Written by: Mira Grant
Pages: 599 (Mass Market Paperback)
Series: Book One (ongoing)
The premise: ganked from BN.com: The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat 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, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.
Must Have: The book does have some flaws: it's a bit long, and certain repetitions of information can get tedious (except for the blood tests: that was important and needed to be reinforced EVERY TIME). But this book, by the end, was a serious emotional kick to the head, and I was marveling by time I was finished. Sure, the villain is a little too obvious, and yes, for a zombie book, you don't get a whole lot of zombie action. But what kept me turning the pages was the similarities between Georgia's and Shaun's world to our own. Sure, there's differences in the way people live their lives, but the similarities are striking, especially in that people, and their governments, don't change, and if we want change, we have to make it happen for ourselves. I loved this book, and while i don't see myself reading it again, I really look forward to finishing the rest of this trilogy. Grant has given us a dark, gritty tale that on one level will feel familiar to readers of the October Daye series (Mira Grant is the pen name for Seanan McGuire), and the detailed level of world-building is similar too. But I far preferred Feed's heroine over McGuire's, but that may be just a personal preference. The point: if you're a fan of McGuire's work, you definitely need to check this out. If you're a fan of futuristic fiction, you should check this out. Fans of zombies in general may be a little put out, but I still think the book is worth reading just to see how society survives and keeps functioning long after a zombie uprising.
Review style: There's so much to discuss! We'll discuss the future of blogging and how it butts heads with traditional media (yes, this applies to a zombie book), as well as how contemporary issues and pop culture are so at home in this book. Also, a distinct look at the heroine and how she runs circles around October Daye of McGuire's urban fantasy series. Also, I want to discuss the weird feeling I had while reading, that this book is more YA than not, even though the protagonists aren't teens. Spoilers, absolutely. I can't talk about this book without discussing the things that hit me the hardest, so please DO NOT READ THE FULL REVIEW if you haven't yet read this book. Trust me, you'll thank me later. The full review is linked to my journal below, so if you HAVE read the book, hop on over! As always, comments and discussion are most welcome!
REVIEW: Mira Grant's FEED
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