[Review] Countdown by Mira Grant

Fry's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 1st October, 2014

[Review] Countdown by Mira GrantCountdown by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #0.5
Published by Orbit on August 1st, 2011
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 105
The year is 2014, the year everything changed. We cured cancer. We cured the common cold. We died.

This is the story of how we rose.

When will you rise?

Ugh. Okay. So, I recently devoured The Girl With All the Gifts and I’ve inadvertently thrown myself into a zombie frenzy. Of course, the one series that gets all the devotion in this genre is Mira Grant’s Newsflesh. But, you see, I’ve read Feed and Deadline and a good chunk of Blackout. Except Blackout was becoming a bit emotionally too much for me. So, when I made the decision to finish the series, I decided to go with the novellas first before throwing myself back into the feelspocolypse.

Unfortunately, I didn’t expect the story of how the Rising came to be to also include bits about the Masons and their little boy Phillip. I can’t escape the feeling barrage even when I’m trying.

I’ve mentioned before that Seanan McGuire’s books totally stress me out, and her pen name for writing science fiction horror is no exception.

Doctor Wells with his Marborg-Amberlee trials have cured cancer and Alexander Kellis with his untested rhinovirus cure is hoping to stop the world from having to deal with colds. When Robert Stalnaker writes a news article about Kellis’s cure and how it would only be for those who could afford it, a radical ‘terrorist’ movement breaks into Kellis’s lab and sets the untested virus free. What follows is a few weeks with no sickness, until the virus makes contact with Marborg-Amberlee and starts to mutate. By that point, there is no way to stop amplifacation and the dead begin to rise and feed and make more dead.

So much carnage, like any good beginning to a horror film. This novella was fantastic. The slow start, as the world began to circle the drain and the buildup of the tension and action make this a really quick read. It follows some of the main components to the Kellis-Amberlee outbreaks, showing how unexpected and devastating human made viral components can be.

Written by Fry


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