Series: Newsflesh #3
Published by Orbit on 2014-07-15
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
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.
You know… the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of Mira Grant on this blog. There is a great reason for that. She is a horror genius.
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell is horrifying in so many ways. Some may say that it is zombies and we’ve all seen and read that over and over but Mira Grant has a way of hitting that button that we all have for the HOLY SHIT that tells our bodies to fight or flee.
In this novella she is able to once again hit that button but more than she ever has before. This is about children, and not only children but kindergarteners and first graders. What can be more horrifying than those innocent children getting eaten by zombies. What’s worse? It was all because of one of these first graders that an outbreak happened in the school. It wasn’t his fault but technically it was.
The teacher in this situation is remarkable and I wish Mira Grant had pushed to tell us a little more about her at the end. I wanted more. But that is the only downside to this. Well, other than the obviousness of children being eaten by zombies. That’s as bad as pets being eaten or turning into zombies. Both of which Mira Grant has done!!! And still I love reading her. It’s because she talks about these horrifying things that makes me love her writing so much!
In this very short story we have a teacher that has to deal with not only trying to survive, but trying to save her innocent and trusting students. I have to admit, I understand the few times when she thought about running and saving herself, but I’m so glad she didn’t. What she did have to do was agonizing and absolutely horrible but also very brave.
This is just another of her fabulous stories that adds a bit to the Newsflesh trilogy. If she adds any more of these I will be one of the first people to scoop them up. Even though they are horrifying I just cannot get enough!