Final Girls by Mira Grant

Posted May 16, 2017 by shooting in Uncategorized / 25 Comments


Final Girls by Mira Grant

Review by Lauren
source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: What if you could fix the worst parts of yourself by confronting your worst fears?
Dr. Jennifer Webb has invented proprietary virtual reality technology that purports to heal psychological wounds by running clients through scenarios straight out of horror movies and nightmares. In a carefully controlled environment, with a medical cocktail running through their veins, sisters might develop a bond they’ve been missing their whole lives—while running from the bogeyman through a simulated forest. But…can real change come so easily?Esther Hoffman doubts it. Esther has spent her entire journalism career debunking pseudoscience, after phony regression therapy ruined her father’s life. She’s determined to unearth the truth about Dr. Webb’s budding company. Dr. Webb’s willing to let her, of course, for reasons of her own. What better advertisement could she get than that of a convinced skeptic? But Esther’s not the only one curious about how this technology works. Enter real-world threats just as frightening as those created in the lab. Dr. Webb and Esther are at odds, but they may also be each other’s only hope of survival.

Review: This will be a short review because I think Final Girls is something you just have to dive into, without knowing much beforehand. It’s more of a novella than a full story too, so any revaluations could essentially be a spoiler. In really simple terms, Dr. Jennifer Webb has created a technology that can re-program someone, in a way, by putting them into a horror movie type of scenario. Esther is a journalist who goes around and debunks pseudoscience, so she’s ready to do the same with Dr. Webb’s technology.
Both women get a lot more than they ever set out for when things go terribly wrong. This novella was a mix of horror movie and science. It takes place in the present, and within the mind. While this might sound confusing, I found it easy to follow along. I thought Grant did a great job explaining what was happening without bogging readers down with too much detail.
Honestly, I could have used a longer book – or even another story featuring Webb’s technology. It was just really fascinating!
Grant is an author I’ve wanted to read for a long time. This is the first thing I’ve gotten to from her, but it will not be the last!

25 responses to “Final Girls by Mira Grant

  1. Oh horror and science. Yeah, I can see things going way wrong pretty easily! Looks interesting!

    And a heads up! I didn’t know you’ve been posting. Your feed has gone off about 12 days ago :/ Last one of your posts that showed up was People I Want to Throat Punch.

    • Oh, I’m sorry about that! I think that was the last post before my blog switched over to WordPress. The old URL should have updated you here, but I guess it doesn’t always work.

      Lauren

      • If you click on your blog name it redirects but it doesn’t pull anything new from the new feed. Sorry I missed so much! I was going through feedly and was thinking man she has been quiet a LONG time! lol I have ya now though 🙂

  2. Looks great! I’ve read Mira Grant’s mermaid horror novella and that was pretty awesome, so I would definitely try another by her. Love the premise of this one.

  3. Okay, this makes me want to devour all her work. It is so hard to write a novella that makes you want more but not need more. I was surprised it worked in such a short format and that tells me everything I need to know about her skill. Brilly review.

  4. Sophia Rose

    Oh, that is quite the premise for a story. Intense stuff and I can see why its fun just to dive in and see what you get. 🙂

  5. Jen

    Well, a book leaving you wanting more can definitely be a bummer, but this one does not sound like a bummer. So, thanks for your review!

  6. I haven’t read anything of hers before either Lauren but that storyline along with that creepy cover and I’m hooked. I have the same issue with novella type short stories, just when you’re getting into them, they leave you wanting more! Maybe if it’s popular enough, she might expand on the storyline and release follow up novels. Fingers crossed. Wonderful review Lauren <3

  7. I don’t usually read all that much in the horror genre anymore, but the premise for this sounds so intriguing!! I’m definitely going to have to add this to my to-read list!

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