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Final Girls by Mira Grant

Written by Nik. Posted in books, The Muggle Review

It’s short, sweet, and one hell of a good read! Once again, Mira Grant brings her unique style to the table, and does not disappoint. Final Girls is the latest work of Mira Grant, author of the NewsFlesh Trilogy and Parasitology Trilogy, in novella fashion. While the story is short and sweet, it packs a punch! This time she brings us into an all new “what could be” scenario that has become Mira’s playground and our possible future.

The story revolves around a young journalist who is sent to debunk another pseudoscience that takes phycological therapy to a whole new level. Imagine going to a therapist office to deal with whatever skeletons are in your closet, and being locked away in a full immersion virtual reality machine that helps you get over your demons, by fighting them in a horror movie setting! Yeah, screw the therapy, I just want to play in someone else’s nightmare. Here’s the official Book Synopsis:

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.

With her new novella Final Girls, bestselling, award-winning author Mira Grant has conjured a heart-stopping, gut-wrenching story filled with as many twists as it is versions of reality. Grant offers a chilling exploration of how surviving horrors might define us all.

The story is a great bit of fiction, that as usual with Mira’s style, some Brainiac Scientist is probably working on right now. Also, a quick read for those wanting something to tide them over in between releases of other books. The only the bummer about Final Girls is the price. If you enjoy being able to read off your phone or a Kindle, the price is just right, $4.99. But for me, I love the smell of newly printed books, and being able to physically turn a page. So the $31 price tag for a one hundred twelve page novella hit a little hard. My fault, but still a bit much. But in all, well worth it!