Schools out, because something terrible has happened!
5 out of 5 stars.
Public schools were almost a thing of the past in the post-Rising world. Regardless, some kids are still attending a real school with a real flesh and blood teacher and other students. Unfortunately, this does not come without risk. Thankfully they protected the kids from almost anything. Almost…
The Day The Dead Came To Show and Tell is my second favorite novella in the Newsflesh series of books. My favorite was How Green The Land, How Blue This Sea. I don’t know why it took me so long to actually read it, but once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I think I’m honestly afraid that the next Newsflesh novella I read will be the last, and I’ll never be able to dive deeper into this incredibly well thought out world.
The storyline follows a young school teacher and her incredible story of dealing with her students and issues from students after The Rising has taken hold of the world. She has to deal with many things that teachers today couldn’t even imagine and some of the things that happen were hard to stomach.
Because this is a post-Rising world novella, and it deals with a children’s school, a lot of the story I found to be difficult to stomach. Which is a sign of excellent writing. In any story, I’m always upset if children or dogs get hurt — and this is definitely dealing with little kids being hurt/scared/trying to escape with their lives in a dangerous, dangerous world.
But, in all seriousness, this novella was absolutely thrilling from beginning to end. I really enjoy the way that Mira Grant tells a story and weaves in and out of the issues going on all around the main character(s).
Outside the classroom walls the Rising was spreading, but inside was a carefully protected sanctuary against the growing threat.
Or so the teachers and students thought.
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.