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
I thought this was a clever spin on a Zombie Apocalypse story. I got involved with the characters and cared about them. The book is set some 35 years in the future, and the computer technology as described is not all that different from what we use now. That's not a terrible assumption, I guess. Like most fiction that involves computers, the computer techs in the story are able to perform tasks much faster than I consider realistic. I generally liked the writing and thought the dialog seemed authentic, and I particularly liked the blog entries at the beginning of each chapter. However, I found a couple of plot twists to be very distressing as a reader/listener, and I'm not completely sure I want to read or listen to the next book even though I have it queued up. That said, I found the writing about these plot points fairly moving, which is unusual for me. Ms. Grant is a brave writer. I have to say that I thought the idea of a liberal Republican presidential candidate was more unrealistic than her portrayal of certain types of religious zealots.
I wasn't too pleased with this in the beginning - the parents were so ridiculous and there was so much anger I was kind of turned off. But I decided to keep going and I'm glad I did. Sure, the book has its flaws, but I was won over. The narrator grew on me until she became George, the story with its mix of technology, journalism and horror really worked. It's a good listen if you're feeling geeky and I loved a late development I didn't expect. Immediately got the second in the series - the flaws ended up not mattering much and I couldn't wait to learn what happened next.
I'm a voracious audiobibliophile, mainly interested in speculative fiction, with the occasional mimetic fiction or non-fiction title sneaking in.
Too much of the world just doesn't stand up if you zoom out and try to get all the pieces to fit together, but there was plenty to enjoy here. I don't think I'll be picking up Book 2, which is partly negative because I didn't absolutely love the book, but partly positive in that this book has a definitive and solid ending -- it's not "part 1 of 3" to the point where you're left with a pile of unanswered questions and unclosed plotlines. Some excellent things here: loved the idea of the "Irwins" (named for Steve Irwin) who go do stupid things to zombies on film; liked the website and blog ratings tracking, and the way the website and its blogs were maintained and approached; loved, loved the brother-sister dynamic here. However, while there were some surprises both small and large, there was much to be found both predictable and at times awkward from the midway point forward.
Unfortunately, I bought the book. A bi-polar protagonist, a story that gives more emphasis to blogging than zombies, and a sibling relationship that's always teetering on the brink of belonging in the Ozarks. Save your credit and go with "Day by Day Apocalypse"...that's a much more enjoyable book.
The idea of this novel was cool. It's a zombie story, but the zombies are more of a prop/weapon rather than the antagonists themselves. It has some amusing pop culture references, most of which will probably stand the test of time because they reference fairly classic figures.
Now the down sides, annoying first. The author repeats the same descriptions/phrases constantly. Sean likes to poke undead things with sticks, I get it, can we move on now? Georgia has an eye condition that constantly intrudes on the narrative, but doesn't actually contribute anything to the story. Georgia and Sean have a disturbingly close relationship for a brother and sister that is never really explained beyond, they're adopted and their parents are narcissistic jerks. And one of the institutional villains of the story so cliched as to be embarrassing, and isn't even given a motivation.
Now the part that really bugged me. All of the characters are stereotypes. Big, dumb and likeable. Terse, stoic soldier with a dry sense of humor. The wildly popular Republican candidate, who is popular because he adopts the Democratic position on all major issues. And, of course, the intolerant, bigoted, crazy Christians who would rather shoot a sinner than tell them about Christ. Strangely enough, the only ones who aren't stereotyped are the mindless, flesh-eating zombies!
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and reasonable people can view the same facts and draw different conclusions. Unfortunately, this author appears to believe that anyone who does not agree with her position is not simply wrong, but evil. Seeing as I disagree with her positions, I found it tiresome that I was essentially being told I was a bad person throughout the book.
As I said, the book has an intriguing concept, and some enjoyable points. But the author needs to learn subtlety in making her points, so that those who don't share her views can still enjoy her books.
This book is very intriguing at most. The concepts of life in a post apocalyptic internet rich world of zombies are very cool. Being a blogger so to speak myself, I thought the mix of how technology and the internet works today carried over very well in relation to how things work in the book. But I found this book hard at time's to listen to. The constant over analization and self reflection gets annoying. For all the little bits and pieces you get of actual action and scenes playing out in the book, you get 25 minutes of drawn out explanations of self reflection and in depth description of characters and their relations to the main character. The overall picture you get of the world is great, but there was time's I felt pulled out of the book to think about things and speculate about them but when you dive back in to the action you're like, wait, what? I forgot what was going on exactly. It takes forever to get going, and when it does, it's pretty drawn out. Maybe I'm just too impatient. I found myself liking the other supporting characters more then the main character. I'm glad I read the whole book, but if you had to ask me to read it again or something similar, I would turn it down. First book in a while I've had to work to get through. It's a relatively short listen, but it felt much longer then actual longer books. I feel like if the overlying story was more exciting I would have been more into all of the contemplation and narrative opinions and speculation the main character has about everything that goes on in her world. I feel like the setting was layed out perfect but the execution wasn't up to par.
this is possibly the worst book ever written, I wonder if the narrator and author are related to someone at audible? the narrator doesnt have a lisp poor thing just cant pronounce sss , the relationship between the brother and sister is wierd they are allways naked in each others company and bragging about how they dont date , the whole story just has too much badness thats all its just bad .. really bad while it wasnt narrated by john lee , if it were then it would be the worst story I have ever paid to listen to sounds like it was written by a dude pretending to be a girl pretending to be a guy writing as a girl. and the premise is full of gaping holes.. and the tech part is all wrong , and furthermore isnt a micron a unit of distance? because the author uses it as aunit of volume and it bothered me. dont let audible put this book on your ipod for free if they ask. hated it.
I am annoyed because I paid for this book, but I cannot bring myself to finish it. The plot is weak, the dialog is contrived and the depiction of a zombie holocaust is not original in any way. I should add that the author's main point appears to be to 'the importance of bloggers to a free society.' However, despite her passion for the idea of an independent, grassroots media, her ideas about blogging are far from revolutionary - honestly they were old five years ago, and this novel reads like a ten year old article from Wired.
I should add that, despite the lousy text, the reader of this book is very good. She does have a lisp, but she is brave to have taken on a project like this and I felt that she did a great job reading the story, at least the part of it that I could stand to listen to.
I almost didn't get this book based on previous reviews. I'm glad I decided to anyway. Fast action and a good story to back it up. Regardless of what others said, I thought the ending was excellent. I also liked the tribute to Steve Irwin—Crikey!
When I first started listening to it there were alot of terms used that have been used in other zombie books etc so I didn't expect much. Kept listening however and began to get totally "attatched" to the characters and couldn't get enough of the book. Not your typical zombie book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE! I can't wait for the 2nd book! I really hope someone someday decides to make a movie out of this book, if so, I will definately go see it. Bravo to the author and narrator.
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