When Will You Rise
Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Lauren K. Cannon
The end of the world has to start somewhere. In the summer of 2014, two scientific breakthroughs—one, a cure for cancer, the other, a cure for the common cold—seemed certain to change the future of mankind forever. What no one could have guessed was that these miraculous advancements would change humanity's future by nearly bringing it to an end.
“Countdown” is the first novella set in the world of Feed, and tracks the early days of the Rising, from well-meaning medical research to the dead beginning to walk. Meet the accidental creators of the zombie apocalypse, and ask yourself for the first time: When will you Rise?
A Mira Grant short story, “Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box,” is also included. It's the chronicle of a high school game turned deadly, the things we do for friendship, and the true cost of learning things man wasn't meant to know.
Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies
From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
“Here the wonderful novella ‘Countdown’ rewinds to the origin of the plague and details the collision of the nascent cure for the common cold with a prototype cancer remedy, creating the perfect biological stew that birthed the walking dead. Also included is the unrelated short story ‘Apocalypse Scenario No. 683: The Box,’ the tale of how an innocent game played by old friends turns serious when medical research is turned against humankind. In both stories, Grant excels in humanizing her characters and surrounding them with believable science and circumstances. The surefooted storytelling is mesmerizing as all-too-plausible dilemmas snowball into desperation and catastrophe.”