Feed by Mira Grant
Published by Orbit on May 1, 2010
Series: Newsflesh #1
Genres: Dystopia, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Zombies
Length: 599 pages or 15 hours, 10 minutes
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The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.
The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.
The truth will get out, even if it kills them.
I am not okay with the way this book ended.
Okay, so, I know it’s the first book in the trilogy, and maybe I went ahead and read a few reviews of the next two books, but that doesn’t change the way the ended wrenched my heart into teeny tiny pieces.
I’m not over it yet. I finished the book last week and I’m still outraged. How dare you manipulate my heart like that, Mira Grant. What’s interesting to me is that I didn’t realize quite how much I had been enjoying the characters until they were gone? That, mes amis, is excellent, subtle writing. I am thoroughly impressed.
Feed follows a group of bloggers who are attached to the press pool for a young presidential candidate. We see the campaign through the eyes of Georgia Mason – Newsie, and manager of independent news site After the End Times – as well as through the blog entries of her brother Shaun (Irwin, or “one who pokes zombies to see what happens”) and Buffy (Fictional, and yes she named herself after the vampire slayer), and George herself. This is a world twenty-five years after the Kellis-Amberlee Virus caused a zombie apocalypse. Every large gathering is a chance for an outbreak, and the situation become twice as dire when a series of accidents seem not so accidental after all….
It’s important to know that while there are zombies in this book, this is not a zombie book. Many people have read Feed looking for a zombie thriller, and while zombies play a part, this story is not about the zombie apocalypse. In a sort of futuristic, science-fiction version of magical realism, this is just a book of things that have happened in a world that happens to have zombies. I say this because I don’t want anyone to get burned: this is a fantastic horror/political thriller.
There are points in the story that were a little predictable, there were good characters, there were themes of morality throughout the whole thing. There was a steady tension every time the characters took a blood test. I found the thriller elements really interesting, and I loved the blogging and Newsie aspects of hearing the story through Georgia’s voice.
Despite how utterly not happy I am about the ending, I really really enjoyed this book. If you like stories like Frankenstein or Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, you’ll love Feed. It’s a dystopia, but not the sort you may be expecting.
I loved it, and I encourage y’all to give it a try. On a side note, the audiobook narration was excellent. Excellent.