- Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; Reissue edition (June 1 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031608106X
- ISBN-13: 978-0316081061
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Deadline Mass Market Paperback – May 31 2011
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"Astonishing ... a fascinating exploration of the future."―New York Times
"While there's plenty of zombie mayhem, political snark, and pointedly funny observations here, the heart of this book is about human relationships, which are still the most important thing in the world...even in a world where you might have to shoot the person you love most in the head, just to stop them from biting off your face."―Locus on Feed
"Feed is a proper thriller with zombies. Grant doesn't get carried away with describing her world or the virus. She's clearly thought both out brilliantly, but she doesn't let it get in the way of a taut, well-written story."―SFX on Feed
"The story starts with a bang as corruption, mystery, danger and excitement abound."―RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars) on Feed
"Gripping, thrilling, and brutal... Shunning misogynistic horror tropes in favor of genuine drama and pure creepiness, McGuire has crafted a masterpiece of suspense with engaging, appealing characters who conduct a soul-shredding examination of what's true and what's reported."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Feed
"Intelligent and intense, a thinking-person's post-apocalyptic zombie thriller set in a fully-realized future that is both fascinating and horrifying to behold."―John Joseph Adams on Feed
"I can't wait for the next book."―N.K. Jemisin on Feed
"It's a novel with as much brains as heart, and both are filling and delicious."―The A. V. Club on Feed
"OK, all of you readers who want something weighty and yet light, campy and yet smart, horror with heart, a summer beach read that will stay in your head and whisper to you "what if," Deadline is just what you are looking for."―RT Book Reviews on Deadline
"Deft cultural touches, intriguing science, and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans."―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Deadline
"Intelligent and exciting...raises the bar for the genre."―Telegraph on Deadline
"Wry and entertaining."―NPR Books on Blackout
About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
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!
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