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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 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (863 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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*Warning, this review contains spoilers for FEED, the preceding book in Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy read the review here ([...]), then read that book first.*

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.
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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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