*Spoiler alert for the next paragraph*
If you enjoyed Georgia’s narration in Feed, I hate to break it to you, but Deadline is narrated by Georgia’s brother Shaun. For those of you who don’t remember, Georgia dies at the end of Feed, which explains the need for a change in narration. Georgia’s not completely gone though… she lives in Shaun’s head and offers her brother support and advice. Shaun realizes this is a bit crazy, but he rolls with it because it’s all he has left. Unlike Feed, Deadline is less political — it focuses more on Shaun’s pursuit to find the truth behind everything leading up to Georgia’s death and beyond. Shaun and the remainder of his team at After the End Times are unexpectedly teamed up with a CDC researcher, Dr. Kelly Connolly, when she randomly arrives at their doorstep. They proceed with caution though because the CDC is on a fuzzy line between good and bad. Can Shaun and his team trust Kelly? Will she have the answers they’re looking for?
I really enjoyed Shaun’s character in Feed, so I was happy to read the story from his point of view in Deadline. It took a little while to get used to it since I was so used to Georgia, but it definitely worked out just fine and it’s just as enjoyable as the first book (and now I’m used to Shaun). I’ve honestly never dealt with a series that switches narration — I think it’s an awesome way to throw the reader for a loop and I really enjoyed it. There were deaths, there were twists and turns, and there was action. While I enjoyed Feed a little more, I think Deadline had one of the best endings I’ve ever read in a book… major cliffhanger. It made me want to pick up the third book, Blackout, immediately. It’s too bad I finished Deadline in April and Blackout didn’t publish until May. It’s safe to say I have my hands on Blackout now and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
Overall, I give Deadline 4/5 stars.
If you haven’t read my interview with Mira Grant, check it out here.