Portions of this short story take place after the events of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy. No spoilers for the trilogy are in my review, but I would not recommended reading this story without having read the trilogy first.
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.
As a warning, some blurbs contain spoilers for the story, so be careful! That said, on with the review.
This short story was incredibly hard to read for me. Knowing it takes place at an elementary school made me almost not want to finish, in a way. I read it over the course of the day because I kept having to put it down because I was sad or horrified or both. I just knew horrible things were going to happen and that was hard sometimes. But I loved the story and I found it very hard to stop reading even while being horrified and sometimes needing to give myself a break.
An interesting, if heartbreaking, look into another angle of the Newsflesh world.
(As a note to the curious, the story takes up the majority of the pages. There is a short excerpt from Mira Grant’s Parasite at the end.)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars