Based on the excellent reviews I've seen so many other readers post for Feed, I was expecting to be sucked in right away. In reality, it took a while...moreBased on the excellent reviews I've seen so many other readers post for Feed, I was expecting to be sucked in right away. In reality, it took a while for it to become one of those books that I couldn't put down. I was reading a few pages here and there, interspersed with other books. It was FINE - just not GREAT. About a 1/4 of the way through, though, I realized I was thinking about Shaun and Georgia and all the rest ALL THE TIME. That's when I began dedicating all my reading time to Feed. I read the vast majority of it in one afternoon. God Bless Vacation.
On the surface, Feed looks like a simple rehashing of I Am Legend or any other zombie apocalypse novel. A clever guise for a book about government conspiracy and freedom of the press.
I checked Feed out from the library, (though I purchased Deadline, the next book in the trilogy, and I'll be purchasing Feed eventually, too - it's a book I want to own) where they have it classified as "horror". There's even a little skeleton sticker on the spine, warning potential readers that it might scare them. I'm assuming that's because there are zombies in the book? It's misleading. The zombie's created by the Kellis-Amberlee bug might be your typical Romero zombie, but Feed is definitely NOT your typical zombie book.
I loved the characters - from Georgia, (who's voice tells the majority of the story,) to Steve (a bit-character-security-guard.) Even the bad guys are pretty well fleshed out. The interaction between characters was what made them really special, though. Grant has a talent for dialogue and (even more important) relationship development. I loved the post-apocalyptic world they lived in. The quarantine zones, the security measures, the new laws...all rang true for me. I believe that our government would react in a very similar way. I loved the politics. I thought that Ryman and Tate were well-drawn candidates. I thought Wagman was a fun piece of comic relief (and also disturbingly realistic, lol!) I loved the representation of the press. I thought the explanation of WHY bloggers are the most reliable source of information was brilliant. I thought the 3 distinct TYPES of news blogging was even more brilliant. The internet - and blogging, in particular - lends itself to specialization. For Grant to recognize and extrapolate that was...well, brilliant. (sorry, my thesaurus isn't cutting it today.) I loved all of the tongue-in-cheek zombie and pop-culture references. Very clever and so much fun to pick out. I'm sure I missed a few - but I what I noticed was fantastic.
Okay...I didn't love... The repetition. I felt like I read about Georgia's retinal disorder, the field tests flattening her palm until the tendons stretched, and Shaun "poking dead things" a hundred times. Shaun and Georgia's relationship creeped me out a TINY bit. Really. Just a tiny bit. But it was a TINY bit creepy. Shaun and Georgia's parents - I wanted more of them! I'm hoping for a bit more backstory in the followup.
I can't wait to finish this trilogy. Expecting Deadline and Blackout to be equally as inspired. (less)
A cross between The Road, The Stand and the recent slew of zombie-apocalypse books. I loved The Reapers Are the Angels. It's another book (like Feed)...moreA cross between The Road, The Stand and the recent slew of zombie-apocalypse books. I loved The Reapers Are the Angels. It's another book (like Feed) that has the library's little "horror" sticker on it's spine - but was actually so.much.more. Temple is 15 and alone, traveling the post apocalyptic country in the Florida area. Her view of the world (and the zombies who now make up the majority of the population) is intensely pragmatic...and oddly hopeful. Temple sees beauty all around her. She was born into this new, torn down world, and she doesn't see it as horrible or terrifying - she just sees it as reality. And there are still little miracles everywhere. Honestly - I never knew a book about zombies could impart so much hope to the reader, but this one did. Even when Temple is running for her life and calling her companion "dummy", The Reapers Are the Angels managed to be beautiful and inspiring. Speaking of Maury... I found his character to be a super effective way of getting to know Temple better. Very well done.
Bell's writing was reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's - but reads as more authentic, less egotistical. When McCarthy shoves made-up words down your throat, Bell sticks to the sparse storytelling and uses words that you can actually find in the dictionary. "Bell" is actually a pseudonym, of course. I loved this book enough, however, to check out his other novel Hummingbirds: A Novel, and I will be looking forward to another Alden Bell installment.(less)
A sequel that's better than the original - and the original was awesome. Deadline took perfect advantage of the fact that I already knew and loved the...moreA sequel that's better than the original - and the original was awesome. Deadline took perfect advantage of the fact that I already knew and loved the main characters. The emotional punch this book packed was seriously hard core. I cried - like a BABY - more than once during this novel. Even when I knew what was coming, it was still so well written that I FELT it all.
Shaun is the narrator this time around, though Georgia's voice is still heavily featured. We meet and get to know the rest of the staff that we heard so much about in Feed - Becks; strong, determined and savvy, Alaric; thoughtful and steadfast, if a bit timid and Maggie; a throwback to the time before the rising, when people invited guests over, grew gardens and had pets. We also meet Kelly, a doctor from the CDC who has faked her own death in order to get out alive and bring the information she has to the staff of After the End Times. Her arrival is, clearly, the catalyst to the story, and I thought her character was very well written. Sometimes I liked her and sometimes I didn't, but she always felt authentic.
The storyline was twistier, the zombies were more plentiful, the ups and downs were more roller coaster-like. It was funnier, scarier, darker and more poignant. The characters were perfection, the pacing was superb... I can safely say that I LOVED Deadline. Waiting for the conclusion to this trilogy is going to be Hell.(less)
LOVED it. Higher than a 4...just not QUITE good enough to be a 5 star. Horizon was a beautiful ending to the Aftertime trilogy. I thought it was the st...moreLOVED it. Higher than a 4...just not QUITE good enough to be a 5 star. Horizon was a beautiful ending to the Aftertime trilogy. I thought it was the strongest book in the series and loved the direction Littlefield took with the story.
We pick up about 2 months after the end of Rebirth. Cass, Ruthie, Dor, Smoke, Sammi and the other pregnant girls have made it to New Eden, a safe community in California. The beginning of this book was everything I loved about the other 2 installments, thrown right in my face. It was as if the author was shaking me, asking "do you still love the "reality" of this???"
There is no happy ending. Our little party may be safe - for now - but they are nowhere near Happily Ever After. Smoke is comatose. Dor has shacked up with do-gooder-barbie. Sammi is depressed and angry. Cass is drinking again. Only Ruthie is healing in this safe place - loved by her mother and able to play with other children. Ruthie actually factors very little into Horizon, but I found that understandable. Her safety and happiness is still the motivation for everything Cass does, but this last book in the series is about CASS. Not her relationships, but the way those relationships effect her.
The Aftertime love-triangle continued to shine for all the things it was NOT - cheesy, superficial or filled with starry eyes and moist lips. This triangle is different. First, the two men are both highly desirable...at least to me. Both are strong and smart and neither will wither away if Cass doesn't choose them. They are both possessive, protective and willing to kill for what's theirs. They are both natural leaders - in their element in this Aftertime world. Both are willing to make the tough, unpopular decisions when it's necessary. Those are their similarities. The differences...Smoke makes Cass a better person. He expects her to be good, and so she is. He is good with Ruthie - a father to her. Smoke is also tortured by his past, determined to do penance for a sin he keeps secret. Cass fears he'll always choose retribution over her. Dor is self serving and ruthless, but his "selfish" nature extends to those around him. Dor lets Cass be who she is - helps her accept herself - rather than making her strive to be something better. Dor is a good father, a good provider, a good lover...but he'll never be warm and fuzzy. Either man would be a good choice for Cass. I've found my loyalties to these two men switching several times during the trilogy, but by the end, Cass made the choice I would have made, too.
I loved the progression of this book. I loved the journey our characters took, the revelations along the way. I loved the characters - old and new. I loved the pacing, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Most of all, I loved the intensity. I've read countless books where authors try to write intensity like this into their stories...and I've often gotten to the middle of the scene, realized it was supposed to be exciting, and thought that the book really would have benefited from a movie soundtrack - just a little background music to let me know something big was coming. Little field didn't need any soundtrack. Not by a long shot. I found myself holding my breath, flipping the pages as quickly as I could...terrified, dying to know what was coming next... And she did it time and time again. And it never got old.
The ending of this book was like a big exhalation. Not a sigh of relief, mind you...because nothing is over. Much is just beginning. Just that huff of air you let out when you know you've got a momentary respite before even more is thrown at you. LOVE.
A prequel to Feed on ebook only, I couldn't resist reading Countdown. The wait for Blackout is killing me. I'll do anything to ease the pain.
The good...moreA prequel to Feed on ebook only, I couldn't resist reading Countdown. The wait for Blackout is killing me. I'll do anything to ease the pain.
The good news is that Countdown was a quick, fun read for anyone that already loves the series. Meeting the people whose names we've heard throughout the series...The Mason family (especially Phillip) Amanda Amberlee, Dr. Kellis, the Mayday Army...all were such a treat to get to know. Reading about the melding of these two virus's and the effect they had on the world as it happened was delicious. I loved it. The writing was spare - yet stylistically similar enough to Feed and Deadline that I was hooked from the first page on. Fans of the series that haven't read this little filler yet should do so ASAP.
The bad news is that as a stand-alone novella, it was only so-so. I can't imagine anyone reading this that wasn't already a Newsflesh fan. I wouldn't recommend it to someone to hook them. It wasn't that kind of story.
Honestly, though - who cares. This piece was written for the fans - and I'm a fan. Thanks, Mira Grant. Now push up the release of Blackout already, will you?(less)
I listened to this one as an audio book - a special edition, read-by-a-full-cast audio book. I think that probably added quite a bit to the experience....moreI listened to this one as an audio book - a special edition, read-by-a-full-cast audio book. I think that probably added quite a bit to the experience.
World War Z is a collection of stories told by people who lived through the world-wide zombie apocalypse. From world leaders to wheelchair bound civilians, each has a (somewhat) unique tale to tell. A few were fantastic - eliciting chills or laughter or triggering my gag reflex. A few were just boring, the blind, elderly, suicidal Japanese man and the Brit living in Windsor Castle with the Queen Mum are two that come to mind. Most were somewhere in between.
My favorite was the story of Jessica Hendricks...her story was incredibly vivid and realistic. *shudder*
I'm a big fan of zombie books right now - me, and everyone else. This one fell a bit short of my (probably too high) expectations. A collection of short stories is always fun to read, but these didn't quite approach the "short story" level, in my opinion. They were too abbreviated, too "slice of life" for that. I wanted more of some of them, but not in a good way...in a slightly frustrated way. Most of them I didn't even care to hear more of, they just weren't quite intriguing enough.
Brad Pitt is making a movie of World War Z - playing the interviewer character himself. I'm looking forward to it - I actually think Word War Z might make a better movie than book. It has that ADD quality to it that plays very well to movie audiences. (less)
Are all the best authors writing Zombie stories? The Feed books are some of the most exciting I've ever read. The Aftertime books were oh-so gritty and...moreAre all the best authors writing Zombie stories? The Feed books are some of the most exciting I've ever read. The Aftertime books were oh-so gritty and sensual - an incredible mix. Stony Mayhall was insanely original. The Reapers are the Angels was horrific and beautiful.
And now Warm Bodies. One of the best of the group. It took me a year to find this gem - but I'm passing it on like crazy, hoping to make up for my tardiness.
To say Isaac Marion has a way with words is a laughable understatement. I can't even describe the beauty of his writing without quoting some of my favorite passages: "We start lumbering north on the southbound freeway, and the thunder drifts away toward the mountains like it's scared of us. Here we are on the road. We must be going somewhere." "Dark feelings flood my belly...I don't know the pain she's speaking from, but I know it's deep. It makes her hard and yet so terribly soft. It's her thorns and it's her hand reaching out from the thicket." "Deep under our feet Earth holds its molten breath, while the bones of countless generations watch us and wait."
Three things I loved about Warm Bodies: The story is both beautifully basic, and wonderfully original. Boy meets girl in a crazy, f*ed up situation, and falls in love with her despite their differences. Girl learns to love boy in return, and their love changes everything. Except when do zombies fall in love? When do they love? Never! Marion didn't write some new-style zombie, either. He wrote a traditional zombie. He wrote a better fleshed out (pun intended) zombie than I've ever seen. He talked about the shuffling, the moaning, the hunting and the brain eating and he gave the reader an explanation for each that made sense. Then he took that traditional zombie and made it more...and I loved it. Zombies exist because of a curse. As much a supernatural being as Vampires or Werewolves, Zombies always seem to be explained away by "science." A virus is usually the culprit, and I won't say I'm not a fan. I like the plausibility of an impossible thing. It's fun. But Marion didn't screw around with any psuedo science. He stuck with the supernatural basics. His zombies exist because of a curse. And how cool is that??? "I don't think it's from any spell or virus or nuclear rays. I think it's from a deeper place. I think we brought it here. I think we crushed ourselves down over the centuries. Buried ourselves under greed and hate and whatever other sins we could find until our souls finally hit the rick bottom of the universe. And then they scraped a hole through it, into some...dark place. We released it. We poked through the seabed and the oil erupted, painted us black, pulled our inner sickness out for everyone to see." *shudder* A Happy Ending I hate to give too much away, but for someone who lives for a good love story/happy ending, this was the ultimate zombie book.
I come away from this book feeling a bit confused. Not about the book itself, but about how I FEEL about the book. For the millionth time, I wish that...moreI come away from this book feeling a bit confused. Not about the book itself, but about how I FEEL about the book. For the millionth time, I wish that half stars were allowed. I think I'd give this one a 3.5.
I am not disappointed in the ending Mira Grant wrote for me... I am just not THRILLED with it.
So... Georgia is back. She's been cloned. She is a 97% copy of herself and that's good enough. I was happy with the cloning. I liked the "science" of it. I liked the way we heard about the other versions of Georgia, the modifications and the complications. I liked that she wasn't the only clone out there. I did NOT like the reason she was cloned. I thought it was trite and too convenient and far too silly for this series of books.
Shaun is still crazy and still totally aware of it. I liked his fatalistic attitude. I liked his single mindedness about his purpose in life. I liked his dedication to the team. I felt like his voice was slightly less vivid than in Deadline. He seemed muted, somehow.
The world is still completely f*ed up. Rogue scientists and corrupt government and zombie bears and modified malarial mosquitoes...it's definitely the Feed universe that I've loved...but now the method behind the madness is becoming clear. I didn't love how we got there. It seemed like there were parts of this book that just didn't belong. Like pieces of a puzzle that you can jam into place, but that don't actually do anything for the picture. The Monkey, the Cat and the Fox? Shaun and Becks trip to see the Masons? The fact that they abandoned the mosquito/Alissa Kwong mission? What happened here??? I understand filling out a book. I understand not making the plot TOO direct. But this one often seemed overly twisty.
What I liked: The science. Like I mentioned before - the cloning stuff was good. The virus stuff was good. The cure stuff was good. Grant has always shown a good understanding of the science and has made it easy to understand - that remained the same. The teams reaction to Georgia. All that skepticism and suspicion and desire to believe that she's back. Becks, especially, is easy to see acting this way. The doctors - Dr. Thomas, Dr. Shaw/Kimberly, Dr. Abby, Dr. Shoji. I'm not a huge fan of doctors in real life, and I thought all of these characters were appropriately creepy and their motives were appropriately unclear and questionable. Rick. I was happy to see him again, I missed him in book 2.
What I didn't like: *Spoilers from here down* The one thing they didn't write down. I was prepared to to buy into Shaun and Georgia falling in love. I was prepared to hear Shaun declare that he loved George and for her to love him back. I was NOT prepared to hear that they already loved each other and had since they were 16 (when they went for genetic testing just to be sure. ew.) I COULD have gotten on board with this revelation...had it been accompanied by ANY passion or feeling whatsoever. Instead, it felt very "meh." I'm not sure if Grant was uneasy writing love scenes or what, but the way she wrote this was entirely unbelievable to me. One kiss. That's all we get. And it's just "..I leaned in and kissed him...and then he started kissing me back...returning the kiss with frightening hunger...pressed so closely together...we were home" A (short) paragraph of kissing is all the romance we are offered. Even worse, I don't remember Shaun or George EVER expressing any REAL feelings about each other. Oh, sure, they were both quick to threaten death or bodily injury to anyone who dared try to keep them apart in the future, but not once did either of them say how good they FELT being together again. And so their relationship was a big disappointment for me. (just an aside - brothers and sister - even non biological ones - hooking up...is creepy. BUT it's been done so you forget the creepy and concentrate on the relationship. See Charlaine Harris's Harper Connelly series. I wish Grant had read them before she made Shaun and George lackluster lovers.)
In fact, I thought there was a lack of emotion throughout the whole book. Feed had plenty of emotion. Deadline was packed full of emotion. I cried like a baby during Feed and more than once during Deadline. When I finished both of those books I obsessed about the characters for WEEKS. No, months. I remembered them and couldn't wait to catch up with them. That's not how Blackout went for me. I didn't cry when Becks died. I thought "well that sucks!" to myself. I thought "uhg. I hate that someone had to die." I was annoyed that someone HAD to die. Annoyed that the grenade couldn't have bought Becks an extra 10 seconds to get through the door instead or vaporizing her along with the zombies. Annoyed, not devastated. And I've been finished with Blackout for only 3 days now, and I'm already pretty much over it. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it...just that I thought it could have been better.
Overall, this was a wonderful series with a slightly disappointing final book. 4 star overall rating for Newsflesh. (less)
I read this book because I am a HUGE fan of the TV show. I've never read The Walking Dead comic books, however, and I was unprepared for the truly gra...moreI read this book because I am a HUGE fan of the TV show. I've never read The Walking Dead comic books, however, and I was unprepared for the truly graphic nature of this book. The violence was described in minute detail, and more than once I thought to myself "I wouldn't be reading this if it weren't a Walking Dead book..." Still, in the end I'm at least sort of glad I read it. The Governor and the town of Woodbury will be featured in the upcoming season of the show, and I'm excited to know the backstory.(less)
4.5 stars I loved this book. Loved the writing, the characters, the story. EVERYTHING. Alex was a fantastic female character - the strong, independent...more4.5 stars I loved this book. Loved the writing, the characters, the story. EVERYTHING. Alex was a fantastic female character - the strong, independent kind that I LOVE to see in my YA fiction. Tom was equally fantastic - I would have been in love with him, too.
The only part I didn't adore was Alex's period of acceptance in Rule. I was angry and frustrated with her over it...mostly because I could see myself falling into the same acceptance were I in the same situation, and I wanted her to be better than that. In the end, though, she didn't disappoint.
3.5 stars, BUT... Had I read this immediately following Ashes, I bet I would have given it 5 stars.
Shadows jumps right back in to the Ashes world with...more3.5 stars, BUT... Had I read this immediately following Ashes, I bet I would have given it 5 stars.
Shadows jumps right back in to the Ashes world with no recap. Like, none. Not even any of those reflective thoughts that characters often have to help the reader remember - "back when so-and-so did such-and-such, I..." Nothing. Just a sudden plunge into Rule and the Changed and Alex and Tom and Chris and so many characters that you thought were unimportant but who show up here without any promptint to remind you just who they were. Needless to say, I felt a little bit left behind and struggled to remember what had happened before...
My confusion lasted for about 1/3 of the book, at which point it ceased to matter. I was invested enough that remembering before stopped mattering.
As before, Bick's writing was superb - though I wasn't crazy about the viewpoint switch, especially when it went every other chapter in the middle. The characters were fantastic - though I thought there really were too many people. The story was good - though convoluted and not as engaging as the first book. I'm really looking forward to the third book, and hoping it will be as awesome as Ashes was.(less)
Parts of this book were WONDERFUL - easily 4 stars. Parts of this book really sucked, though. 2 stars. So it gets 3 stars, but that doesn't really appl...moreParts of this book were WONDERFUL - easily 4 stars. Parts of this book really sucked, though. 2 stars. So it gets 3 stars, but that doesn't really apply to the whole book. Still, it's the only rating I can give. (less)
These characters are VERY different than the ones in the TV show. There seem to be quite a few MORE, too! I like the differences, though. They make it...moreThese characters are VERY different than the ones in the TV show. There seem to be quite a few MORE, too! I like the differences, though. They make it much more enjoyable to read than if it were the same.(less)
Like so many readers of this comic, I started out as a viewer of the AMC show. The two are really quite different. I've loved reading these comics - I f...moreLike so many readers of this comic, I started out as a viewer of the AMC show. The two are really quite different. I've loved reading these comics - I feel like they give me a better insight into a show that already has so much depth. I plan to continue reading...hopefully I won't turn into one of those geeks waiting outside the comic book store on Friday morning (or whenever it is they get new comic's in.) :)(less)
Just like Shadows did with Ashes, this book picked up immediately where the last one left off. I wish I'd read them all back to back, instead of as the...moreJust like Shadows did with Ashes, this book picked up immediately where the last one left off. I wish I'd read them all back to back, instead of as they came out. There was quite a bit I'd forgotten, but I definitely remembered enough to enjoy Monsters right from the beginning. And as it progressed, I remembered more and more. A really strong finish to the series. One day I might go back and read them all at once. If I do, I'm willing to bet my rating changes to 5 stars.(less)