heart, but also there are things that will fill your heart with joy – if the first book was a carousel of emotions, with this one you will get tickets for the entire amusement park.


Shaun is the perfect (male) main character – sarcastic, charming, lovely, and just a bit crazy. Truth being told, he is aware of his situation, so I don’t know if he really qualifies, but still I loved every bit of his ‘craziness‘ because it got me close to someone that I really, really missed.

“I feel the closest to crazy when I’m disagreeing with the voice in my head” 

I don’t remember caring so much about a fictional character, but Shaun felt so real, his emotions raw and powerful, his sarcasm making me smile, his pain making me sad. At the end of Feed he had to make some radical decisions that left him being only a shadow of his old self, with his craziness as his only anchor keeping him somehow sane. He has only one purpose in life: avenge, and he is willing to give his last breath for it to become true.

Kelly – I cared about her because she was prisoner in a world that didn’t need her, in a group that didn’t want her.. She knew that the truth has many faces, she showed them that the truth is not enough. It was sad because all that she had was this group of journalists, and there was no room for affection between them and her.

“There are truths the world isn’t ready to hear. There are truths that are just too big”

I liked Maggie – she was different than the others. She was used to staying at home, with her pack of tiny dogs, spending her family’s money in whatever felt right for her, writing poetry, watching horror post-apocalyptic movies, and the most important is that she was able to offer refugee for everybody in times of great need.

“And if there’s somebody you love, tell them. The world always needs more love.”

Becks  was one of my favorites too (how many favorites can I have?). She doesn’t mind speaking her mind and she enjoys poking the dead with a stick. She would have made a good match for the old Shaun, wouldn’t she?

“Why is it you assholes always feel the need to tell the media your evil plans before you kill us?” asked Becks.
“Is it a union requirement or something?”

Mahir – Georgia’s best friend from England. We only met him ‘personally‘ at the end of part one, but now we got to know more about him, and to see him in action too.

“He was the only one who never questioned the fact that she still talked to me. Frankly, I think he was jealous that she never spoke to him.”

Alaric was the smart one, the one that was always one step forward, the one that knew the meaning of all those complicated things that me and Shaun never understood. He was there to explain to ‘us’ (theoretically just to Shaun, but I was almost always as clueless as he was), to show us the obvious, to make us see the truth when we had it in front of us and we couldn’t cope with it.

“Ask her what would have happened if you hadn’t pulled the trigger”

Want to know more?
This book series is simply  AMAZING, what you’re waiting for?.. Read it!

Note: Original pictures by dust-bite.
See more amazing artwork on the orange-zombie blog.

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2 responses to “Deadline”

  1. Kimberly Costa says:

    this book was fantastic. Seanan McGuire aka Mira Grant is a wonderful writer. It amazes me that she wrote Rosemary and Rue..which was a 5/5..the whole series is..then turns around and writes about Zombies..I can’t wait for book 3 Blackout..coming in May 2012!!
    She has a new series coming out called Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, #1)

    • Ari says:

      I didn’t get the chance to read other books by Mira /Seanan, but after reading this series I will definitely read more from her, because (as everyone can see from my reviews) I really like her writing style.
      And I am glad to hear that every series she writes is different from the previous – this is what I call a ‘good writer’, the one that comes with something new every time.
      I don’t know if after only 2 books I can call myself a fan, but I really feel like one 😉

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