Three big topics – zombies, government conspiracies, and blogging – are all combined in The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant. All three make for great topics and putting all three into a series ends up in a fun read and a new way to tell a story.
Georgia Mason and her brother Shaun Mason are bloggers in the post rising world, are dedicated to telling the true story, and making sure they don’t disappoint their readers. In 2014 the common cold and cancer were cured. Those cures created a worse alternative – zombies. 20 years after the cure and the subsequent rising, Georgia (a/k/a George) and Shaun run a blog where they report on zombies and life around them. George is a “newsie” – someone who tells the stories, making sure all the facts are correct before getting the word out and Shaun is an “Irwin” – those who are field reporters (for lack of a better term) and post videos of their encounters with the zombies. There are also fictionals – those who write about the world around them but put a fictional spin to it. George and Shaun, along with their blog team site, get their dream job: covering the next presidential election. Along the way, they encounter terrible tragedy and realize they can’t trust the people they thought they could.
This series is put in the zombie category but the zombies really serve as the background and back-story to the books – Feed, Deadline, and Blackout. The main story is the government conspiracy. What I liked best about this series was the characters were bloggers. Each chapter had about two posts from one of the characters which gave the reader more of a sense of what the post rising world was like and what the readers of the blogs would see. The books were told at a fast pace and I thought the blogging aspect was a new and different twist.
Mira Grant isn’t afraid to shock the reader with some of the things that play out. I don’t want to say too much since it would give away major plots lines, but it was enjoyable to read and be surprised at some of the situations that occur. The third book gets a bit convoluted towards the end with the conspiracy and does feel a bit rushed, but ends by tying up the story in a decent way.
The background of how the rising started gets a bit technical with the writer explaining throughout the three books how it all happened. If your looking for a book series that is a good thriller, has zombies as a decent supporting cast, and want a dose of government untrustworthy-ness tossed in, I recommend this series.