Deadline Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 2011
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'This book is fast-paced and so well written it makes you check your doors and windows are locked and peer into the dark corners looking for zombies... I really would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes the supernatural/fantasy gene; it's just a fantastic read that I found hard to put down with a really twisted ending leaving the reader wanting more.' DARK MATTER [An] adrenaline-packed, quick-witted tale of medicine and mayhem ... Deft cultural touches, intriguing science and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'This was an absolutely excellent continuation of this series. Things that happen in this book will absolutely take your breath away; it is absolutely engaging and really makes you think... Personally, I think this is the best zombie-themed writing since World War Z' FRINGE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Mira Grant lives in California, sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests you do the same. Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire -- winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Find out more about the author at www.miragrant.com or follow her on twitter @seananmcguire.
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Feed takes place 26 years after this rising. Daily life has changed forever; people are no longer carefree, they must watch their surrounding as at every step. Some things never change, one of them being politicians who will manipulate any situation to benefit themselves.
One major societal change, is that bloggers, currently a fringe media, has moved to the forefront of reporting. You want to know the truth about what's happening now, you turn to the bloggers. In Feed, sibling bloggers, Georgia and Shawn, have earned high ratings for their blogging and are constantly in search of even higher ratings. Their chance at the big times could come with the upcoming presidential campaign.
This book has a very slow start, taking over 100 pages to set the plot and introduce the characters and explain the virus. I would have stopped reading if it had been the selection for my next book club meeting. Fortunately it did pick up in the next chapter. After that, it became a good book well worth reading.
My favourite line in the book comes from one of Georgia's blog posts, "don't play with dead things". Sums up the approach for staying alive in this new world.
In a world turned up side down by the virus, I would expect people to become more caring toward each other. Georgia and Shawn were adopted by their parents when they were quite young. The parents had lost their child in the early days of the rising. It's clearly obvious that the parents motivation for the adoption was not just their parental instincts, rather they were also looking for ratings for their blogs.
I can live with parents with slightly underhanded motivation, but politicians with devious plans. That I despise. Too bad I can't get into details on that, as I don't want to spoil the story.
It is a different take on the zombie apocalypse and different with the amount I read is very appealing.
It's 20 years after the initial outbreak and is more based in how society evolved after the fact.
The paths Grant (McGuire) takes in her explanation of the virus, how it effected the populace at large and how the whole world changed via the news reporting of the two main characters pulled me right in.
I'm a geek, I enjoyed seeing the near future Grant imagined even with the walking dead issue. The world she built seemed well reasoned and very smooth in it's history and development.
I was taken enough with this book to start buying copies for friends and lending my copy out to whomever i could foist it off on. I've had friends yelling at me about how they need to work in 3 hours and haven't slept due to not being able to put Feed down. I've had my copy of Feed replaced twice when those I lent it to insisted on other friends reading it and my original copy ending up 2 cities over.
It's not hard science. It is not trying to be anything demanding.
It is enjoyable, it's fun, it can grab a few tears and if you take a step back it can make you think.
Grant took the concept and ran with it. This is not your standard blood and guts zombie story; this is a serious look at what life would be like after a world changing event that forces people behind walls. Grant created an interesting world peopled by interesting characters - and zombies - and made me care. I challenge you to be able to read the last couple of chapters without tears rolling down your eyes! I know I couldn't! I closed the book with a feeling of satisfaction and completion, and I can't ask for more than that. Can't wait to read the next one!
What I found, as I made my way through the book, was that this wasn't just a zombie book. It was a political thriller with zombies in it - the zombies were really just in the background causing problems. Although with this being a trilogy it looks like there will be more come with why the zombies have not been defeated totally.
I also really liked the main characters in the book. At first I wasn't too sure how I felt about them, but the character development really built as the book went along and I found myself actually caring about what happened to the characters. I wish I could say more about this, but I don't want to include any spoilers.
I'd definitely recommend this book and I'm already reading the sample of the second book, which I'm sure I'll be purchasing.
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Not as good as Parasite. Not a bad read, but not a great one, either. The amount of detail given to the blog-o-sphere, to American politics and other "background" stories... Read morePublished 8 months ago by PrimalAdventurer
Solid 'middle of the road' zombie story. The writing was good, but there wasn't anything spectacular about the story itself. Except for how the zombie plague started... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rose
Amazon did a great job delivering this item. I'm just not a fan of the story. I loved the first one in the series but this one grosses me out, not because of the zombies or gore.Published 17 months ago by SnoopLiger
Good quality writing. Nothing astounding but a good story and a little twist. Nice mix of politics in there too if you're interested in that,Published 19 months ago by Scott
One of the worst books I have ever read, so bad in fact that I gave up. Books suffers from insufferable characters and plot.Published 21 months ago by KeiferB
I read all genres of books.
I have never written any reviews.
The closest I have ever come is a blurb on SK's site.
I was actually amazed how good this book is. Read more
A very different take on the zombie craze, with journalists, politics and great characters. Well written, with surprises to the endPublished on Aug. 17 2013 by Philip G Fleming
SPOILER ALERTS if you haven't read the first book!
I must say I was disappointed with this second of three books in the Newsflesh Trilogy. Read more