Title: Countdown: A Newslesh Novella
Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Fiction; Post-Apocalyptic; Zombie
Publisher: Orbit Short Fiction/Hachette Book Group
Source: Personal Collection
The wait for Blackout was a bit excruciating. This novella helped ease the pain of waiting for the final book. Countdown is less a novella and more a collection of vignettes describing the days leading up to the Rising and what followed. Much of it we already knew – the cure for the common cold and the cure for cancer combined to form Kellis-Amberley, which turns every mammal over 40 pounds into a potential zombie. But here we not only get detail but personal experience. We see how it affected the scientists who thought they were creating miracle cures. We see what the Masons were like before they lost Philip. We see the evolution of Kellis-Amberley and the human reaction to this new reality.
I enjoyed reading Countdown. I only wish it were longer. I can’t seem to get enough of the Newsflesh world.
If you haven’t read this series yet, there is no better time to start. Blackout came out in print last week and will be available on audio on June 1. Look for my review of the final book soon.