Author: Mira Grant
Genre: YA , Political thriller, Post apocalyptic, Zombie story
Number of pages: 571
I found this book in a discount bookshop and picked it up with no clue about the plot or anything. The opening line was enough to convince me to buy it. That line being ‘Our story starts where countless others have ended in the last 26 years: with an idiot – in this case, my brother Shaun – deciding it would be a good idea to go out and poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens.’
The book follows the lives of Georgia and Shaun Mason, bloggers in a world where blogs have become people’s primary way of getting news. It’s a post apocalyptic zombie story meets a political thriller.
There were so many things that I loved about this book. The characters were realistic and I loved that they weren’t teenagers (I read a lot of YA and teenaged main characters doing amazing things gets a bit boring.) and actually had parents.
I also loved the media side of it, Georgia and Shaun are bloggers and blogs have become the way that people get news since the ‘traditional’ media failed to take the rising seriously. To me it felt really plausible, since blogs are an everyday thing now and it’s highly likely that in that situation people would be writing about what was happening. (Also even now the ‘traditional’ media isn’t that great at reporting some things)