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Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2010
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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.Read more ›
It sucks to be the second part of a trilogy. The first part is young and impetuous, the vibrant child introducing us to new worlds and people while establishing the broad conflict. The last one is older, more mature, bringing it all together and providing us with a sense of closure. All the middle kids does is get everyone into as much trouble as possible.
Boy, howdy does DEADLINE do that.
Picking up scant months after the events of FEED, we're plopped into the head of Shaun Mason as he barely holds the crew of After the End Times together. The ghost of his dead sister is in his head, an officially deceased CDC researcher is in his apartment and his city is overrun with the hungry amplified. This new addition to the group has information that someone is willing to firebomb the entirety of Oakland to keep secret. It would appear that the conspiracy behind his sister's death is alive and Shaun will stop at nothing to get at the heart of the matter.
Everything that made FEED my favorite novel of last year, as well as my second favorite zombie novel of all time, is still here: political intrigue, in-depth and honest characters that work their way into your heart and life, spot on social commentary on the way we live under the threat of a terror state and some damn fine "hold onto your britches while you fill them with poo" action. Of course, Mira continues to ratchet up the tension with the increasingly tightening noose around the necks of our intrepid newsies.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I almost never leave bad reviews. I'm only....68 pages in and I came here explicitly to write about how awful this book is so far. Read morePublished 1 day ago by MasterBlaster
The world of Feed sucks you in from the begining. Unlike other zombie novels were society is reduced to a post apocalypse type landscape, in Feed society goes on. Read morePublished 3 days ago by C Moss
I couldn't get through this book got boring so i stopped the series at book 2Published 5 days ago by rick akers
You can tell pretty easily that Mira Grant loves blogging, because she's constructed a world where bloggers are the real powerful media. Okay then.Published 6 days ago by James R Lemke
Love this! If you've read her work, you know what to expect. If you haven't, read Feed first!!!Published 6 days ago by mgmills
I like a good sci-fi novel. Future tech, post-apocalyptic, zombies and you've got me on the hook. This story was somewhat interesting, but so much of it was over the top. Read morePublished 8 days ago by A. Smith
I'm sure many others have reviewed the book and said what was good and bad. What I found fascinating was how bloggers were portrayed. Back in 2010 blogging was more fresh and new. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mark QL Louderback
Nice fresh take on the zombie tale. This story is about how a bureaucracy and government respond to a zombie plague in the long term. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Pete's mom
A bit slow in some parts but the action is worth the wait. I'm already on to the second book.Published 19 days ago by Taso