Feed has been on my list to read for a while now. It was recommended to me after I read 'World War Z' and found I like zombie fiction. I have to say I have no idea why I waited so long. This is a delicious book! -That might be the wrong word for a book about zombies feeding on human flesh. For anyone who might be thinking it, no, I have not been bitten by any human like creatures or mammals over forty pounds. Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein do a good job of the narration. At first I found Shaun's narration a bit difficult to listen to. It grew on me because it fit his character so well.
'Feed' is about a brother and sister, Georgia and Shawn Mason, who are just barely adults. They are bloggers in 2040. They learned this skill set from an opportunistic couple who adopted them as orphans from the zombie war of 2014. They did this partially to replace their own son they lost, and partially for publicity and ratings. The most affection they received was in public and from the extremely tight bond they developed with one another. The Mason siblings grew up in a world that lives with zombies. Zombies were not completely decimated after the break out because everyone carries the Kellis-Amberlee virus. Everyone who does die, short of a bullet to the brain, will turn into a zombie. At any moment an outbreak can occur and people live with that fear everyday. So, people live very sterile lives inside. Only the brave go out to grocery shop, go on a date, or drive anywhere. Bloggers fall in three categories: Newsies, Irwin's, and Fictional's. Irwin's go outside and partake in pre-rising behavior antagonizing the occasional zombie in the process, allowing society to live vicariously while sitting on their couch. Bloggers and news reporters are a brave breed in a society tightly controlled by fear of the zombie virus.
A nice twist is that our blogging team, Shawn, Georgia, and Buffy, get chosen to follow a senator's campaign for the presidency. All sorts of sabotage, hidden agenda's, and zombie outbreaks make for an exciting read. I was hard pressed to set 'Feed' down and force myself to take care of terribly annoying, necessary things in my life such as work and eating. Ugh...
This is an enjoyable read, but it is also well written with developed characters you attach to. This is not the goriest of zombie novels. It is more plot and character driven, but as I have said before, what is a zombie novel without some human flesh being eaten? The exciting news, if you haven't read this already, is that its a trilogy. There is a pretty big twist at the end and I refuse to give you the spoilers. Instead I am going to order you to pick this up and read it if you have any interest in zombies, good dystopian fiction, and political intrigue. I know I am assuming a lot by believing I can order you to do anything, but I'm doing it anyway. Happy reading to you.
The reader for George was FANTASTIC. She had depth of emotion and range for voices. IT almost felt like the other reader wasn't even needed
I like that the story was set in a society that had lived with Zombies for decades. The reader got to see what a society like that would look like. So it probably wasn't as actiony as most would expect from a zombie book but it was definitely worth the read.
My favorite scene is one that I cannot describe here (SPOILERS!) but suffice it to say that there was action where there needed to be and lots of heart too.
Yes! I found myself driving around a bit more than I needed to so I could find out what happens next!
The narrator's attempt at voices for the characters was lacking. There were repetitive parts of the book, so much so I thought maybe my iPod was hitching or repeating previous chapters. The storyline was confusing at times and the language was odd.
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I guess it is time to come clean. Although I never expected it, I am a fan of the genre, and no longer afraid to admit it. This offering clinched it. This book , as some have pointed out, isnt really a zombie story. Yes, they are part of the story, but it is about a group of bloggers selected to follow a presidential candidate during a zombie infested US Presidential election campaign. Someone doesnt seem to want him to get elected.
I had no problems with the narration. I thought both did a good job becoming the characters. The only thing that threw me a little was a voice that reminded me of a King of the Hill character but that was minor.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and may go on to the next one soon
I love a good zombie story as much as the next guy, but a virtuous politician is a mythical creature I just can't suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy.
I liked the adherence to some traditional zombie lore and approaching it from the angle of the characters being journalists. Also, the back-story about the cause of the outbreak, I though,t was not only interesting but plausible within the frame of the story and unique.
Is it my favorite or my least favorite? I'm not really sure. I'm not going to give details, but there's a particular scene that takes place in the van toward the end...
Laughter, sadness, anger. There were a number of powerful moments.
Actually, it took me a while to get through this book as I kept putting it down in disappointment.
I have not read a "zombie story" from this perspective. That part was interesting. And if the story had revolved around that, I believe I would have liked it. But the whole superblogger, fighting for truth and justice, bit was tiresome very early in.
The political and religious attitude of the main character, is in my opinion, just what liberals would like to believe about themselves - sophisticated, enlightened, and non-judgmental. But it comes off as naïve and predictably negative towards Christians and conservatives (of which I am neither). It read at times like the author needed a soapbox to spew her righteous anger which got real old very fast.
Genuine, refreshing, anxious
Getting into the details of how life is decades after the dead rise
This is the best book of the trilogy, and stands on it's own without the other books.
I am only on book three and am so annoyed/disturbed by Georgia's obsession (bordering on lust) for her brother I can barely get through a few minutes of the story without an eye-roll.....or ten. I think I also cringed twice.
For me, Georgia's character just isn't.....likeable. She comes across at times as a total victim (i.e. her retinal "KA" issues) and at other times a snobby know-it-all. I can't find anything redeeming about her and would not want to know her in real life. I like to identify with the main character in books, and to my dismay, Georgia is dominating the story thus far. Buffy is actually the most interesting character even though she sounds like me when I was thirteen (like totally!)
I have no problem with the story and its flow, in fact, I'm enjoying how the story is playing out despite my disinterest in anything to do with zombies. So, to me, it's a good story and I look forward to see how it turns out.....Does Georgia get her man? Does Buffy like totally get eaten by zombies? I don't really care, I'm not invested in these characters at all except to see what new and different ways they can annoy me. Bring on the Zombies!!!!
When the primary narrator wasn't talking.
Jesse Bernstein's yes, Paula Christensen's no.
Christensen's attempts at Shaun's voice killed whatever atmosphere she was trying to create. And we GET IT, main character. Journalistic integrity. Couldn't finish the book.