Mira Grant didn’t invent the zombie story, nor did she re-popularize it (I’d give Max Brooks the credit for that), but I think no one writes in the genre better than she. Grant also incorporates technology into her fiction as well, if not better, than most. And Final Girls, a novella, exemplifies both of these talents.
Jennifer Webb is a doctor who has invented a technology to heal psychological wounds. It does so by putting a patient through a series of horrific encounters in a carefully controlled environment. But as with a lot of new technology, there are doubters. One doubter is Esther Hoffman, a science reporter for a reputable science magazine.
Esther agrees to be put through the new technology, but based on her history of failed therapy, she doesn’t have high hopes for this new process.
The book is short so it’s hard to say too much without giving the story away. Trust that Grant takes the reader on an extraordinary journey that will both scare you and have you feeling good about mankind. In fact, I think that this is part of what makes me keep coming back to Grant’s work. Despite the terrors and the complex technology, it still comes down to humanity and at the core, we’re still a capable and loving people, which is what she shows us.
As with her other works, Grant manages to sneak in some new ideas that will certainly become common tropes as other writers pick up on the ideas. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone … read the book and discover it all for yourself!
Looking for a good book? Mira Grant continues to shine and provide strong writing, humanity among future horrors, and technology on the edge of transforming mankind in her novella Final Girls.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Mira Grant
publisher: Subterranean Press
hardcover, 112 pages