Feed is a novel about blogging, politics, media & zombies... in that order. The story is essentially one that could have been told without zombies at all, and for the most part it was anyway. After the first scene, where the narrator jumps a motorcycle over a pack of zombies, the story takes about 4 hours before another zombie makes a brief appearance.
There are really only several moments where there are any zombies in the story at all. So, if you are looking for a real piece of zombie fiction, this will probably disappoint you.
The writing is not bad, and the narration is pretty well done, but there are several points in the story where the plot wanders into the realm of the stupid. For instance, government sanctioned assassins breaking the neck of a reporter's cat? The longer it went on, the more the wheels fell off.
The premise was an interesting idea for a novel, but the execution leaves much to be desired.
Not bad as zombie books go. A little young sounding but i was still able to become engrossed. The story was a little different and fell together well enough that I wasn't drawn to poke holes in it. All in all a good read and promises to remain so throughout.
This book bursts out of the gate with action that doesn't stop. From the first scene of the book you are sucked in by its heavily descriptive action scenes that you can't put down/turn off.
This is a zombie novel. But the zombie part of the book is just the framework that the author, Mira Grant (also known as Seanan McGuire) skillfully assembles to hang the rest of the story on. This story is about media, and how the media is changing in our time, and how it might change in the future. It's about how one discerns truth from competing sources of information. It is also about the question of competing truths in politics, and the politics of fear. Also layered in this are the very personal stories of our protagonists, their relationships with each other and family. If that is not enough to put into a book, on top of all of that, there is a mystery to be found out as well.
I found it incredibly engaging from start to finish, and will easily listen to it again. I am happy that the sequel Deadline, is up for the Hugo Award this year (2012). I believe that some of her other material related to the series is also up for a Hugo in a different category.
As to the performance, I enjoyed the actors. While I do not know Seanan personally, I have many close friends that do, and they noted that Paula Christensen's voice and accent is remarkably close to that of the author's.
In conclusion, this is a great book. If you want a fun zombie book, you can read/listen to it on that level. However, if you wish to have fun, but also want to have some issues on deeper levels to consider, then this novel is for you.
The narrator's voice was the personification of the main character, George. The vocal intonations were well crafted and the voice was easy to listen to.
The most memorable moments, of course, centered around the zombie attacks, but the defection & loss of the techie character, Buffy, was a bit memorable for some unknown reason..
I beleive my most favorite scene was the unexpected infection and subsequent death of the main character. This was totally unexpected as the story was primarily revealed from her point of view. Unless the brother, Shaun, character is really fleshed-out I don't see how his narrative in any subsequent sequel could possilby hold up to George's point of view storytelling.
As a typical guy, I usually don't laugh or cry when reading, but I will say that the audiobook I downloaded to my iPod was engaging enough to make me look forward to my drive to & from work each day. That's about as extreme in the emotions dept. as I get.
Although I throuoghly enjoyed listening to this book on my iPod, I must admit that I was a bit mystified at first as I was trying to understand exactly what the employees of "After the End Times" actually did. Once I got past the 'reporter/bloggers are heroes' slant I was ok, but it did take some effort at the outset.
I didn't feel the characters or dialogue conveyed enough emotion for me to become attached to the story, for this reason, I am not sure if I will continue onto book 2. The premis of the story had real potential but it didn't complete the points for me.
A part time reader, and full time liver.
This book has been great for what it wants to do, but I have been struggling to go onto the next book. The way the book was written was hard to understand at times, and made it difficult to keep a flow in the book. But overall the story line was very amazing and detailed. It acutally made me think it is possible for a zombie invasion in the United States and see how the nation would actually react.
Maybe... Im not a fan of the writing style, but the story itself is very catching. I find myself wanting more of the story, but wishing it was written in a better format.
They bring a total emotion into the book. Im glad I can listen to the book instead of reading it because I can grasp a better knowledge of the characters emotions.
Yes, because the book ends off in a way that should lead to another book.
Newsflesh is Political thriller and a Medical thriller woven together, in a world filled with Zombies.
The first volume, FEED, sets the stage and is pretty much all about the politics, following a presidential campaign in a future USA where people can't (or won't) gather en masse, travel in armed convoys, and still expect candidates to visit every state kissing babies.
The story is engaging, the characters interesting, the plot intriguing and the author is ... Wonderfully evil. Thank You Mira, may I have another.....
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George.
Yes I would. This is a zombie story but it isn't about the zombies! Mira Grant created a believable world where this might be what it would be like after having to live with the zombies for decades. I laughed, I cried and I raged right along with the characters.
I can't really compare Feed to other zombie novels because it isn't really like them. It is more about the journalists on the campaign tour with a Presidential hopeful and just what happens to them to start making them question just about everything.
They gave a voice to the two main characters that didn't jar me out of the setting of the book, instead those voices drew me further in.
Rise up while you still can.
I read this in book format and then tried the audio format. I was not sorry for it and I look forward to relistening to this book in the future!
...or anything else they can sink their teeth into. Perhaps, a good audio book?
Dual male and female perspectives
Yes -lucky it was an audiobook. I did not need to "put it down".
Solid book, Not your Typical Zombie Book. Nice plot with lots of great and entertaining characters. The whole series is great