8.5 out of 10, Deadline is the best midpoint of a trilogy I’ve encountered in awhile.
"You really can’t go home again.
Sometimes, that’s a good thing.
Sometimes, when you try, you find out that home isn’t there anymore…but that it wasn’t only in your head before. Home actually existed. Home wasn’t just a dream.
Sometimes, that’s the best thing of all."
"See, when the zombies came, it was an accident. Researchers in two totally unconnected facilities were working on two totally unrelated projects that involved genetically engineering “helper viruses”—new diseases that were supposed to make life better for the whole damn world. One of them was based on a really fucking nasty hemorrhagic fever called Marburg, and was designed to cure cancer. The other was based on a strain of the common cold, and was supposed to get rid of colds forever. Enter Marburg Amberlee and the Kellis Flu, two beautiful pieces of viral engineering that did exactly what they were supposed to do. No more cancer, no more colds, just happy people all over the world celebrating the dawn of a new age. Only it turns out the viruses were just like the people who made them in at least one sense, because when they met, through the natural chain of transmission and infection, it was basically love at first sight. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the hybrid viral strain known as “Kellis-Amberlee.” It swept the planet before anyone knew what was happening."
Mira Grant, Newsflesh Trilogy, Book Two, Deadline