Series: Newsflesh #1
Published by Orbit Books on January 1st, 2010
Genres: adult, dystopia, post apocalyptic
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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.
I often hear my blogger friends talk about ‘hype’ and the ‘hype machine’ and how they have fallen victim to it and ended up not loving a book that everyone else did because their expectations were too high, and I always kind of feel left out because it’s not a thing that happens to me often. Seriously. I can think of one time that happened to me and I still somewhat enjoyed the book (The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey).
But this book? Oh, man. I wish I had not read previous reviews, and I wish I hadn’t known how many bloggers have raved about this trilogy. My expectations ended up being huge, and trust me I know how unfair that is to the book but it can’t be helped sometimes. Needless to say, I did not nearly love this book as much as I could have, or possible should have. I still enjoyed it, as it was really fun and entertaining, but I didn’t get out of it what so many others have.
Brutal, I know. Especially since this trilogy was a gift from the lovely Meg at Cuddlebuggery.
I do still intend to read the rest of the trilogy because I own it, and since I’m rating it a 3.5, it gives me reason to continue. (I don’t continue any series that I rate at or under 3 stars.)
So what did I like and what didn’t work for me?
The science was sound, and as a result, the world-building was handled well. That is obviously hugely important in dystopian novels. I think where it fell flat for me was the political storyline. Because let’s be honest, though I am very opinionated about my political beliefs, when it comes to the actual politics and political process, I am bored to tears. So because this book is about bloggers following a presidential campaign, I automatically was like zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
But because I did like the characters and most of the author’s writing, I continued. I believe the book was well plotted, though there were times when there was a bit too much infodumping and it went on for too long. This happened in the early pages of the book, and then at about the halfway point it was pretty much smooth sailing. I Was thankful for that because when a book lacks flow, I am going to have HUGE issues, and it also puts me into red pen mode.
What really didn’t work for me and actually annoyed me and happens to be the main reason for me rating it down…the blogging stuff. The whole Irwins, Newsies, Fictionals crap. I don’t believe blogging would work that way in a post-apocalyptic society, and I DEFINITELY don’t believe that Fictionals would get high ratings, not to mention I am not even sure how a Fictional blog would actually work. How the heck do you take true facts from the world populated by zombies, turn it into a poem or story, and then get ratings higher than the actual news (Newsies)? It was absolutely ridiculous to me. People would prefer to read fanfiction over news about outbreaks? The author failed to convince me of that.
But you know, the plot itself was mostly enjoyable and why I am rating it so high. Plus the characters. Georgia was awesome, quirky, and flawed, and I loved her. I don’t feel like I got to know Shaun and Buffy as well, but I liked them too. The zombie scenes were exciting, and the way the story unfolded kept me intrigued. I will admit that I had an inkling of the ending that was coming based on some pretty obvious foreshadowing, but I still enjoyed it. So will I be excited to find out how book two is written after some very shocking events that went down at the end? Yeah, I will. I don’t know when I will be able to read Deadline, but hopefully it will be before the end of the year.
This book covers the “Road Trip” square on the Summer Bookish Bingo Card. And man, I apologize for doing so horrible on this card. I am supposed to be a representative!