Hardcore Journalists brave a zombie ridden world to cover an election... hmmm... I wasn't super excited about the story line at first, but upon reading it I was COMPLETELY SHOCKED. This book actually made me cry. I didn't like everything about it.. but I enjoyed it because it was different and it surprised me how lost I got into the book.
This is really not your usual zombie novel.
Set a couple decades after the zom-pocalypse, the story revolves around a brother and sister journalist team covering the campaign of a Republican presidential candidate. What struck me first about the book was the refreshingly believable way that the author portrayed the western world following a plague of this magnitude...it just keeps going. Apple turns to designing blood test kits as well as cellphones, Embassy Suites offer hermatically-sealed conference rooms for high-paying guests, and resturants only serve meals outside to patrons who have proper security clearances, but otherwise the survivors of this new world are more or less as you might expect the citizens of USA circa 2040 to be.
Now, there are plenty of the action-packed scenes of stumbling, face-gnawing gore that no zombie novel would be complete without, but mostly the story is focused on more mundane horrors. Mysterious "accidents" keep befalling the followers and families of the progressive-minded presidental candidate, and our young journalists are tasked with discovering who is trying to discredit -- and maybe assasinate -- our man. It's a thrilling mystery first, and a zombie novel second. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Also, I have to give props to Jesse Bernstein. His voice acting absolutely made the Percy Jackson series for me, and he brings it just as solidly with this project.
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I love the whole backstory of Kellis-Amberlee (the virus which causes zombies in this series) and the characters. It's been a long time since I was drawn into the characters.
I would compare it to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. There's a lot of Wheldon-like style and humor in it.
There are several great scenes. The opening in Santa Cruz with Georgia and Shaun fleeing a horde or zombies and a scene in the middle when a main character is bitten and amplifies. No spoilers from me here.
The world AFTER the zombies rose.
One great thing I loved in Feed (and the Newsflesh series in general) is that while this is a world with zombies in it, it's not really about zombies. The zombie rising happened 25 years before the story in the book and while there are a couple great scenes with zombies attacking our main characters, it's really a political thriller hidden inside a post-apocalyptic zombie story. If you expect to have cover-to-cover zombies in this book, I would suggest looking somewhere else.
This book was Fantastic, I signed on for a zombie story But ended up in a political thriller. You never know whats going to happen next.
I've replaced my HD TV with the Audible app.
No I would not. Once you get to know the main characters you are finally able to identify and enjoy their story. Unfortunately that takes hours to develop and I almost stopped listening before I reached that point.
I am going to finish the series but I don't care for this author and won't be likely to listen to any other books she has written.
I preferred Paula's narration and without her performance there wouldn't have been any saving this book.
I would have been content if the book stood alone and wasn't a series.
If you are a person who doesn't read and enjoy blogs on a regular basis this book probably isn't for you. It has some redeeming factors but not the greatest zombie series by far. So much more could have been done with the idea for this book but sadly it falls well short of it's potential.
YOU KNOW HOW WHEN YOU ARE LISTENING TO A GOOD BOOK AND YOU MISS SOME YOU REWIND AND START OVER TO HEAR THE PART YOU MISSED? YOU DON'T EVER HAVE TO DO THAT WITH THIS BOOK BECAUSE THE AUTHOR OVER DESCRIBES EVERYTHING SO MUCH YOU CAN MISS 10 MINUTES AND SHE IS STILL DESCRIBING THE ROOM THE CHARACTERS ARE STANDING IN...I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE TAKE SO LONG TO DO SO LITTLE IN MY LIFE. NOT TO MENTION THAT THE STORY IS DUMB.
WHY HAVE A MALE NARRATOR AND USE THE FEMALE TO DO MOST OF THE BOOK, INSTEAD OF LETTING THE MALE DO THE MALE CHARACTERS. THE FEMALE NARRATOR MAKES THE MALE CHARACTERS SOUND LIKE A DRAG QUEEN FROM NEW YORK.
THIS BOOK IS BAD...
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.