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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316081051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316081054
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (495 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Urban fantasist Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue) picks up a new pen name for this gripping, thrilling, and brutal depiction of a postapocalyptic 2039. Twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason and their colleague Buffy are thrilled when Sen. Peter Ryman, the first presidential candidate to come of age since social media saved the world from a virus that reanimates the dead, invites them to cover his campaign. Then an event is attacked by zombies, and Ryman's daughter is killed. As the bloggers wield the newfound power of new media, they tangle with the CDC, a scheming vice presidential candidate, and mysterious conspirators who want more than the Oval Office. 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. (May)
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While the past few years have seen no shortage of new takes on the zombie genre, critics thought that Feed broke away from the shuffling horde. They appreciated the care Grant took in building a detailed world, noting how she infused originality into genre elements like the vaccine gone bad. Some reviewers criticized this extensive exposition, and while none of them were ever bored by the world Grant describes, they questioned whether it was realistic for her characters to have such excellent recall of the apocalypse. Nevertheless, critics recommended Feed as a title that should entertain even those who are not normally fans of the SF or horror genre. Stay tuned for the second in the Newsflesh series, Blackout.

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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2011
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Feed depicts the life of three twenty somethings a few decades in the future where things have gone wrong. Very wrong. Typical media is in the minority and internet media and blogging are where it's at. Our bloggers end up following a Presidential hopeful on his campaign trail and find out that some people would rather keep the world as is than move it past the catastrophe that happened. With one turn after another they figure out a conspiracy that's bigger than they anticipate.

That's the good.

Here's the bad.

If you were looking for a zombie book, this isn't it. This is a political thriller with some zombie information thrown in on the side. The concept of how the zombies got here is discussed, a lot, and is solid. However, you could easily replace the zombie with almost anything else: HIV, Anthrax, Ebola, etc and get the same result. The zombies aren't needed and are a mere side note, which left me disappointed.

Half of this book reads like a solid thriller. The other half tho, reads like a freaking technical manual. I can't count the number of blood tests they take. But it gets described over and over and over and over and over again. To the point that, as a medic, I have to raise the B.S. flag because there's no way their skin would take that much sticking. Not to mention the increased risk of infection due to the multiple sticks. Multiple needles, multiple times a day. That's more than even your worst diabetic does and they will tell you how much it sucks. Also, how many times do I need to know the exact number of cameras any one person has on them at any given time? Apparently it's a lot. In all honesty, you could have cut out about half the pages if we hadn't been given these details ad nauseum.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Bernstein on May 5, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are zombies. There's some gore, though not as much as you might think. And yes, some people (and animals) die in highly unpleasant ways. Still, I don't think of Feed by Mira Grant as a horror novel. It's science fiction in both the extrapolative and speculative sense, and a fine example of both.

A little term definition is in order here. Extrapolative and speculative SF have sometimes been referred to, respectively, as the "if this goes on" and "what if" types of science fiction. An extrapolative story looks at our world as it is today, examines current trends, and makes educated guesses as to what will happen next. A speculative story posits one Big Change, and explores how that change will affect the rest of the world.

In Feed, that Big Change is the Kellis-Amberlee virus, an engineered and mutated plague with the nasty habit of animating the corpses of those it infects, and using the time before the body collapses completely to a) feed, and b) spread the infection. Hence, zombies. In the Feed timeline, the first spread of Kellis-Amberlee, and the Rising that followed, occurred in 2014. It's now 2039, and the world is, as you might expect, a very different place. It's a world where the CDC carries the highest level of governmental authority, a world where Alaska has been abandoned, and a world where a bullet to the brain is far, far preferable to death by natural causes, and everyone knows it.

The extrapolation? That comes from the protagonists, Georgia and Shaun Mason. They're a brother and sister team of bloggers, and bloggers have become the primary source of news and information for the majority of the remaining population.
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82 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Erika (Jawas Read, Too) on April 27, 2010
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The year is 2039 and bloggers have taken over the world. Twenty five years ago the Kellis-Amberlee virus went live. Infected humans and animals began reanimating after death--some underwent spontaneous change--to become walking feeding machines. With an appetite for the truth as insatiable as a zombie's diet, Georgia--George--Mason and her brother, Shaun, have climbed the ranks of news bloggers around the world. Their ratings have everything to gain from their recent invitation to join a senator's political campaign. Now they're on the road providing coverage of what's promising to be the campaign trail for the next President of the United States of America. There's only one problem: wherever they go, KA begins breaking out, putting the team at risk. Will they survive to see their candidate win the Republican ticket?

Feed is Seanan McGuire's third published book, but first under the pen name Mira Grant. Fans of her October Daye books will recognize some similarities between the two series. Mainly, these are minor--writers will invariably develop quirks that nuance their writing. Georgia is an independent, no-nonsense workaholic with a license that requires her to carry a gun and a disease that makes it impossible for her to cry. Clearly Grant likes writing strong female protagonists. They lean toward the flinty end of the spectrum and stop just short of growling when not amused.

It might appear at first that the inability to cry is going a bit overboard. It isn't necessary to literally remove a reaction stereotypically associated with the female gender to show how tough she is, but Georgia makes it clear how frustrating Retinal KA really is.
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