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Countdown (Newsflesh Series Novella)
     

Countdown (Newsflesh Series Novella)

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by Mira Grant
 
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


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Overview

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


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For more from Mira Grant, check out:
Newsflesh FeedDeadlineBlackout
ParasitologyParasiteSymbiont Chimera

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316204484
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Newsflesh Series
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
84
Sales rank:
268,808
File size:
695 KB

Meet the Author

Mira Grant lives in California, sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests you do the same. Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire -- winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Find out more about the author at www.miragrant.com or follow her on twitter @seananmcguire.

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Countdown 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
AndromedaIL More than 1 year ago
This novella prequel to Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy is a fantastic compliment to the series. Countdown is comprised of a series of shorter stories that follow the lives of the people who become key individuals in what the Newsflesh trilogy refers to as the Rising. Though it is shorter than the novels that make up the Newsflesh trilogy, Mira/Seannan’s writing is the same style and quality as in her longer works. Her prowess at balancing characters like scientific geniuses, heartbroken mothers and good dogs makes this novella a must read. Though this is a prequel I suggest reading Feed before reading Countdown. It will make the characters and their stories that much more intriguing, heartbreaking, and terrifying.
Jesso More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed getting the history of the world from Feed, and seeing how things happened during the Rising. A lot of these events were mentioned in passing in Feed and Deadline, so getting the details was fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Countdown" is a prequel to "Feed". It is about 95 Nook Tablet pages long. I found it a most interesting story. I have yet to read "Feed", but I am going to do that next. The plot was compelling. It was full of average people and scientific researchers which blended together to make the story believable. (Or at least, to the extent that zombie books ate believable.) I enjoyed it. If you want to know how the Kellis-Amberlee virus started; or if you want a science-type thriller; then you should check this novella out. -AvidReader
pen21 More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for followers of her series. Just what you need while waiting for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you really want the whole story of how Kellis-Amberlee started, then read this book. As the review below this one said, it is a great book to read while waiting for the 3rd book to come out or to just read as an intro to the Series. Overall, it was a 5/5 Star Book.
Max_English More than 1 year ago
The book Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella by Mira Grant was an amazing read. This book is part of a three book series, this book is known as the "Rising". I would recommend this book to anyone who has started the series, because this book is the prequel to book 1. This book also has the background information on some of the key characters, like how they are involved in the main story line, the storys point of view is so diverse, and has intriguing stories. I agree with an Anonymous that the story was filled with average people and scientific researcher. This helped not only make the story believable but showed how different and similar the characters are. In the book Mira gives the background story of many characters. This helped to show why they play such a huge role in the book. For example Dr. Alexander Kellis was the man who created the cure for the common cold or Kellis cure. This might seem great but what he did just killed millions of people. People brook into his lab and destroyed everything because people knew that only the rich would be able to afford it. This let the cure, which is gas like, float through the air and spread across the world. Dr. Kellis didn’t know what would happen to humans “I may have just killed us all.”(Grant Pg 20), he has only tested on animals. Dr. Kellis knows now he is the reason that millions have died, and will be in life threatening situations for the rest of his life. This story has such a great point of view. It is so amazing because there are so many. This shows the affect of the Kellis cure from many perspectives. Dr. Kellis was affected because not only was his life’s work going to kill millions of people but also his husband dies when the Mayday army beats him up. Mira shows great emotion, pain, and suffering from Dr. Kellis’s loss. A lady named Lauren Morris was at a super market and picked up a jar of jam and now is carrying the Kellis cure. This shows how easy and fast the cure spreads. Lauren was also carrying the Marburg-Amberlee cure, which is the cure for cancer. The cures mixed and she is the first person to have the Kellis-Amberlee cure. It will be interesting to see what her future in-tails. As you can tell from the previous paragraphs Dr. Kellis is important to the story. He is also my favorite character. Dr. Kellis created an amazing cure, but had unforeseen consequences. In this book alone his life changes drastically. His husband dies; he’s killed millions, and could be killed at any moment. He like the rest has to recover, and rise from this situation. I find it unfair that he spent his life dedicated to his work sacrificing time and money for the better of society, but some selfish people decided to ruin his work and life. I feel Mira isn’t done with this Dr. Kellis and he will be an important throughout every book.  My favorite quote in the story is “When will you rise” (Grant Pg 59). This quote is so huge to the series because it’s about rising from the ashes. Society must learn to survive knowing that everyone is infected and could die at any moment. How do you recover from something so huge? Of course it will take a long time, but is it even possible? When the government crashes will go crazy and it will become a free-for-all.  I haven’t read any of the other books so I’m not aware of what happens but my prediction is we will recover but it will have changed how people look at life.
The_Wolfie More than 1 year ago
Mira Grant's "Newsflesh" saga continues in "Countdown", sequel to "Feed". Mira has a new, fun approach to the Zombie apocalypse - almost as reinvigorating to the genre as "Snow Crash" was to the languishing Cyberpunk genre. This book was hard to put down, and why bother? Take the day off work, send the kids to grandmas, order take-out - and then order "Countdown".
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Very few stories explain how the Zombie apocalypse starts. Mira Grant knocks it out of the park with this explanation. Very good read. A must have for the newsflesh fan.
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ski_tahoe More than 1 year ago
A great prequel to the Newsflesh series. I would recommend reading this after the trilogy as the references to the people and events will have more meaning than if you start with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These were recommended to me by a friend. I enjoyed reading them. My only complaint would be a certain twist in the final book. Otherwise not a bad read.
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Drewano More than 1 year ago
Novella which sets the stage nicely for the newsflesh trilogy. Not a lot of action and not a lot of plot but it gives the readers a bit more information of what happened to cause the rising.
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