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Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1 | [Mira Grant]

Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.
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The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so, we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, 20 years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

©2010 Mira Grant (P)2010 Hachette

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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 03-06-14
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2012

    former nuclear scientist

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    "a near-future immersive America"

    I'm not big on the zombie genre, but I do like sci fi/fantasy, so I gave this book a chance. There are weaknesses - virus levels are measured in microns (a unit of length, not of number or concentration), internal inconsistencies, the villain at the end acts out a cliche that makes no sense in context (despite the speech he gives to indicate murderous insanity) - but despite all these flaws, I just wanted to keep listening. The author paints vivid pictures in an America just a few decades from now where (suspend disbelief) technology has progressed stunningly in response to a virus that creates "night of the living dead"-like zombies through a (suspend disbelief) lab-engineered mutation of the common cold. The fact that zombie-ism is contagious, and that transformation isn't immediate, is central to the plot, but the contradictions between the virus origin story and the way it behaves made me think that an origin story actually subtracts from the plot. So just power through the parts where the book's version of virology is discussed, and power through ridiculous scenes like the narrator taking the time to explain her brother's dating history during a zombie mob attack, and immerse yourself in an interesting thriller where the journalists are targeted because they tell the truth, and the harshness of a zombie-filled world forces people to horrible, soul-dimming acts of mercy and love and self-protection. "Sophie's Choice" with a virus instead of Nazis.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tassy Kingston - Jamaica 07-10-13
    Tassy Kingston - Jamaica 07-10-13
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    "A Quailty Story Set in a World Full of Zombies"

    Firstly, I must say that I do not consider this title, a zombie book. Or better yet I do not consider it a zombie action title, so if you are looking for over the top zombie action, this is not it.

    This is a brilliant story: a world in which scientist just wanted to rid the world of some of our more common health problems, which eventually created a great up rising of zombies. After most zombies were killed and a system was developed to ensure persons were safe from another uprising. Though so much has changed a lot as stayed the same.

    In a world were recognition and ratings are still important for any news publication or blog, the main characters finds themselves raising to the top on the heels of following who they hope to be the next president of the United States.

    It is a book full of news, entertainment and politics set in a world were zombies walk the earth and the virus that created them in the first place can be used as a terrorist weapon.

    This story is full of some twist and turns that leads to an unexpected conspiracy, it is beautifully written and the attention to detail allows you to full appreciate the story and understand that world that they currently live in.

    The narrator did a great story justice and brings out the true entertainment value of the title.

    If you are into, hidden conspiracies, politics and news with a hand full of zombies throw in, this book is it

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 07-07-13
    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "Your eyes hurt? We got it. Another blood TEST OMG!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes I would have it re-edited. Take out the redundancy of some of the parts of the book that took away from the story. All in all its not a bad story, Just needed some of the fluff taken out.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mira Grant before, how does this one compare?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein – was your favorite?

    Georgia. The narrator was pretty good no issues with her at all.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I watch a president get elected/re-elected every 4 years. And I do argue the point, there are zombies in our election process too.


    Any additional comments?

    I would pass on this zombie wannabe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thepoet Sherman Oaks, CA United States 04-03-13
    thepoet Sherman Oaks, CA United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2011

    chewyluka

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    ""Zombieland" meets "All The Presidents Men""

    The Story:
    A journey into a tomorrow with outbreak as a part of current events, Georgia & Shawn are adopted siblings who run a blog site reporting first hand accounts of zombie occurrences until they win the journalistic lottery to cover a presidential candidate.

    The story moves through more political and current events, medical as well, that sets up a world worth remembering and experiencing. This undercurrent of tension about contact with the virus, and the great lengths the population, sat with me going through the experience of the story. I had to remind myself on occasion that I didn't have to wory about catching the
    "Kelsen Amberly Virus" which turns you into a zombie. The violence isn't fetishistic or overstated, there's a fair bit of humor and care at the same time taken into the cost of this virus. There are few great scenes of intense moments that will give most thrill seekers what they're looking for, don't count on widespread zombie killings in this book. The political conspiracy element has some intriguing elements, unfortunately some are quite cliched. Hopefully the following books will be able to open that political conspiracy into something more believable and take a cue from the stronger "CDC" elements that have a real cost to the population, there's something really interesting there.

    The Narrators:
    Two voices, mostly that of the character Georgia (Paula), run through the book. The character Shawn (Jesse), his voice is less integrated and feels more tacked on, and his accents leave a lot to be desired. Paula's run through the majority of the book is playful, emotional, & picks up the excitement very well. Her performance was worth taking the journey with.

    The Sum:
    There's a real sense of what's at risk here which would compel me to continue into at least the second book, as long as those very few cliched villains and dot by dot plot connections stay behind. Overall the story was interesting, timely and off the beaten path from what you'd expect from the genre. Like I said if you want to see a Zombie version of "All The President's Men" this is your book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Alexandria, VA, United States 07-13-13
    Frank Alexandria, VA, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Predictable, lacks action, but well-researched"

    Given Feed's good rating, I expected a lot more. I found myself getting pretty bored and I LOVE zombie novels.

    The authors did an excellent job researching this book and painting an interesting post-apocolyptic world. But it seemed like 95% of the book was describing the world. While interesting and clearly creative, 12-14 hours of 'description' gets old and boring.

    I thought the action scenes were rushed and in short supply.

    I feel like I am pretty good at predicting surprises, so predictability doesn't bother me all that much. But the outcomes were pretty predictable.

    I really liked the dynamic set up between the two main characters, siblings Georgia and Shawn.

    But I think the inner-dialogue of the main character (Georgia Mason), was distracting, disruptive, and very repetitive. She repeats the importance of her journalistic integrity over and over and over and over and over. I was willing to give the authors the benefit of the doubt, assuming this was to bring out the unique personal values of the main character, but then she brings it up during action scenes with zombies and others chasing her. It just got annoying.

    And I realize blood testing machines are a ubiquitous part of the new world, but how many different ways can we describe a needle prick, antiseptic spray, and red/green light? After a while I really wanted the authors to come up with some short-hand for that process, especially since the book lacked action.

    In short, not enough action, way too much describing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Cambridge, MA, United States 05-16-13
    Benjamin Cambridge, MA, United States 05-16-13
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    "Run from this book like a horde of zombies"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You really need to find all of the intricate details of reporting & blogging interesting, because the story serves only as a thin excuse to expound on the art of journalism.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein ?

    Jesse Bernstein is hardly present in the performance. Paula Christensen gave an heroic attempt, but it would be extraordinarily difficult to make the dialogue in this book seem like things an actual human being might say.


    What character would you cut from Feed?

    None of the characters are particularly well-written, but the main character's brother, Shaun, is especially poorly conceived. His dialogue is constituted entirely of Whedon-esque one-liners meant to inject humor, but instead comes off as derivative & unconvincing. Additionally he comes off as obnoxious and unlikeable, but I don't think that was intentional. It's very hard to feel connected to any character in this story because their dialogue is so entirely tin-eared, as if written by someone who'd never had an actual conversation with anyone under the age of thirty, but Shaun was particularly bad - every line uttered made me wince, and throughout the book I kept hoping he would be killed.


    Any additional comments?

    The author managed to take a concept as instantly compelling as a zombie apocalypse, and make it brain-suckingly dull. Characters are one-dimensional, and the story is thin & predictable while generating little real tension. Additionally, the author is obsessed with relaying unnecessary details repetitively and toward little dramatic impact. For example, people in her ravaged landscape have to get blood tests to check that they aren't about to become flesh-consuming monsters. The author finds it necessary to relate to us about when and how these tests are conducted on the main characters, even though it's clear they will always pass the test. There's a sense that nothing's really at stake, and thus it feels procedural and like a waste of time.

    Unless you really are fascinated by the most intricate details of creating blogs and how routine security measures might be conducted in a dangerous world, steer clear.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    zach chester, wv, United States 03-15-13
    zach chester, wv, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Blog Blog Blog"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is an ok story. Its less about zombies then it is about how many times can the word blog and news be thrown into a story. It got interesting towards the end but overall if you are not interested in hearing about reporting, blogs,blogs, blogs , and more blogs skip it.


    Has Feed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    nope


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein ’s performances?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger at wasting a credit


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 01-17-13
    Simone 01-17-13 Member Since 2014

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "I Was Tricked!"

    I had no idea this would be a book about Zombies. Had I known, I would have dropped it like a hot potato!! Zombies, Werewolves and Vampires? PASS. Forget it. Not for me.

    I like science fiction, and based on the synopsis I was expecting a futuristic medical thriller…. HA! Suuuurpriiiiise! Zombies?? Puh-leeeeeze.

    I am SO glad I didn’t know in advance! I am thrilled I was tricked because I really liked the story! Ultimately, it IS a futuristic medical thriller mixed in with journalism and political intrigue; a great read! Instead of being ridiculous, the zombie-element (the idea that Zombieism is due to an infection from a cancer cure gone bad) was a really interesting one… it got me thinking and it did not devolve into stupid gratuitous brain-eating gore.

    Having said that, the zombie-action scenes where NOT my thing and bored me completely; I hate stuff like that, I just find it dumb, but they were so few and far between, they were easy to ignore.

    I’m in for the sequels!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Coos Bay, Or, United States 12-17-12
    Misty Coos Bay, Or, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to books. Audiobooks allow me to have a book on rather then the radio, so much more enjoyable!

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    "Different style of zombie story - very enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Feed again? Why?

    Enjoyable story - interesting take on fighting off the Zombie Apocalypse. I'm not a huge fan of zombie's, but I really liked this one. I think I would catch new details with a second listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Provo, UT, United States 10-07-12
    Scott Provo, UT, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Did not perform as advertised"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are a hardcore Zombie fan, this may be the book for you.


    What was most disappointing about Mira Grant’s story?

    She appeared to do NO research in medical fields, technology, or vehicles, and was VERY bad at hiding it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein ?

    Someone who can pronounce words. Jesse Bernstein was OK, but Paula had issues.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Zombies?


    Any additional comments?

    I don't recommend this to almost anyone. I bought this after my wife saw Mira Grant at the 2011 Reno worldcon hugo awards, and was impressed by her. We bought the trilogy to listen to on the drive from Utah to Chicago for the 2012 worldcon, and were incredibly dissapointed. The charicters are not self consistant, and you are left wanting to simply shoot the male lead and be done with it. The "twist" ending was just nerve grating.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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