I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Feed by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #1
Narrator: Jesse Bernstein, Paula Christensen
Length: 15 Hours 10 Minutes
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. on 2010-05-01
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
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*SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE*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.FEED is the electrifying and critically acclaimed novel of a world a half-step from our own---a novel of geeks, zombies, politics and social media.
We open with the two main characters, Georgia and Shaun Mason, sister and brother, on the run from zombies. This is because Shaun is the type of blogger known as an Irwin, meaning he likes to poke at the zombies with a stick. The opening adrenaline does not stop with the end of the first chapter. Nor does it ever decrescendo. Mmmhmm music terms right there, bizzle. Upon getting home, they find out they have been selected to be a part of Senator Wryman’s campaign trail press corps. What ensues is a book fraught with blood testing kits, peril, and conspiracy.
I’m not sure if this counts as world building, as Feed takes place in the United States, but what emerges from the book is a world somewhat parallel to what we have now, just with zombies of the infected variety. I won’t go into a whole lot of detail, because what makes this book fantastic is letting the world unfold. I will say, although it has been done before, I liked Grant’s take on how people become zombies. I enjoyed seeing how people dealt with the problem. See, the book is set years after the zombie uprising, so it’s not as though it’s all about the downfall of society. Rather, we get a whole lot of political intrigue, mixed with the walking dead.
ALSO. Being somewhat of a cynic, a lot of the time, I think I am able to call the ending of a book, especially if the book is told in first person. With Feed, I was totally wrong. The ending blew me away and I definitely choked up a little bit while driving.
I should probably mention that I listened to an audiobook of Feed. As far as narration went, it was relatively decent. The narrator was female, however, she did male voices in a way that I did not find irritating. I often get irritated when audiobook narrators do a horrid job of voicing the opposite gender. The audio was crisp and clear. I found myself rather engaged. However, as this was an MP3 download from a BEA symtio card, the break down of the MP3s bothered me, as they were like hour long tracks. I myself prefer shorter tracks because I put the audio on my ipod and then turn it on and off in the car. Besides that, no complaints. OH WAIT. Yes, do not listen to this in the car with a snarky boyfriend. When you get out of the car he’ll be all like I think I contracted Kelis-Amberlee and Retinal K.A.