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by Mira Grant
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Just...whoa. Quality world-building, great action, realistic characters, some fun pop culture digs. George Romero as national hero? Truly excellent stuff. I would have liked more zombies and less politics, but I think overall, it struck a good balance between "serious thoughts on the socio-political ramifications of the zombie apocalypse" and "holy shit, zombies, run!". It's a little exposition heavy, especially towards the beginning, but this is a hazard of SFF in general.
The ending is a risky, risky choice but is probably why I knocked my 4.5 stars up to five instead of down to 4. I bought this book at a $1.99 promotional price and when I finished it, I immediately purchased the next book, Deadline, and paid close to MMPB price, something I generally avoid with e-books. I guess promo pricing works, huh?
I liked the story and the characters of this book. I actually was surprised by a few of the people that left in the book, but the bad guy I figured out early on. I am not sure if I am going to read the next book or not because I felt like this book ended nicely, but I might check it out.
Yes, I reread this during the covid-19 lockdown. No I'm not insane, I was curious if my memories of the security measures from the book were accurate and how they compared to proposals for today.
I recommend reading this book now for the same reason so many people are watching the movie Contagion. The political and virus parallels are rather astounding.
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.
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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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. Nor, 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.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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George and her brother Shaun run one of the many blogs that have become the major news source for most people since the Kellis-Amberlee virus changed the world forever. George deals with politics, Shaun with action, happiest when he is poking a zombie with a stick. Their friend Buffy takes care of fiction. The three of them have applied to shadow the campaign of Senator Peter Ryman as he prepares to run for president, hoping to get unprecedented access for a blog. When they actually get the gig, they know that they have hit the jackpot. But then things start to go wrong on the campaign trail and George is sure that there is something bigger going on.
If you ever thought, "West Wing would be so awesome, if only it had zombies", I have excellent news for you. Feed gives you just that: a zombie story set up to explore politics in a really interesting, and very gripping way. Also, it made me cry.
Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2023/02/27/feed-mira-grant/ ( )