Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Fiction with zombies
Pages: Paperback, 571
Opening Lines: "Our story opens where countless stories have ended in the last twenty-six years: with an idiot -- in this case, my brother Shaun -- deciding it would be a good idea to go out and poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens."
"'Alive or dead, the truth won't rest. My name is Georgia Mason, and I am begging you. Rise up While you can.'"The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had 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, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives -- the dark conspiracy behind the infection. The truth will out, even if it kills them."~ Jacket copy
Thoughts: When I was finishing this book, I was struggling through horrible sinus headaches, eyes that refused to focus, and a constantly runny nose. I found myself almost wishing for Kellis-Amberlee and the cure for the common cold, sans the shambling undead! Needless to say, the last couple of days, the book really spoke to me! Ha-ha!
Feed follows Georgia Mason and her brother Shaun. Growing up post-Rising, they decided to enter the blogging world to report the news. After being accepted to follow the campaign of a presidential candidate, they will discover that the story they uncover will be the story of a lifetime.
I loved this book from the opening lines! It is hard to go wrong with zombies, but I found that Grant put an interesting twist on it. I didn't expect this book to use zombies more as a vehicle/plot devise than the central point. To me, it was more of a political heavy-hitter and a social commentary . . . with zombies!
The characters were amazing! I felt that Grant did a good job fleshing them out without being too overpowering with one character or the other. Granted, the book is mostly narrated by Georgia, so it follows her most of the time. I also loved the pop-culture references with Buffy, the tech-savvy Fictional.
My biggest problem was the relationship between George and Shaun. I liked that they had a very close relationship and trusted each other the way they did, but it felt a little too canned. At times, it often felt like love-in-the-wrong-way: bordering on romantic. I love my brother and trust him with my life, but I cannot imagine being that close. That being said, however, it did make an interesting dynamic.
I would say the biggest deterrent for some with this book will be the political intrigue. That was the main focus of the book; zombies where a plot devise. If you have a hard time getting into politics, the games played, etc., then I might consider reading another book.
On the whole, I really enjoyed this book. I'm not sure what I think of a sequel. With the ending, I'm not sure I liked the ending narrator as much as George, so the sequel kind of makes me nervous. But we'll see.
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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