Author: Mira Grant
Genre: Science Fiction / Horror
Publisher: Orbit Books
Publication Date: May 2010
Series/Standalone: Book 1 in the Newsflesh Trilogy
Cover Artist: Lauren Panepinto
Who/What/Why/Where/How: We had it on our shelves for way too long and decided it was time for some zombie goodness.
“Alive or dead, the truth won’t rest. My name is Georgia Mason, and I am begging you. Rise up while you can.”
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 Mason 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.
Before we get started I just want to warn you in advance that a ton of fan girling is about to ensue. Also, we haven’t really gone into too much of the background of the book because A) it’s been out for a while and B) it’s kind of complex. So I’m giving you a real brief cliff notes version of the synopsis. This story takes place 20 years after the Rising (aka the zombie apocalypse) and is about a blog team that gets to follow a presidential candidate on the election trail. Shit goes down and all hell breaks loose. So now that that’s out of the way let the gushing commence in 3…2…1…
Rain Maiden: So I couldn't wait to talk to you about Feed. It's been a long time since I've read a story that had my pulse rate going. I stayed up so late reading this that my eyes started messing with me but, I didn't want to stop once the ball got rolling. Feed is so much more than a zombie story. Feed had a mix of sci-fi and horror all wrapped around a political conspiracy that was served medium rare. I even shed some tears...or maybe that was dust. If I ever read this book again, I'll have to have a paper bag next to me to breathe in. So do tell Jen, what was it about this book that blew your mind?
Jen D: Have I ever told you that you have a way with words? Because you totally do. The ENTIRE book blew my mind. I finished on Saturday morning and I'm STILL thinking about it. I loved all of it. The characters, the world building, the plot, even the tiny details. OMG did I love the tiny ass details! If you haven't already guessed, this is going to be a total fan girl review from me, hence my initial warning. I bow down to Mira Grant. *Ahem* Anywhoozle, let's talk characters. Not only did I love the main characters but, I loved all the supporting characters as well. And the ones I didn't love I absolutely hated. Which sounds like it would be bad but, if you make me feel that much dislike for a character then it's a good thing because the author is doing something very, very right. I love Georgia and Shaun Mason to pieces. PIECES! They're relationship reminded me so much of the one I have with my sister. Minus the whole zombie apocalypse thing and the whole we’re both girls deal. Everyone was so fleshed out that you got a real sense of what everyone’s deal was. How about you Jen? Who were some of your faves?
Rain Maiden: I loved Georgia and Shaun too. I loved that they were doing what they loved—getting the truth out. I liked that Georgia had a fondness for Coke and Shaun had a fondness for wanting to go out and poke a zombie with a stick. I wasn’t sure about Rick joining the team, but he grew on me. One of my favorite scenes was when Georgia hired Rick.
I smiled. "You get to stay with us until the bitter end, or until I fire your ass, whichever comes first."
"Acceptable." He held out his hand.
I shook it. "Welcome to After the End Times."
Shaun clapped him on the back before he had a chance to let go. "More testosterone on the field team! My man! What do you think about poking dead things with sticks?"
"It's a good way to get ratings and commit suicide at the same time," Rick said. (pg. 238)
Mira Grant had me caring about and attached to her characters right off the bat. That made the story really good and really heartbreaking at the same time. There were times when the tech/computer /blog stuff was a bit over my head, but that was very minor. Feed had me holding my breath while the team tried to get down to the truth about the funky business happening to Senator Ryman's campaign. I bet you loved all the technical stuff? Admit it! Any favorite scenes or lines?
Jen D.: LOL! Of course I loved all the technical stuff. It was right up my alley. What was crazy to me was that I was really enjoying the political stuff just as much. I typically avoid all things politics so the fact that Ms. Grant based her story on bloggers following a political campaign and managed to still have me reading totally blows my mind. I have a TON of favorite lines. One of them being:
Our story begins 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. (pg. 5)
If that line (which coincidentally is the opening line of the story) doesn't immediately make you want to read more then I don't know what to tell ya. What other aspects of the story did you find intriguing?
Rain Maiden: What was intriguing was that I got a real sense that this could possibly be our future. The bad guys you love to hate were intriguing too. I had my head turning one way then another trying to figure out who was the mastermind behind all the things happening to the team. I was shocked to discover the nut job behind it all. I have a feeling there is more to the story in book two, Deadline. Speaking of which, I wish my copy was here right now. It's hard to start another book when I'm still craving more of Feed. I need to send a copy to my brother who reads horror, he'll eat this book up. No pun intended.
Jen D.: OMG me too! I could totally see how something as innocent as the cure for the common cold could end up going horribly wrong and bringing on the zombie apocalypse. It was such a...smart story. I don't know if that even makes sense. I kind of had a sneaking suspicion that it might have been you know who behind you know what but it still managed to shock me when all was revealed. You're going to hate me for saying this but, I have Deadline sitting on the shelf. *ducks behind desk*
Rain Maiden: If you enjoy zombie reads then you definitely don't want to miss Feed. Let's hope our next round of books are this good. That's all folks.
Jen D.: Couldn’t agree with you more. *crosses fingers and hopes Feed doesn’t set the bar so high the we end up crashing and burning* Thanks for sticking with us. Hope we’ve been able to convince you to give this awesome book a try.
Favorite Lines / Scenes:
“You’re always writing, unless you’re reading, screwing with something mechanical, or masturbating.” (pg. 55)
“Speak English at this table or I will fire you so fast you’ll wind up standing at the airport wondering how the hell you got from here to there without any goddamn pants on,” the senator snapped. (pg. 169)
“S’up, the house?” Shaun replied, removing his shoes and tossing them into the outdoor cleaning unit before he walked inside, hollering, “Hey, ‘rents! We’re home!” Our parents hate being called “’rents.” I’m pretty sure that’s why he does it. (pg. 36)
Who would we recommend this book to?:
Jen D.: I'd recommend this to anyone who damn good book to read.
Rain Maiden: I’d recommend Feed to anyone who enjoys science fiction, horror, urban fantasy and of course ZOMBIES!
Countdown (Novella set in the Newsflesh universe prior to the Rising)
Blackout (May 2012)