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Title: Thirteen Hours
Author: Francis Gideon
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 1.5/5
# pages: 73 pages
Date read: January 2017

Hans longs to be accepted by his academic peers. When he discovers a cure for the ongoing zombie crisis, he thinks he's finally achieved that goal - only to be stripped of his rank and unceremoniously tossed out on the streets.

With nowhere else to turn, Hans, his wife, and her lover Joan look for solutions in other areas, cobbling together a lab and supplies by scrounging the back alleys of London. The only thing they lack is a body to experiment on.

When the body of a young man shows up, it's almost too good to be true. Hans has only thirteen hours to work, but he's determined to prove himself. The clock is ticking, and nothing is ever as easy as it seems...

If goodreads hadn't told me otherwise, I'd have assumed this was Francis Gideon's first book. The plot showed definite potential, but was very poorly executed and the characters were two-dimensional and caricatures. The writing was choppy and needed editing, and at a mere 73 pages, the author wanted to do far too much, and had to rush through the various stages of the plot (which actually turned out to be a good thing... I doubt I would have finished it, had it been much longer). For a book containing zombies, it was awfully tame, with not even the fear of an attack to add tension to the story, and unfortunately the main love-story seemed tacked on and completely unbelievable.

A shame.
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Title: Wool (Wool #1)
Author: Hugh Howey
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 58
Date read: October, 2016

Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you'll get what you wish for.

I honestly don't know what I think of this book. I liked it well enough, but found it exceedingly weird! Even more so, because it's the first in a series. I think I'd have thought it less weird as a stand-alone short-story, but I really can't figure out where Hugh Howey will take it from here.

Guess there's only one way to find out ;)
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Title: Feedback (Newsflesh #4)
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 512
Date read: October, 2016

FEEDBACK is a full-length Newsflesh novel which overlaps the events of Feed and covers the Presidential campaign from the perspective of reporters covering the Democrats side of the story.

There are two sides to every story...

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the truth while competing against the superstar Masons, surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows.

A companion novel to "Feed". Takes place at the same time, but focusing on another blogging team, following one of the democratic nominees.

Every bit as good as I've come to expect from Mira Grant's novels. Granted, it couldn't quite live up to "Feed", but then none of her subsequent novels could. The plot is pretty much the same as "Feed", just focusing on another team and another set of 'incidents', but it was interesting getting background on some of the characters who only briefly appear in "Feed". Besides, I love the universe and was happy to see more of it :)

I did think Mira Grant perhaps tried a bit too hard to be diverse in this novel. The blogging team included a lesbian, a bisexual person AND a gender-fluid person... who at the same time were white, Asian and black respectively. I'm all for diversity in novels, but this seemed more like checking off boxes.
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Title: Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 608
Date read: July, 2016

A collection of all the Newsflesh short stories published until now, plus two never seen before. Some are obviously better than others, but they're all well worth reading for people wanting to remain (figuratively only, obviously!) in that universe.

The book includes a short introduction by the author to each short story, which I enjoyed.

Short stories included:
- Countdown
- Everglades
- San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the Browncoats (this one always makes me cry)
- How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea
- The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell
- Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus
- All the Pretty Little Horses (*new* - how the Masons moved on from losing their son in the rising)
- Coming to You Live (*new* - 2 years after Shaun and Georgia disappeared off to Canada)
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Title: Atlantia
Author: Ally Condie
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 368
Date read: April, 2016

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above - of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio's true self - and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden - she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Not a particularly good book, but a question was asked in the first chapter that I desperately want answered, so I kept reading regardless, hoping that it was a good answer, so it'd be worth it!

Fortunately it was a decent enough answer, so I wasn't disappointed in that regard, but the writing just couldn't live up to what I'd expected from Ally Condie. It was just plain unengaging (for want of better word), so if it hadn't been for wanting to know the aforementioned answer, I probably never would have gotten through the book.

There were a lot of other questions left unanswered though, and as a whole, I just didn't find the book neither terribly well-written nor interesting. A shame, because it really did have a lot of potential.
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Title: The Girl with All the Gifts
Author: M.R. Carey
Genre: Dystopian, Suspense
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 435 pages
Date read: March, 2016

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

DEFINITELY not your average zombie novel... And I think I need to revisit my attitude of "not liking zombie novels". Between this, "Feed" and "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" I'm constantly being proven wrong.

But like I said - this is definitely not your run-of-the-mill zombies. Melanie is a fully cognisant human being, with the capacity to focus on other things than her hunger. She feels love, fear, empathy, is insanely intelligent and makes connections to other people. And it is those connections (not to mention, the way other people respond to her) that makes this such a fascinating book. I couldn't put it down.

I'm glad "The Girl with All the Gifts" turned out to be a stand-alone novel. 20 pages before the end, I wondered how on earth they were going to wrap everything up in time, but M. Carey took a completely different track than I had expected, making for an unusual, but totally satisfactory ending.
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Title: Oasis (The Last Humans, #1)
Author: Dima Zales
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-fi
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 238
Date read: February, 2016

My name is Theo, and I'm a resident of Oasis, the last habitable area on Earth. It's meant to be a paradise, a place where we are all content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues us.

I was once content too, but now I'm different. Now I hear a voice in my head, and she tells me things no imaginary friend should know. Her name is Phoe, and she is my delusion.

Or is she?

I received this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I love dystopian novels, so I figured it would be right up my aisle.

And as the rating indicates - it was. Slightly slow to start, but once it did, I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of "Ready Player One" (Ernest Cline) meets "Across the Universe" (Beth Revis) meets "Unwind" (Neil Shusterman). And if you think that sounds like a really weird meshup, I don't blame you... but it works.

I liked the twists and turns - some of which I'd seen hints of ahead of time, others I'd never seen coming, and not only did I feel nicely entertained, but I actually had a hard time letting it go after I turned the last page.

It's the first in a series, and thus no real resolution is achieved, but it didn't contain any of the stereotypical problems of a first book in a series. No cliff-hanger, no excessive world-building at the expense of plot, no major setup that's never followed through on.

If anything, I might say there was too little world-building. Some things were explained in an aside or left to be read between the lines. I think I got most of them, but a bit more 'showing' Theo's every-day life at the start of the novel might have been nice.
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Title: The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 504
Date read: October, 2015

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world... even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.

What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Fascinating, thought-provoking and chilling book. I can too easily see the reality of this book come true.

It's hard to review this book without getting into a debate about the pros and cons of social media, and I actually find it rather fitting and ironic at the same time that I am sharing this review on social media. It's the kind of book that will leave you questioning how much we share online, or - if you're already questioning - will make you want to shut down your FB profile for good.

Interestingly enough, there's no real plot to speak of. The book is definitely character-driven and atmosphere-driven. That doesn't always work for me, but here it really did, and though a bit slow to start, from about the halfway mark I had serious problems putting it down.
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Title: Only Ever Yours
Author: Louise O'Neill
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 1.5/5
# pages: 398
Date read: August 2015

Where women are created for the pleasure of men, beauty is the first duty of every girl. Women are no longer born naturally, girls (called "eves") are raised in Schools and trained in the arts of pleasing men until they come of age. freida and isabel are best friends. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year, they expect to be selected as companions--wives to powerful men. All they have to do is ensure they stay in the top ten beautiful girls in their year. The alternatives--life as a concubine, or a chastity (teaching endless generations of girls)--are too horrible to contemplate.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty--her only asset--in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. freida must fight for her future--even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known.

It is extremely rare that I rate books I actually finish this low, but "Only Ever Yours" would have to be one of the most unpleasant books I've read in a very long time. I have no clue what point Louise O'Neill was trying to make, as there seemed to be none. The evil will succeed, the good will fail, and you should just lie down and take it?

The sad thing is, the book really had potential, and had you asked me about half-way through, I'd have estimated I'd end up giving it 3 stars... possibly even 4. But as the book went on, I got more and more disgusted by it, until I feel I'm being generous by giving it even 1.5 stars. I guess I should be impressed that Louise O'Neill's writing could cause such a visceral reaction in me, but mostly I'm just disappointed that I've wasted a full day's reading on this garbage. Absolutely horrible book.
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Title: De gale (The Crazy)
Author: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Genre: Dystopian, graphic novel
Rating: 2/5
# pages: 142
Date read: June, 2015

I rather liked the story - everybody above the age of 25 suddenly forget everything, and kids/young adults have to figure out how to survive in the resulting chaos. Dystopian / (post-)apocalyptic novels have always been right up my aisle.

Unfortunately, I didn't care for the illustrations at all. The style was (probably intentionally) blurry, to the point that it wasn't always completely clear what was happening, and many of the characters looked too much alike. The latter I could deal with, but the former is really not a good idea.
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Title: The Body Electric
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 351
Date read: April, 2015

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift - the ability to enter people's dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother - to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things - images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love - even though Ella's never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing...

Someone's altered her memory.

I wasn't sure what to think of this book at first, as it seemed to take awhile to find its groove, but once it did it really took off, and I couldn't put it down. It's not quite as good as her "Across the Universe" trilogy, and I did think there were some questions left unanswered - or where the answers given weren't satisfying - but as a whole, I thought it worked.
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Title: The Calling (Endgame #1)
Author: James Frey
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 477
Date read: February 2015

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

As you can see from th rating, I wasn't terribly impressed. This book has been compared to "The Hunger Games" in several reviews, which I don't think is entirely fair. Firstly because apart from the fact that the main players may end up having to kill each other, the plots are nothing alike otherwise (which is evident just in that "may" in my previous sentence); and secondly because "The Hunger Games" is just so much better! ;)

I liked the plot well enough, and in the right hands, I would probably really have enjoyed the book, but unfortunately I didn't care for the writing style at all. For some odd reason James Frey chose not to use indentations at all, which took some getting used to, and there were 73 end notes throughout the book, all referencing some link or the other. I tried checking out the first 3-4 of them, but they seemed to have absolutely no relevance to the plot, so I just dropped them after that. They served no purpose other than to annoy me.

Mostly the book could have done with a good editor. It was really slow moving in places, and I think I'd have liked it a lot more if it had been a complete story in itself, rather than the first book in a series.

I doubt I'll be reading the sequels. While I did like Sarah and some of the other characters, as a whole I just don't care enough.
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Title: Station Eleven
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 304
Date read: February 2015

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten's arm is a line from Star Trek: "Because survival is insufficient." But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all.

I'm afraid this book suffered severely from too much hype. It was good, but certainly couldn't live up to my expectation. Mostly I felt like the book couldn't decide which way to go -- was it a story about the "apocalypse" or about the aftermath? Instead it tried to be a little bit of both, meaning that it ended up rich on world-building and low on plot. Even now I'm not sure what the plot was supposed to be... Arthur's life story? Kirsten's life story? How Station Eleven came to be? Eluding the prophet? Getting to the airport? All of the above? None of the above?

It's probably telling that I enjoyed the flashbacks more than the present day events, and as a whole, I found the book well-written, but ultimately too easily forgettable.

The three stars is because the first few chapters and some of the flashbacks had me at the edge of my seat. More of that (=focus on the apocalypse and the early years) and I would probably have LOVED it.
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Title: Unwind
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 2
# pages: 335
Date read: December, 2013

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Deciding what to rate this book was more than a little difficult. I didn't dislike it, it wasn't okay, and I didn't like it either... so what's left? The first 50'ish chapters were fine. Nothing special, but an okay dystopian YA novel. Had it continued like that, I would probably have thought it a solid 3-star book. Nothing out of the ordinary, but a decent enough book.

But then part 6 happened... and more importantly, chapter 61 happened. I cannot remember ever before having had such a visceral response to a book. It was like reading a nightmare. It was a trainwreck that I wanted to look away from, because it made me feel physically and mentally sick, but where I just couldn't. Even now I shudder (literally) to think about it. If I had read this as a teen I would have had nightmares about it.

Obviously it takes really amazing writing to make me react that strongly, which should result in 5 stars... 4 at least - but at the same time I absolutely despised what I was reading... so that's a 1.

At the end my feeling of disgust surpassed my awe at his writing, so 2 stars it is. And I have NO idea whether or not I'll read the sequel as well. I'm thinking that he can't shock me like that twice... but on the other hand, I don't want to find out if I am wrong.
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Title: Prepper
Author: Lise Bidstrup
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 186
Date read: October, 2013

Daniel har altid vidst at jordens undergang en dag vil komme, og at den er nærmere end de fleste tror. Faktisk er han sikker på at det vil ske i hans levetid, for hans forældre er ivrige deltagere i en gruppe der kalder sig selv "Preppere", som aktivt forbereder sig på den naturkatastrofe der vil udslette livet på orden, og arbejder hårdt for at have muligheden for at overleve den.

Og ganske rigtigt - en sen nat ringer alarmklokken, og Daniel forsvinder sammen med sin familie og 15 andre personer ind i et skjult beskyttelsesrum for at overleve det anarki der utvivlsomt vil følge en naturkatastrofe. De har mad og vand nok til 4 år, og vil først dukke op igen når menneskeden er ved at få styr på sig selv igen.

Bogen skifter hele tiden i tid, hvor hvert andet kapitel er i "nutiden" og hvert andet kapitel fortæller om Daniels opvækst, og hvordan hans liv som "Prepper" har påvirket hele hans barndom.

Jeg elsker dystopisk/apokapyltisk YA og var dybt fascineret af denne beskrivelse af forberedelserne inden og konflikterne under en apokalypse. Beskrivelserne af livet i beskyttelsesrummet - inklusiv alle konflikterne medlemmerne imellem - virkede realistiske, omend de godt måtte have mere detaljerede. Især hvad angår Daniels forhold til de andre personer.

Slutningen var måske en smule forudsigelig, men det er meget typisk for YA, så det i sig selv er ikke grund til at give bogen en lavere rating. Desværre syntes jeg også den var en smule brat, og ville have foretrukket at lidt flere sider var blevet brugt på at udforske reaktionerne... muligvis bare som en epilog: "9 måneder senere..." eller noget i den stil.

Så 3.5 stjerner bliver det til... 4 stjerner hvis den havde været bare en side længere, 4.5 stjerner hvis den have været 10-20 sider længere.

Men udemærket læsning som den var, og den holdt fint min interesse - selv under en 24-hour read-a-thon hvor kravene ellers er noget højere ;)
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Title: The Age of Miracles
Author: Karen Thompson Walker
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 294
Date read: October, 2013

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life--the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

I can't quite figure out what I thought of this book. It was captivating and boring at the same time... how does that even work?

In short, it is the story of an apocalypse. The rotation of the earth is steadily slowing with all the consequences that has to humans, animals and plants. It is very much character- or perhaps even atmosphere-driven rather than plot-driven, which seems odd for an apocalyptic book.

I liked that it was the story of an apocalypse... that seems very rare. Usually books take up years or even centuries after the apocalypse. I wish some attempt at an explanation had been given though.

I liked Julia and Seth, but really disliked both of Julia's parents... especially her mother. I'm not sure we were supposed to like her though. In general I think Julia and her classmates acted older than their age though. They seemed more like 14-15-year-olds than like 11-12-year-olds.

The ending confused me. It was very much a non-ending, but on the other hand I'm not sure I can see how else it could have ended.

So all in all a very weird book. Very slow-moving, but even so I was eager to see what happened next... even though I knew the answer was "more nothing".

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Title: How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea (Newsflesh #3.5)
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 132
Date read: July 2013

Post-Rising Australia can be a dangerous place, especially if you're a member of the government-sponsored Australia Conservation Corps, a group of people dedicated to preserving their continent's natural wealth until a cure can be found. Between the zombie kangaroos at the fences and the zombie elephant seals turning the penguin rookery at Prince Phillip Island into a slaughterhouse, the work of an animal conservationist is truly never done--and is often done at the end of a sniper rifle.

Yet another novella in the Newsflesh universe. I wasn't quite as taken in by this one as by the earlier ones, as there seem little new ground to explore... but what little new ground there is, Mira Grant found in this novella. My biggest beef with the story is that like in all novellas, there's not enough page-space to explore the plot and the characters.
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Title: Blackout (Newsflesh #3)
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 659
Date read: June 2013

The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.

The year was 2039. The world didn't end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. They uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.

Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this:

Things can always get worse.

Definitely one of my favourite series read this year. I feel the need to own the physical versions of the books at some stage :)

It was kind of weird to be reading this one after having listened to the two previous books as audiobooks - I kept hearing things with the narrators' voices. But guess that just means they did a terrific job.

After seeing that book two had been a transitional novel, I was a tad worried whether or not this final one would be able to live up to my expectations and provide a fitting closure to the story. Fortunately it managed this very nicely, although it in no way took the form I had expected - there were many curve-balls thrown at the reader along the way. The end was left kind of open, but with this kind of scenario, I can't really see how it could be anything else.

I'm sad to leave the characters behind - they became unusually 'real' to me.
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Title: Deadline (Newsflesh #2)
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 4/5
# pages: Audiobook ~15hrs
Date read: June 2013


... trying to make this a spoiler-free review though, so I'll leave out the summary for this one...

Very obviously the middle book of a trilogy and therefore really cannot stand on its own. It had me totally hooked from the very beginning, and was as action-packed as I could have wished, but the story was definitely action-driven and character-driven rather than plot-driven... some major twists were thrown at us, but nothing resolved.

I'm still really impressed by the world-building, and how Mira Grant so effortlessly switches between Shaun and George's voices - making both equally believable. I thought the revelations about their relationship more than a little unnecessary though... it makes sense, but I'm not sure that it was necessary for the story... but perhaps that will be revealed in the next book.
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Title: Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1)
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Thriller, Dystopian
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: Audiobook ~14hrs
Date read: May, 2013

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

This was amazing! Pretty near impossible to put down. I "read" it as an audiobook, and found myself making excuses to bike detours just to read a bit more. To label it merely a zombie-book or a dystopian novel would be doing it a disservice, because it is so much more than that. The true strength of this book is the worldbuilding, and Mira Grant's descriptions of a world post-zombie outbreak. A world where George Romero is considered a national hero, and where bloggers are the true journalists.

The only reason I left out the last half star is because I wasn't too pleased with all the events near the end of the book, but there's no way I'm going to spoil that for you! The ending itself was satisfactory though, and I've immediately started on the second book.

The title is pure genius, even though I'm embarrassed to admit how long time it took me to get the second meaning... I'm blaming this on not having the cover in front of me all the time.


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