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Fascinateingly original, but slow and long.,
This review is from: Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1) (Mass Market Paperback)Feed is set in the year 2040, twenty-six years after two viruses merging caused the zombie apocalypse. Zombies in this world are just an accepted annoyance to be avoided, like mosquitoes. Georgia and Shaun, sister and brother blogger journalists, get a revolutionary job offer - to be part of a promising presidential candidate's press campaign. Except the zombies might not be the only dangers out there.
I loved the twist Mira Grant used in this zombie novel. The virus cause for zombies is everywhere and part of everyone. As soon as one dies for any reason, BAM! They are a zombie. There are intricate laws and personal rules for the treatment of people who are injured. Animals over 40 lbs also reanimate. So there are no pets, you can't eat those animals for food, you can't go into the wilderness, ect. Mira Grant created this fantastic world, that was simply a joy to read the complexity of.
The story, however, focuses on journalistic blogging and the politics of a presidential candidate. These topics were only somewhat interesting to me. Feed is 560 pages long and I lost interest in the story about ¾ the through. It did have an exciting finish with an unexpected twist, but for me the story was just way too long and too slow. I considered not finishing it, but after 450 pages I felt rather committed. Feed is the first in a new series. I will probably take a look at the sequel, Blackout. But unless it is mind-blowingly thrilling and suspenseful, I don't think I will be investing more time into this series.
This is a fascinating original series about a post-apocalyptic zombie world. So if zombies are your thing, this will definitely entertain you. But the slow pace and length of Feed makes it a definite try-before-you-buy for me.
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Initial post: Apr 16, 2011 9:28:03 AM PDT
I am reading this right now and also find it very slow.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 4:14:04 PM PDT
Brian Canniff says:
Yes, it has some pacing issues. But well worth it, IMO.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 8:49:45 AM PST
D. Miller says:
Gotta agree with you guys. I'm coming off books like The Gathering Dead, Tooth and Nail and the Ex-Heroes series and this book just isn't doing it for me. I'm about 20% in on the Kindle and I find myself forcing myself to read it. I appreciate the detail about the "life in a zombie world", but its seeming to focus way to much on "blogging" rather than ZOMBIES. Needless to say, blogging is exactly a captivating story. I think I'll move on...like I say, there are way too many awesome books to take the time reading something mediocre.
Posted on Jan 24, 2012 6:45:10 PM PST
I am sorry, but are you people reading the same book I read....??? Feed was far from slow and Deadline is just a slick and fast..can not wait for the 3rd book in the trilogy..try Evelyn Woods if you think these books are slow....
Posted on Dec 31, 2012 2:06:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012 2:07:43 PM PST
R. Hull says:
There are a lot of things wrong with this book but slowness isn't one of them. What is true however is that the author does a lot of world-building by breaking into the action with lengthy expositorial asides. (Along the lines of "The world is different than before zombies. Here's how politics / media / criminal justice / farming / architecture / urban planning / transportation / personal security / privacy / attitudes towards pets have changed ..." then going on for three pages or so before returning to scene). Except that it's often repetitive (many of the above sequences occur more than once per topic with little or no additional information in the repetition), the world building is actually very strong -- it's imaginative, well-researched, feels both true personal, and is engagingly written -- and it's actually the main attraction in this novel. But overall I think this reviewer is just saying they didn't want to waste their time on anything other than action sequences, and met any other content with impatience to get to more zombie killin'.
Also, readers looking for shorter books than this need to stick to YA books exclusively. 560 pages of largish print in a pocket paperback format is an average length book for adults, and this book can *easily* be finished in a few days, no especial dedication or application required. Given the repetitiveness though the publisher could have edited this down about 20% by cutting out the repetition about blood tests, arguments about sunglasses, migraine headache complaints, media equipment inventories, discussion of animals, and the readers wouldn't have missed anything.
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