In 2014, you can no longer get sick. Unfortunately, everyone is infected with a zombie virus. While that is horrible enough, could there be more?
Author: Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire)
Narrators: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
ISBN: 0316081051 (ISBN13: 9780316081054)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction-> Dystopia
Series? Yes; Newsflesh Trilogy
First Publication Date: May 1st 2010 (559 pages)
Available Formats on Amazon:
- e-book $7.99
- Paperback $12.66
- Mass Market Paperback $8.87
- audiobook available through audible
Why I chose this book:
Towards the end of October I was in the mood to read some horrors, a genre I lack in. I picked this one because of the way people become zombies. I also listened to the audiobook because the narrator voice wasn’t too bad and I needed something to listen to while cleaning.
The way the zombie virus is written is quite interesting, the bloggers being the news is outstanding, I thought, and the ending is very shocking.
In 2014 scientists found the cure to the common cold and were fairly certain on the cure to cancer. What seemed like a great step for humankind, ended up failing… greatly. Now the dead are turned into zombies and people can spontaneous turn into zombies if the zombie virus that now lives inside everyone get too high.
Twenty years after the Rising, many things have changed. There are more precautions regarding the spread of the virus and regular news sources aren’t trusted. Bloggers and siblings Georgina and Shaun have just won the right to follow the story which will launch their careers: following a presidential candidate on the campaign trail. As the first bloggers to do this, it is a huge step for them.
Along the way, things start going wrong. Zombie outbreaks are happening and endangering them in places that shouldn’t be happening. What starts of as a crazy notion of someone sabotaging the campaign becomes even more sinister as new evidence comes to light. Will Shaun and Georgina get to the heart of the issue or will they die in the process?
I have not cried so much while reading a book in years. This book sucks you in, making your pulse race as zombies break through barricades and the mystery slowly enfolds. The writing is so gripping and entertaining, making the book hard to put down. While the pacing is not fast-paced, the action moments bring the reader back into the story.
I did listen to about the first 30% of the book. There are two narrators, one for each sibling, but since most of the book is told from Georgia’s point of view, most of the book is that narrator. I felt she did a good job voicing Georgia and getting her personality across while making Shaun sounds almost too stereotypically like a surfer dude. I thought Shaun’s narrator was also really good at expressing his character, although I did not hear much from him.
The story is much more political than the book synopsis may lead one to believe. Besides that surprise, the book had very good flow. Even the politics became interesting. I was more interested in the political campaign in the book than I have ever been in real life. The inclusion of every day problems (abortion, etc.) along with how to deal with zombies was almost surreal.
The main characters in the book are Georgia and Shaun with Buffy being almost to the main character point. All three were quite different with no chance of being confused. It helps that they all had different types of jobs (Newsie, Irwin, and Fictional). I will say that Shaun’s character seemed to change from the first chapter, slightly, which was weird. Even the side characters were very distinguishable, expect for the security guards who I sometimes got confused with.
Other Reviews from Amazon:
Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. Urban fantasist Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue) picks up a new pen name for this gripping, thrilling, and brutal depiction of a postapocalyptic 2039. Twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason and their colleague Buffy are thrilled when Sen. Peter Ryman, the first presidential candidate to come of age since social media saved the world from a virus that reanimates the dead, invites them to cover his campaign. Then an event is attacked by zombies, and Ryman’s daughter is killed. As the bloggers wield the newfound power of new media, they tangle with the CDC, a scheming vice presidential candidate, and mysterious conspirators who want more than the Oval Office. 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.
Bookmarks Magazine:While the past few years have seen no shortage of new takes on the zombie genre, critics thought that Feed broke away from the shuffling horde. They appreciated the care Grant took in building a detailed world, noting how she infused originality into genre elements like the vaccine gone bad. Some reviewers criticized this extensive exposition, and while none of them were ever bored by the world Grant describes, they questioned whether it was realistic for her characters to have such excellent recall of the apocalypse. Nevertheless, critics recommended Feed as a title that should entertain even those who are not normally fans of the SF or horror genre. Stay tuned for the second in the Newsflesh series, Blackout.
Zombies, bloggers, campaign, conspiracy, action-paced, fast-paced, suspenseful
This is a great book for people trying wanting to dive into a complex and suspenseful read.
“Clues for the Future”
Zombies, bloggers on the road, different times of bloggers, conspiracy,
- Quality: 4★
Sometimes the political aspect of the book did seem to overpower the horror of the book.
- Popularity: 4★
People may not know of this book, but I think I could push this one easily
- Reviver by Seth Patrick
These books are fast-paced horrors also feature conspiracies.
- Nexus by Ramez Naam
These novels are thought-provoking and action-packed about how society reacts to society changing technology.
- The Uninvited by Cat Winters
Young protagonists must risk everything in these novels involving conspiracies
- Midnight Movie by Tobe Hooper
Both novels involve fast-paced and violent zombie stories with new media being used to tell the story.
The setting is very important in these books. Describing the world and the creepy atmosphere could draw people in.
Another aspect I would want to highlight would be the characters because Georgina and Shaun are both quite cool in their own ways. Talking about how these siblings get along, yet are so different may help people connect to the characters.
I also really love the beginning of the book and think it can pull an audience in, so I might also read that:
“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.”
- If you were running a blog as your job in this world, would you be a Newsie, Irwin, Fictional, or Steward?
- While the book didn’t feature romance, the topic of love and relationships came up often around Georgia and Shaun, since they never had romantic relationships. Do you think this was a weird inclusion to continue mentioning by the author? Do you think their sibling relationship replaced the need for a romantic one? Or something else?
- What are your thoughts on Buffy — what she did, her character, and her end?
- What are your thoughts on the end of the book? Did you see it coming?
- With how things ended, Shaun will now be the main character. What do you think will happen next? Will you continue reading? Moving from a Newsie POV to a Irwin/Admin POV, do you think this will change the narration?