by Mira Grant
We cured cancer and the common cold, but once those two medicines were combined, we created zombies. Twenty years later mankind still survives and bloggers are a big part of the news (they broke the zombie stories and how to survive). A Senator is running for president and part of his retinue are a couple of bloggers, the first ones allowed on the campaign trail. This is their story.
I loved the backdrop. The world building is amazing. At times the worldbuilding dominates as the story waits in the wings, but I was entranced. It begins with crazy zombie action to pull you in. Santa Cruz, CA still isn’t safe but Shaun needs to poke a zombie with a stick for ratings and his sister Georgia is with him to film. Shaun is the sensationalist and Georgia is the factual newsie. Buffy is their techie and fictionalist who writes the poetry and stories. The story is mainly told from Georgia’s POV interspersed with Shaun’s and most chapters have a blog post to start/end it so you get an idea of writing style as well as their inner thoughts.
So this is not a zombie book. Zombies are the backdrop, the way of life and it isn’t pretty. Everyone, when they die will rise, so you have to be very careful and armed most of the time. If you get bit, the virus amplifies and you die and become the walking dead. Any animal over 40 pounds can rise, so you can’t go hiking, let alone outside. It is a crazy strict world where most people stay indoors and never gather in a crowd. To go to a hotel, get in your house, enter your car or go shopping – you perform a blood test. This book really is about the news. About politics and about how far journalists go to break a story, and how far an agenda will take people and what they are willing to do. It was crazy, it was horrible and it was fascinating. I cried, but that is what I do. I was at my sister’s and we were all hanging out reading as I was finishing this book and I couldn’t stop the tears. Grant may have pulled a few emotional strings for a bit and I think I would have sobbed a little more if I didn’t have an audience. *Sniff*
So, it is a zombie book too which means blood, guts, brains and people dying. It isn’t for the faint of heart. While this isn’t the grossest book I have read, it gets a little upsetting.
If you haven’t read this book and are interested in doing it, don’t read any reviews of book two because it will give some stuff away. It is a dangerous world and a bunch of folks don’t make it on the campaign trail. It is nuts. I feel like I went through fire with these people and I really like them. I can’t wait to read book two so we can hang out some more. I know they are taking all the risks living in this world I am just visiting, but I really enjoyed our time together. Thank goodness this isn’t the Neverending Story where I get sucked in, because I don’t think I would last very long. Anyway, 4 stars seen above an enclosed zombie-proof (this includes large mammals) area so you can lay down outside and feel safe while staring at the sky.
Could you imagine being taken down by your zombie dog or a moose?! Man…what a world.