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 only listened because of the Hugo nomination. I, for one, resent our new zombie overlords. But this really wasn't a zombie book, more of a "humans can adapt to anything, and still be bastards" kind of book. Fun to read, thought-provoking, and, to my surprise, with an emotional punch that had me mourning at one point in the book, really grieving for a character. Impressive.
As a zombie horror fan I liked the new (to me) way the perspective was presented from the intentionally different character views - newsie, irwin, fictional - and I thought it was a good mechanism for adding depth to what could have been a limited and boring narrative. The matter of fact way horrors are considered and dealt with as just part of life, the personality traits that led each character toward their own views, right down to seeing and accepting the flaws of those around us. You and I don't have to agree, and in a world where you're perpetually on the edge of extinction you and I are all we have, that seemed to be a strong under current not only in the brother/sister relationship yet in their dealings with others. And I took the 'Christian bashing' another reviewer noted as being a portrayal of the religious zealotry too common in today's news, politics and cultures, and the cost we pay for it. Questioning God? Who except the same zealots hasn't at some point, Ms. Grant conveyed to me a character that was searching for answers, holding to hope in a hopeless world, doing the right thing because its the right thing even within that abyss of doubting whether its all worth it or if there's anything beyond.
I guess I just read/heard more depth, more nuance than some, or my imagination filled in the blanks created from her words - and isn't that what's supposed to happen?
I almost didn't get this book because of a few reviews. First, that the dialogue was unbelievable & forced and Second, that it was Anti-Christian. Neither of these are true. The dialogue is intelligent and not at all forced. Maybe the reviewer doesn't know anyone who speaks this way, but I do.
As for it being anti-Christian. This isn't true. It's anti-extremist! The bad guy is someone who uses his misinterpretation of religion as a justification do horrendous things. It in no way protrays all religion or Christians as bad, evil, or misguided.
That being said, this isn't your typical Zombie book. The Zombies are very much a side story. It takes place 20+ years after the initial outbreak and is a picture of what society would be like with this constant threat. I found it highly enjoyable, but probably not for the person who wants nonstop zombie action.
At first I was disapointed to find out it was a "zombie"book.I dont usually like such books. But this one was different,well writen with lots of action.But it is a well thought out story that includes politics,medical,spys and the internet. It is a different kind of book.I thought the narration was fine.I didnt notice a lisp.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
This very clever title blends modern journalism with a rather new setting. The subject zombies (seemingly silly at first) is dealt with with a fair deal of sophistication. The author manages to make them seem a real scientific possibility. (Rabies, for example, turns lesser mammals into biting drooling aggressive creatures in order for the virus to spread itself. (Although the author herself would have done well to have mentioned that.)
While the story is entertaining it is not perfect. For example. A reader may tire of the seemingly endless security precautions on every single page including blood tests described in painfully excruciating and repetitive detail. They should have been edited out. (That's why it's a 15 hour book.)
While I'm glad the book was far more sophisticated than just the video game carnage fest it might have been... after a while a bit of of gratuitous violence might have been a refreshing change from focus on the technology of keeping up video "feeds" to the Internet.
The narration is spot on. The sophisticated tone of the sister contrasts well with her smart mouth brother. Both narrators are pitch perfect. They really add to the writing.
All-in-all a fairly entertaining 15 hours. But not quite a classic. (You know the writing can be improved when the writer allows one's mind time to consider better and different directions for the plot and its devices.)
This is a very fun book, in the old timey zombie-as-metaphor style. The book is clever, the main characters are likable, and the primary reader is both energetic, emotive, and able to portray many different characters effectively. I don't know why they bothered to hire a second reader for the two or three small paragraphs he ended up reading, but from his admittedly brief appearances, he's not bad either.
This is a very interesting, and very unsettling, take on the zombie mythos. It represents a look into a world where threat is ongoing, and while it doesn't offer much in the way of scares, the constant grinding paranoia of everyone in the book (you must take blood tests to go inside, you must take blood tests to go outside, you must take blood tests to enter different parts of buildings etc. etc. etc.) actually increases the tension as the book continues. You realize the lengths that people have gone through to protect themselves, and ultimately, how useless they all are.
Many zombie stories end up being pretty silly, but this one, both as a critique of fear-culture, and as a story in its own right, is something very interesting, and very worthwhile.
If you're interested in either blogging, or zombies, or what happens when you mix the two of them together and shake vigorously, give this book a read.
I would like to thank everyone who was disappointed that this was not really a zombie story. I was not going to buy it until I read the reviews. Your disappointment gave me the encouragement I needed to take a chance on it. It was a great listen. I love the author's October Daye stories and this was just as good. She is a hard hitting story teller, and the idealism is a nice change not usually found in a distopian worlds. I don't want to provide any spoilers, but I will say none of my predictions for the conclusion was correct.
As for the reader's slight lisp, it helped make the characters more real for me.
I look forward to the next book, though I know I will have to steel myself to listen to it because of the emotional intensity.
Writing varies from monotonous to pretty good. Seems like the author spent a lot more time on some scenes than others. The "...and then a few weeks passed" plot device is used with astonishing frequency. Able to keep your interest til the end even if it doesn't blow you away.
Saw another review that described it as "porn for bloggers" which I think is a fairly apt statement. Defiantly a little over the top in the blogger power fantasy department, especially near the beginning.
The suspense is quite real in some areas, but not all the time. So much of the foreshadowing of the book is so blatant that you're rarely (if ever) ever completely surprised.
The narration is absolutely awful. While the main narrators speech impediment didn't bother me as much as it did some reviewers, the accents she attempts for some of the characters sound so much like someone doing a satire that it breaks any atmosphere or suspense. Also, if you have two narrators, you can have them both doing all the characters, it's confusing, especially when both attempt accents and fail terribly, but fail terribly in very different ways so one character has about seven different voices.
If you can get past the narration issues, you could do a lot worse in a novel. I don't think it's going to make any critical acclaim, but it's not bad. If bad narration bothers you, maybe pick up a text version.
For those of you thinking of purchasing this book as a good zombie thriller or entertaining read - pass. It's more about a regular Joe senator being followed around by three bloggers on the campaign trail. The author is trying for a new angle on a zombie thriller but falls short. All the in depth detail about life after the "uprising" is ridiculous. I don't buy it. Zombies & zombie animals running around and life pretty much goes on in comfy houses, people working, government intact. I say Bull^%$$. I LOVE a good post apocalyptic /zombie book and this just isn't this. It is more of a political statement. Author tries too hard. Not enough action. I'm 6 hrs in and there's been one zombie attack & one "encounter" with the lead characters. That's it. The narrator's raspy voice is annoying in and she really doesn't do that great of a job except on Georgia the lead character and the airhead Buffy. Every one else falls flat..............I'm stopping now just can't finish - I pass - Next.
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.
"A book for teenagers."
I had hoped this book would be gripping with scary bits.
After listening to this book for about two hours I stopped it and preferred to sit in silence on my commute to work.
It seemed like listening to Buffy the Vampire Slayer or a teenage girls adventure.
I tried sticking with it, and I'm sure it gets better but it just wasn't my thing.
The author of this book basicly attempts to mesh together political intrigue with an undead scenario. The final result is a predictable, unengaging story of what can only be discribed as dull. It's attempts to garner the feel of sociopolitical intrigue fails quite miserably and ultimately leads to a dull cascade of cookie cutter events to a backdrop of a near miss undead apocalypse.
Complete tosh. I tried to stick at this audio book (grimacing all the way) and could not. Survive about tree quarters of it. If you can best that then you win!! The Americans should uses this book at guantanamo bay to soften up the terrorist. Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1 I hope this doesn't imply there is a 2nd and 3rd one the way. Mira Grant please don't haven't you done enough.
"THE best zombie trilogy ever!!!!"
Loved it!!! Now where are the next two books, Audible??? You are letting the side down. more Sean and Georgia Mason please
"A great mixture of politics, zombies and blogging"
All round great listen, with mystery and suspense. It has a gripping story line and it makes you want to listen more and more. The only bad thing is, it may has a little bit too much swearing for some audience, but that is my opinion.
"Zombies in the news"
I'm a fan of zombie books, and very much enjoyed this one. Being written from the point of view of the press, rather than some hapless survivor being constantly chased by the undead was a nice change of pace.
The characters were well read and interesting.
Great for Zombie fans, but don't expect to much chasing and shooting.
"Journalism after the zombie rising"
This is one of those titles I added to the wishlist and then forgot why. I almost removed it but I am very pleased I did not. I did find the accents slightly irritating (perhaps a personal foible) but the story and characters make up for them.
The story is primarily that of political intrigue/conspiracy in a US Presidential election and more particularly a group of young journalists covering, or uncovering, it. That it is set in world where zombies now exist gives it an extra dimension.
I will certainly be looking out for the next book in the series.
"Not your typical zombie apocalupse."
These days, novels of the zombie apocalypse are a-dime-a-dozen. This novel stands out due to its somewhat unusual premise: we survived the zombie apocalypse, civilisation intact. The original rising occurred 20 years ago (the novel is set in 2040ish), and although humanity survived, zombies continue to provide a threat to daily life. Coming from a scientific background, I was fascinated by the exposition of the virology, the various syndromes that survivors suffered: live virus sequestered in your eyeballs, for a start. The politics of the book also provide a variety of solutions to the novel dangers, moose bites as an example.
I felt the characters were distinct and believable, and although the plot was a little thin in places, the constant inventiveness more than made up for it. I am greatly looking forward to the second installment in the series.
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