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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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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: 4.2 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Labrynth 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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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Bernstein on May 5, 2010
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark McElroy on January 30, 2014
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FEED posits a near-future in which the zombie apocalypse fails to bring about the collapse of society. Instead, the living have retreated behind gated communities, where they get the latest news from risk-taking bloggers and obsessively test their blood for active infections.

It's won high-profile awards, and the ratings and reviews here suggest many adore this book. (In fact, it was recommended to me by a source I trust.) So it's with some embarrassment I confess that, about a quarter of the way in, I abandoned the book. For me, that's saying something, because I can't remember the last time I *didn't* finish a novel.

I never found the characters particularly bright or compelling. I never felt invested in the election they're covering. And after reading for the twenty-third time the laborious details of how the finger-pricking blood tests are done, I just snapped the covers shut and moved on. (Well, metaphorically -- I was, after all, reading the book on my Kindle.)

I doubt readers of political thrillers will care for the youthful, zombie-battling bloggers at the center of this book, and I doubt that readers of zombie books will are for the political and technical details that consume so much of this book's word count.

Sadly, I can't recommend it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline on August 16, 2013
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Feed is easily the most poorly written book I have ever read. So much so that I am writing my first book review ever on it so nobody else suffers through what I had too. I bought the book on my nook for like $3 so I'm more upset with the time I lost than I am with the money. On to why...

Besides a decently creative storyline, this book offers nothing but pain for the reader. The characters are terrible. I don't mean Bella Swan annoying, I mean they are contradicting, flat, and unrealistic. The protagonist, Georgia, and her adopted brother, Shaun, are weirdly, creepily close for twenty-something's. I seriously kept waiting for them to hook up as the only time either character showed any emotion was when the other was in danger. This could have been done in a way that didn't leave the reader feeling like they were about to engage in some incest action. Maybe in a zombie-infested world incest is all the hope some people have for love. I would have enjoyed that twist much more than realizing that the author created Georgia in her own image and created Shaun in an image resembling her perfect type of man and not seeing the problem. Speaking of problems, was this book even edited? Several times Shaun is described as easy-going, funny, danger-seeking and that he pokes zombies with sticks (somebody please count how many times that exact description for him is used). The first time we see Shaun have an anger attack is halfway through the book for an incident that is not fully explained or understood by the reader. What happened to the goofy guy? The character flaw is not developed early enough and therefore doesn't work.

This book probably could have been edited a few more times and polished up. It feels like a first draft that was rushed into publication.
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