by Mira Grant
Part of the Newsflesh Series series
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 07/04/2011
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780356500560
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Review by seekingflight
A zombie novel far better than almost any of the zombie novels I have read so far. I'm not normally a huge fan of zombies, but devoured this offering (first in a trilogy) by Mira Grant, another Library Thing discovery.Yes, this is about a zombie outbreak but it's not about the outbreak as such. And although they’re an ever present danger, in some ways even the zombie threat is somewhat peripheral to the real story. The actual rising of the dead is treated as yesterday’s news. Instead, the story is set 20 years afterwards, in a world where zombies are simply accepted as a fact of life.Grant paints an interesting picture of the social changes that could be brought about by such an event, mixing fantasy and realism in a way that I really enjoyed. The story is told through the eyes of Georgia, Shaun, and other young bloggers following a presidential campaign, and it's also about journalism, and politics, and conspiracies. At one point, I found myself describing this as a combination between apocalyptic zombie novel, political thriller and the West Wing, but there’s more to it than that. Interesting characters, well narrated, a gripping story, and a surprisingly enjoyable read. This is the first book in a trilogy and I’m eager for the next installment.
Review by iftyzaidi
The zombie apocalypse has come and gone... and the world survived. Years later large tracts of the United States are still infested with zombies and vigilance is always necessary to watch out for outbreaks, but for the most part society has adjusted to the zombie threat. In this setting we follow a brother and sister blogging team who get the opportunity of a lifetime when they are selected to cover a Presidential campaign by one of the leading candidates. But all is not well in the campaign and an outbreak following a political rally seems more than just a case of bad luck. What follows is a tale of political intrigue, espionage and murder - with zombies as the murder weapons!Feed is an entertaining book, with a well-realized world and interesting protagonists. The actual story itself feels a little more long-winded than necessary and if the resolution of the story isn't entirely satisfying, its worth noting that this is the first in a trilogy. I'll be keeping an eye out for the next in the series.
Review by wyvernfriend
In the year 2014, cancer is cured as is the common cold, only there's a side effect. The dead don't always stay dead, they rise again, as zombies, with a lust for human flesh, and their bite can turn ordinary humans into zombies. Twenty years later people live lives that are largely secluded, relying on online newsfeeds for information and your popularity can make or break you. A popular feed can earn you a lot of income and Shaun and Georigia Mason are pretty popular. Shaun is a Irwin, a risktaker and Georgia is a newsie, a person who works with fact and trys to report it as objectively as possible. With their friend Buffy, an electronics geek and Fictional (or fiction writer) their star starts to rise when they're offerred a chance to join a presidential campaign, but far from being good it embroils them in a complicated and messy conspiracy and their lives will never be the same again.Now I've read Seannan Maguire's blog over the years and enjoyed it, and read her October Daye books and enjoyed them too and Zombies are a major squick factor with me. They tend to give me nasty nightmares and have me almost running for the hills, but I had heard about this, and that it was good and I decided to try it, and left it on my TBR shelf for a while, picking it up and putting it down again. And then I had to take some time off sick, and there was some much-missing sun, so I decided that this was a good time to at least try. And it was a good read, I was totally sucked in and really enjoyed the story, it's compelling with twists that I really didn't expect and was quite shocked by. It left me wanting to read the next books immediately, which alas I can't do but seriously I will have to get them and read them.It's a good read, forget that it's a zombie book, it's a good near-future science fiction series that left me wanting more.