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Deadline Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2011
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Starred Review. Grant (pseudonymous urban fantasy author Seanan McGuire) continues her postapocalyptic zombie series with this adrenaline-packed, quick-witted tale of medicine and mayhem. It's 2041, a year after Shaun Mason's sister and co-blogger, Georgia, became infected with the zombie virus (in 2010's Feed). After nearly three decades of rampant zombiism, procedures and protocols have evolved to keep humans safe, constrained, and scared. As Shaun struggles to cope with Georgia's death, a doctor from the Centers for Disease Control sets the After the End Times blogging crew to investigating a conspiracy around people with a reservoir condition—a state in which the virus goes live in just one area of the body—and the high death rate among reputable scientists trying to study them. Deft cultural touches, intriguing science, and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans. (June)
"Astonishing ... a fascinating exploration of the future."―New York Times
"While there's plenty of zombie mayhem, political snark, and pointedly funny observations here, the heart of this book is about human relationships, which are still the most important thing in the world...even in a world where you might have to shoot the person you love most in the head, just to stop them from biting off your face."―Locus on Feed
"Feed is a proper thriller with zombies. Grant doesn't get carried away with describing her world or the virus. She's clearly thought both out brilliantly, but she doesn't let it get in the way of a taut, well-written story."―SFX on Feed
"The story starts with a bang as corruption, mystery, danger and excitement abound."―RT Book Reviews (4.5 stars) on Feed
"Gripping, thrilling, and brutal... 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."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Feed
"Intelligent and intense, a thinking-person's post-apocalyptic zombie thriller set in a fully-realized future that is both fascinating and horrifying to behold."―John Joseph Adams on Feed
"I can't wait for the next book."―N.K. Jemisin on Feed
"It's a novel with as much brains as heart, and both are filling and delicious."―The A. V. Club on Feed
"OK, all of you readers who want something weighty and yet light, campy and yet smart, horror with heart, a summer beach read that will stay in your head and whisper to you "what if," Deadline is just what you are looking for."―RT Book Reviews on Deadline
"Deft cultural touches, intriguing science, and amped-up action will delight Grant's numerous fans."―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Deadline
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Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant Kindle & Audio
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Sherry and I participated in Goodreads 2016 TBR Twins Challenge. We chose to read Feed (Newsflesh Book 1) by Mira Grant. It was a very good choice.
When Sherry was about one third of the way through the book, she shared with me, “it's an interesting concept of how the whole thing came to be and about blogging. I kind of like the blogging aspect as now in 2016 you don't see much bloggers. It is like they say, mostly teenagers blogging about their depress/antsy life. I used to do that all during high school.
I thought the blogging aspect was cool. It is a more rounded view of what is happening. Not just one person or one organization. What I really like is that it is a zombie apocalypse where civilization has not totally fallen. There is still a government. Still communication. Still the trappings of a normality. Yet there is this constant threat. If you replace "zombie" with "terrorist", it lends itself to a very good conversation. I grew up during the cold war. While we lived everyday normal lives, there was a threat constantly hanging over our heads but not visible. This book reminds me of that type of threat that is there but not there. I
When Sherry finished the book, her summary was, “I LOVE IT!!!!! I can't wait for book #2. I don't want to spoil it for you but sad ending. I also think it's awesome that society did not fall. In movies you always see humanity fallen, people just savage and live off the grid. I like that it is still organized and civilized.
Once I finished I decided I would give it 5 out of 5 stars. Again the main selling point for me was the uniqueness of a not completely fallen civilization. The ending was sad but left room for so much more to happen. I liked seeing Shawn grow from idiot brother to a fully realized character.
As you can tell both Sherry and I were captivated by a semi-apocalypse. Most post apocalypse books I have encountered are somewhat of a scorched earth, nothing left, no civilization, no infrastructure, no communications. It was so refreshing to read a book that still has government and lights and communication. It sets a totally different feel for the book. As I referenced above, the concept of safe areas where no one is truly safe is probably the most horribly aspect of the book. Sherry and I would both highly recommend it.
I also picked up the Audible version of Feed and found it to be wonderful. The narrators, Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein did a fantastic job. The production values were perfect. 5 of 5 stars.
This is one of those, "why haven't I read this sooner" moments. I love a good zombie story, and this one is a winner. The year is 2040. In 2014, a zombie outbreak called "The Rising", destroys life as the world knows it. After the Rising, people are far less likely to congregate in large groups, must take a blood test for entrance into any building, and entire areas (Alaska) are declared uninhabitable and given over to the infected. Traditional news sites failed miserably at reporting the original outbreak. The government tried to keep it silent and the media was complicit. A lot of needless deaths were caused because they reported it as a hoax, or cos play. It wasn't until a doctor spoke to the people directly through his eleven year old's blog that the truth was revealed. It was a turning point for independent bloggers. Now, they were the trusted name in news.
Now it's 2040. One of these independent news sites, After the End Times, is invited to follow a presidential candidate around during the primaries and up to the election for the first time. We meet Georgia and her brother Shaun, our intrepid reporters. Imagine trying to run a campaign and stump in a post-Rising world. The threat of zombies limits your ability to talk to the people, and the need for power leads some to go to extreme lengths to destroy their political opponents.
Ms. Grant did her research and it shows. The explanations and the world-building really give the reader a sense that this could happen. She uses some other zombie lore, but puts her own spin on it. The virus that causes amplification into a zombie, Kellis-Amberlee came about through a cure for cancer and the common cold colliding. (Think <em>I am Legend</em>). Everyone has the virus, (Think the Walking Dead) but it's not until you go through amplification that it becomes a problem. Whether you get bit by the infected or you die from a heart attack the result is the same.
Everyone has the virus, but some people experience concentrated levels in certain organs that doesn't spread to the rest of the body. Georgia has retinal KA (Kellis-Amberlee) affecting only her eyes making her eyes permanently dilated. Rick's wife had it in her ovaries, causing her newborn to be born with an increased viral load and undergo spontaneous amplification at age nine.
What I loved is how this book made me think about what it was like after the Rising. The author touches on some things, like a political candidate who would want to eradicate all the infected and take back Alaska (Tate). But I could also imagine an opposing political group, who fight for the Infected's rights. I could see a group of protesters who would put everyone in danger in the name of political correctness. If you didn't want to coexist with the infected you would be labeled a zombieist, or something along those lines. Others would be prosecuted for shooting a zombie trying to bite them or their family.
It also made me think about the medical aspect. How would cardiac arrest be handled? Do you try to resuscitate a person who goes down, or let them amplify? I wouldn't want to get close enough to a person who has dropped to perform CPR or even hook-up an AED. And what about the terminally ill or nursing home residents? Could you come up with some sort of device hooked up to your heart monitor that will kill you once your heart stops? (Like the doctor in Saw III). Maybe I think about things too much. Anyway, it's a great book. If you love zombie stories, give this one a try.
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The main characters are Georgia and Shaun, two orphans of the apocolypse.Read more