Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2010
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
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)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
From Bookmarks Magazine
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.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Georgia and her brother Shaun are young journalists in a world where zombies are an accepted fact of life and the most reliable and cutting-edge journalism is coming from blogs. The siblings run their own up-and-coming blog and their career is poised for a boost when a major presidential candidate selects them to receive intimate access to his campaign and family.
The world-building is intricate and that's . . . well, that's part of the problem. Grant can't get out of her own way with all the technical details of her world and it becomes extremely repetitive. She's never content to tell us something just once, we get the same pieces of information over and over again. I wish she had trusted her readers to retain information from one chapter to the next. It's further complicated by Georgia and Shaun providing all these details in first person and it's unclear why they would be explaining what are basic facts of their life to us in such detail, especially when it requires them contrasting their world with the world that we current readers live in. As their entire life has taken place in the context of this zombie-filled world, it doesn't make sense *why* they bother to explain their world in such detail and contrast it to the pre-zombie world.
Georgia is constantly focusing on her role as an impartial and unbiased journalist which is what makes it confusing when her blog posts (presented as part of the story) directly contradict this. Things like this jarred me out of the story. There was also an issue of Grant's world-building failing to address the question that interested me most -- in the context of a zombie-decimated population, how are all these walls and air-dropped disinfectant sprays and high tech blood tests and special bleach-spray showers being paid for? Who is funding them? It all sounds very expensive and the economic aspect of the zombie outbreak is never addressed.
The book is grounded in zombies but the real story is the human story and how even in a world so dangerous to life people are willing to sacrifice others for their own "moral" code and how some choose to live above that. George and Shaun are honest and fearless in the search of the truth. The book gives a unique spin on how the zombie plague started that is just plausible enough to give shivers (all I could think of was 'no good deed goes unpunished' when they finally explained how the zombies were created). It also pays homage to the best zombie flicks of the past and present (with names like Shaun, Buffy and George just for a start) as well as having some of Seanan McGuires (Mira Grant's real name) trademark dry humor and captivating writing.
Definitely a favorite.
Just to be clear, this isn't an apocalypse tale. Civilization didn't crash; it adapted. It's a recognizable world, a product of a global trauma, and fascinating for where it's the same and where it's changed. Feed is about how amazing and how awful people can be. And if it doesn't break your heart, you probably already are a zombie.