Zombie stories are proliferating, but Grant puts her own spin on the theme in her Newsflesh series starter by incorporating blog posts into the plot. What sets this one apart is the characterization, two well-developed protagonists and a good secondary cast. The story starts with a bang as corruption, mystery, danger and excitement abound.
In 2014, a terrible infection spread, taking over minds and bodies and infusing them with one impulse -- the urge to feed. There are those who believe the Kellis-Amberlee virus was the result of a conspiracy. Now it's 2039. Georgia Mason, her brother Shaun and a small group of survivors have converted a gutted news van into a state-of-the-art traveling blog center with camera feeds and they're determined to discover the truth, even if it kills them. (ORBIT, May, 608 pp., $9.99)