Rise: A Newsflesh Collection

This book holds many short novella style stories. I will review each one here for ease.
Countdown: This is the prequel to Feed. It’s a little bit on the history of the viral manipulation and incidents to cause the Kellis-Amberly virus we see in Feed. It’s pretty much the story of how medical research is wonderful, but as often that happens through history, humans have to muck about and make things bad. For everyone. Everywhere. From here, it all goes down into the world of the Rising.
Mira Grant gets hits her mark on breaking the science down without killing your mind with too much medical jargon. The prequel to Feed, this short gets into the history of the viral manipulation and series of accidents (and human stupidity, take heed, anybody who thinks breaking into research labs to turn out the animals is a good idea, you're the stupid I'm addressing) that lead to the Rising.

Everglades: Some people cannot hack living in a post-apocalyptic world. There is a place for those who decide that checking out is easier than trying to survive.

The Last Stand of the California Browncoats: Comic-con backdrop. Firefly! Just what do you think is going to happen when you pack in a bunch of co-players into a huge auditorium when the zombie apocalypse happens?
Yes. Tears. This one gets you right in the feels.

How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea: Usually when you think Australia, you think of the terrifying giant spiders, snakes, crocs, bugs and a multitude of other deadly things. So…how have they managed to remain relatively safe from people turning and amplifying? I mean, think about it…zombie kangaroos. The answer is as simple as a fence. That, and they don’t hardly let anyone into the country. Australia is having none of that!

The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell: This one is indeed a tear jerker. Imagine the stress of teachers who teach in real schools with children above the amplification level (40 pounds). Most people keep their children safely home schooled via the internet.
This story shows us the other side…and one teacher who makes a decision to save as many children as she can when a playground mishap spins everything out of control.

Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus: If you read the Feed saga, then you know Dr Abbey. Her research is by far surpassing the governments, and she is a wanted woman…as in wanted dead. She picks up stray technicians, even those who were sent in as moles, and stumbles upon the teacher from The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell. It’s a very humorous read. Serious, but the cast, dog and octopus included, bring some smiles after so many hits to your feels.

All the Pretty Little Horses: Another prequel, set after Countdown but before Rise. This one tells the story of the Masons, and why they adopted Georgia and Shaun. They weren’t horrible parents, just very very flawed. Now we can see why the family dynamic works as it has in previous books.

Coming to You Live: We finally get to see Shaun and George, living out in the wilds of Canada. All is not well, however, as George is displaying some rather odd behaviors. This calls for a check in with Dr Abbey! This one keeps you on the edge of your seat, couch, bed, what have you. But yay. Dr Abbey!


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