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Feed by Mira Grant


by Mira Grant

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Series: Newsflesh (1)

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    Aerrin99: It may be easy to miss that Seanan McGuire and Mira Grant are the same person - both authorial roles are well worth checking out! She applies her deft skill with world-building and creating characters you adore to both her October Daye urban fantasies and her Newsflesh zombie apocalypse.… (more)
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    Disco_grinch: Book 1.5 for this series.
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    Disco_grinch: Short story for this series.
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    ann.elizabeth: Another fierce female blogging the zombie apocalypse.
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    Disco_grinch: Short story for this series.
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    Disco_grinch: Short story for this series.
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    Disco_grinch: Tie-in for this series.
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    Disco_grinch: Short story for this series.
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    Disco_grinch: Short story for this series.
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I have grown weary of zombies. In the past five years, everyone started writing zombie novels, apparently out of ennui at the thought of writing yet another variation on vampires, and that was good. But the mass of zombie material all seemed to hit the market at the same time, and it was too much, too undiluted, with too many books that weren’t good enough to be worth reading. Soon I was avoiding any book that purported to be about zombies, because, hey, enough already.

So when Mira Grant’s Feed came on the market, I was not inclined to read it, especially because it was published in that really annoying new taller and thinner paperback format — it’s less comfortable in the hand and it doesn’t look good on the bookshelf next to the standard trade and mass market paperbacks. Then Feed turned up on the list of Hugo nominees; and at about the same time, I learned that Mira Grant and Seanan McGuire (who has become one of my favorite writers for her OCTOBER DAYE urban fantasy series) are the same person. Okay, I thought, one more zombie novel. If I don’t like it, I won’t have to read the others in the series.

The first chapter was not encouraging. Georgia, the first-person narrator more commonly known as “George,” is watching from a safe distance as her brother Shaun pokes a zombie with a stick. George isn’t pleased, and becomes less so when a pack of zombies descends on the two of them. They manage a hair-raising escape, seeming to promise that this book will be a tale of insane risk-taking followed by action-packed escape sequences. It would take almost nothing to turn that chapter into the opening scene of a screenplay for a bad movie. I nearly quit reading then and there.

I’m glad I didn’t, because Feed swiftly ascends from this unpromising opening into an excellent tale of life in a post-apocalyptic United States. There is a scientific explanation for zombies, clearly thought out and explained, and integral to the plot. Georgia and Shaun are reporters in this new world, one in which traditional newspapers and news magazines have been largely supplanted by blogs like theirs. These blogs have all of the advantages of the old print media, with reporters spread throughout the world. The technology enables a staff to be close-knit yet widely separated geographically, so Georgia and Shaun have one critical member in India, for instance — someone with whom they communicate daily, and who is essentially second in command to Georgia, but whom neither of them has met in person.

Georgia and Shaun see an opportunity for their blog to rise to the top of the heap when a Republican candidate for president chooses them to follow his campaign. The candidate they are shadowing is the first to include bloggers among his entourage, and all of them are feeling their way into this relationship. But events conspire to bring them closer than reporter and candidate normally are; and yet Georgia and Shaun are so imbued with journalistic ethics that they retain their political skepticism even while losing their emotional distance. That their first loyalty is to the truth becomes highly critical as time goes on.

There is so much wonderful detail about life with zombies: frequent blood tests, for instance, to make sure that an individual is not infected with the virus that converts one to a zombie before one is allowed to enter a public, or even a private, space; the arming of the nation out of dire necessity; the status of large animals in a world where the zombie virus can infect them, too; the uneasiness of people meeting in large groups. Grant does some first-rate worldbuilding. The amount of research that has to have gone into this book is amazing: politics, journalism, medicine, weapons, computer technology, epidemiology, all the way down to railroad trestles, this book is loaded with information. Yet Grant never makes the reader feel that she is dumping all the information she has on a subject just because she did the research; everything she writes is necessary to her plot, and it all fits together like the most intricate and exacting of puzzles.

Where Grant really shines, though, is in her characters. George becomes a very real person to the reader: a friend; a confidant; a strong woman who knows her own mind, who has risen to the top of her profession through lots of hard work and difficult honesty; a woman faithful to her brother, her friends and her coworkers, but willing and able to shoot them dead should they become infected with the virus. She refuses to be a victim of the world as she finds it, but confronts it head on. She is the kind of woman anyone would like to have at her back in bad times. She is not without her faults, her inability to connect deeply with anyone except her brother chief among them. She is a complete person, and one with whom the reader can easily and happily spend 500 pages.

Feed is compulsively readable and emotionally compelling. I became so involved in the book that at one point I was forced to set it down while I cried at the events George narrates. I want to meet these characters, and I want more than just about anything right now to know what happens next.

Originally published at http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/feed-2/. ( )
  TerryWeyna | Apr 21, 2019 |
I almost gave up on this after 100 pages, it just wasn't grabbing me but then around page 150 it started getting really good. This is marketed at sci'fi, but it's not really and the cover makes it seem like horror, but it's not really, yes it has zombies but they are in the background. Bascially if you take out the zombies and the teen characters, it a political thriller like John Grisham would write. ( )
  phollis68 | Apr 9, 2019 |
Brilliant and addictive. ( )
  KateSavage | Mar 29, 2019 |
Feed takes place in a world where Zombies are the reality and have fractured society but it isn't a Zombie story. That is, the main goal is not to survive the outbreak or to defeat the Zombies. The fact that zombies exist just sets the framework for the world of the story, and the rules of how zombies work don't bear too much scrutiny. The main story is about a bunch of journalist following a political campaign that involves murder, terrorism, assassination, all the things you expect from a political campaign.

The hero journalists are actually bloggers. Specifically a trio of a Newsie, an Irwin, and a Fictional who actually lead whole groups of similar bloggers that is their new business, After the End Times. Newsies are fairly self explanator, as are Fictionals. For Irwins, think Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin. It is worth remembering that the book was written in 2010. Steve Irwin was only 4 years dead, the 2016 US Presidential campaign, Facebook/Cambridge Analytica, Russian manipulation of social media, all hadn't happened yet. So in the world of Feed when the Zombie outbreak happened, the old media didn't believe it, withheld information, and covered it up until millions were dead. Some of them were so obsessed with getting "a scoop" that they even pushed a viewpoint that probably helped create the zombie virus in the first place. The *bloggers* on the other hand were telling the truth, getting information out, and saving lives. Their highest goal is to Tell The Truth (even the fictionals???) at any cost. And apparently you have to have all three types to run a successful new/media/blogging business. The Newsies actually report the news, and just like the networks, the occasional sensational scoop aside, they don't bring the money, they bring the prestige. The Irwins go around thrill seeking, "poking dead things with a stick", filming it, narrating it as dramatically as possible and generally being entertaining. The Fictionals bring...endless fan faction? Love poems? I'm not actually sure, because even though any good blog site absolutely must have them they are completely irrelevant to the entire plot. The only reason the head Fictional blogger is even in most of the novel is because she is also the tech genius that makes all the techno-babble video, communications, networking, and hardware happen.

Why is a review of a fairly long novel about a political campaign, intrigue, assassination and terrorism focused on the weird way that blogging sites are organized? Because the bloggers are the heroes, the Edward R Murrow, the Woodward and Bernstein, maybe the Julian Assange, and also the Jane Tennyson and Phillip Marlowe of the post-zombie world. They will seek truth, tell truth to power, and by doing so find justice and honor. Reasonable politicians will befriend and respect them for their integrity. Government agencies will give them little assists to help the truth come out. And maybe when it was written that wasn't a ridiculously far-fetched idea.

Obviously, that bothered me about the novel. But it was still a page-turner of a political thriller. Its obvious to the reader a bit earlier to the reader than to the characters that something is rotten, and the main bad-guy is pretty obvious. But there were some character turns that were still a bit surprising. The story is compelling enough that I kept reading through the dull and repetitive bits, and generally enjoyed it.

It could have been shorter without the endlessly repetitive detailed descriptions of zombie-virus-testing, which did nothing to build tension ever. Or the forays into adoptive-parent issues of the main characters. Or the number of times that the high-minded goals of the modern blogger/journalist aspires to and how that must be combined with weapons certifications and survival skills in a zombie-filled world. Probably 1/3 of the book could be removed if all of that repetitive or unneeded information was simply gone.

All in all, fairly entertaining, not very surprising, and not really about zombies. Read if you like a standard political thriller in a different setting. ( )
  grizzly.anderson | Feb 10, 2019 |
This book was really good! It really was book about blogging/news and politics but with zombies on the side. basically how would the world look like if there were zombies and what the news would be like as well. pretty interesting! There's really some great action scenes and some twists that I didn't expect! ( )
  StarKnits | Feb 6, 2019 |
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Set more than two decades after an uprising of the living dead, Feed uses meticulous world-building to shape a narrative that’s believable, thrilling, and instantly clear.
added by Aerrin99 | editA.V. Club, Zack Handlen (May 13, 2010)
Shunning misogynistic horror tropes in favor of genuine drama and pure creepiness, McGuire has crafted a masterpiece of suspense with engaging, appealing characters who conduct a soul-shredding examination of what's true and what's reported.
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Our story opens where countless stories have ended in the last twenty-six years: with an idiot - in this case, my brother Shaun - deciding it would be a good idea to go out and poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens.
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Wir haben den Krebs besiegt und den Schnupfen ausgerottet. Aber dabei haben wir etwas Grauenhaftes erschaffen, das nicht aufzuhalten ist: ein Virus, das die Toten wiederauferstehen lässt.
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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, twenty 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.

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"The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had 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, twenty 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 [come] out, even if it kills them."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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