Review: Feed by Mira Grant

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Oh my gosh, I have too many words and not enough words for Feed. Feed is a zombie-infested, heartstring-tugging, horror-filled piece of work that had me ready to tear out my hair half way through and shedding a few tears by the end. So many feels in this book, guys!! I’m putting this on my do-not-reread-or-else-my-heart-will-break list, I’m that torn up. And I don’t usually read horror, but Mira Grant (or Seanan McGuire) has got me wrapped around her finger and I don’t want to but want to read the rest of the Newsflesh Trilogy.

Marburg Amberlee was a miracle, just like the Kellis cure, and together they were primed to change the course of the human race. Together, that’s what they did. No one gets cancer or colds anymore. The only issue is the walking dead.

Siblings Georgia (George) and Shaun Mason are licensed bloggers in California blogging about zombies. It’s 2039, twenty-five years after the Rising in which viruses that cured cancer and the common cold mixed to form a zombie-maker; dead humans and animals over forty pounds are reanimated and feed off of the living, creating a never-ending stream of zombies all over the world. Bloggers, the first people to shed light on this catastrophe, have risen to celebrity status, and George and Shaun, like many others, live off of high ratings and market shares. When they find out that they’ve been invited to join Republican presidential candidate Peter Ryman on his campaign trail, they’re ecstatic: this could make or break their blogging careers. However, a conspiracy is growing, and the Masons and their friends have to put their lives on the line for the biggest news they’ve ever encountered.

Feed is told from George’s perspective, and rightly so: she’s a Newsie – a blogger who writes about the facts rather than opinions – so the narrative is very neutral and straight to the point. The protagonists are very likable because they all have strong, diverging personalities that complement each other well. I also liked the relationship between George and Shaun as well as the one between them and their parents because it cemented the new ideals in Grant’s post-apocalyptic world that go against the normal sibling and familial relationships seen in today’s society.

And the plot is so INTENSE. I mean, the story begins with Shaun poking a zombie with a hockey stick, so how can it get any better, right? Wrong. Grant incorporates so many elements in writing to make Feed into a great story – there are some points taken from non-fiction, where a bit of history on what happened in 2014 is thrown in every now and then; there are cool pieces of new and shiny science fiction technology; there’s a quick-and-dirty version of politics; and there are snippets of blog posts throughout each chapter. Add that to the conspiracy and the many close calls that the Masons encounter, and it’s kind of like a long roller-coaster ride through a haunted house. I didn’t see the ending coming, and even thinking about it now makes me want to cry. I don’t know how I can go on.

So that’s it: lots of zombies, cool technology, conspiracies and polities, celebrity bloggers and sibling love. Oh, and THE FEELS. I think this is also my first zombie book, so maybe more feels because of that? But still, this is one of those stories that bring out so many emotions that it might be secretly a drug. #bookdrug? If you like zombies, conspiracies, and post-apocalyptic adventures, read Feed. No, seriously, do it. And then come back and tell me you didn’t cry like a baby.

Have you read Feed? Do you like zombie books? If so, are there any others that you’d recommend?

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