The best intro/prequel ever
5 out of 5
An “intro” of sorts to the entire Newsflesh series, Countdown is a great start. This can be read in any order with the other novels and novellas. Giving a deeper and darker look at how this transformation from humanity started.
I’m a bio-thriller nerd. I absolutely love when an author can get me into the BSL-4 labs in my head or make me think about viruses and diseases in a new an interesting light. The virus that takes hold throughout the Newsflesh series was pretty well explained in the three novels, but Grant goes into much more detail in Countdown.
Seriously, I already enjoyed the first two books of the Newsflesh series, but I never thought I’d want something to be longer in my whole life. This is the intro that all of us wish was written into Feed, but was so much better. It gives all of the details that you wanted and covers a few bases that had you scratching your head after Feed.
If Mira wrote a longer version of this novella, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
Yes, it’s a novella, which means that it’s short. Do yourself a favor and check this out. If you haven’t picked up Feed and were wondering what all the fuss was about, this could help change your mind. Or if you did read Feed and wanted to know more like I did — Countdown will help answer some of your unanswered questions about the Newsflesh world.
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?
Countdown is a novella set in the world of Feed.
Word count: ~19,500
Mira Grant was born and raised in Northern California, where she has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the “Swamp Cannibals” scenario remains unchallenged.
Currently, Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.
In her guise as mild-mannered urban fantasy author Seanan McGuire, Mira was the recipient of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. You can find her works as both Mira and Seanan at her main bibliography page. Seanan’s website is the best place to find information on where both she and Mira will be appearing.
All three Newsflesh novels have been nominated for Hugo Awards, as has “Countdown,” the first novella in the Newsflesh universe, and Parasite, the first novel of the Parasitology series.