by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #3.3
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. On what will be the last day in the teaching career of Elaine Oldenburg, who fans of the series know as Foxy, she must fight to survive and protect her students when the zombie outbreak shatters the safety of her school.
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant offers us another glimpse of life post-rising that occurred in her Newflesh Trilogy. I am not a huge fan of novellas but Grant tells a complete story and this triolgy is one of my all time favorites so I make sure to read each one. I have yet to be disappointed, in fact I only crave more!
Imagine a school with electronic shackles on student’s chairs and amplification tests. *shivers* Grant shares with the reader events that occurred post-rising at an elementary school in the northern pacific region of the United States. Elaine Oldenburg is a first grade teacher, and our hero but fans of Blackout will squee because this is a character we know as Foxy! We first made her acquaintance in Blackout.
Grant shares the tale from a report that was taken after the events occurred and by taking us into the actual event. The tale is macabre and dark; the type of horror novel that makes me shiver and grin devilishly. We know the outcome, and yet Grant made my heart race, become connected and I found I was completely lost in the tale.
When you think about it, The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell should be horrible..I mean kids, zombies, and death are straight-out of a slasher movie that makes the viewer give up popcorn. I never like it when children and animals are harmed. I am a softy, and as much as I love horror my motto is, “kill the adults, eat their flesh but leave the children alone” Grant wove this tale taking great care while delivering a terrific zombie horror story with all the nonstop heart-racing thrill we crave in zombie novels. It makes you think about a world where zombies, mutations, viruses are real.
I honestly think I held my breathe while reading it, and appreciated Grant offering another brilliant tale for fans of the Newsflesh trilogy. While The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell is short Grant gave us a tale to remember and it was well worth the cost of admission.
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