I am not one to typically enjoy zombie tales. I love zombie movies, but I have never cared for zombies in the written word. Mira Grant has made me ret...moreI am not one to typically enjoy zombie tales. I love zombie movies, but I have never cared for zombies in the written word. Mira Grant has made me rethink this position.
The Kellis-Amberlee virus has spread rampantly through the population and the zombie-pocalypse is over. Granted, zombies still exist and people continue to get infected and "turn," but the major threat is over and America has gone back to being America. People eat in restaurants, get an education, sleep in hotels, etc. The news media remains an ever-present facet of society, but journalism is no longer what is used to be. Instead of the news being propagated by university-educated journalists spreading the agenda of the owners of news agencies, the news is now searched out by bloggers and spread to the general public through blogging Websites and constant Web video streams.
I found the world that Mira created rather believable. The issues that were debated within society dealt with things like public vs. private education for your children: is the public school a less safe environment than the private school and thus more likely to spread the infection? Politicians were as greedy as ever, interested in promoting their own ideas at the expense of others. The weaponry used along with the safety measures (like regular blood screenings) that were put in place to decrease the spread of infection seemed, though maybe not always reasonable, were certainly realistic.
Feed was an easy book to read, fast-paced at times and slower when called for. The writing was sometimes quite witty and the characters were very funny! Our main female, Georgia/George, was very good at serious reflections on the state of society, reflections that are relevant even today. I particularly enjoyed the text moving from the author telling the story through the eyes of one of her characters to what we as readers were supposed to believe were actual blog entries of the bloggers who are centerstage in the book.
Now for some minor complaints. I found some words to be too oft repeated (like "funereal"), but no other real complaints about the verbage. I thought the end of the book slowed down way too quickly for my tastes and the story seemed to be rushed. Some extra thought about how to close the book might have done some good. The only other issue I might have is with all of the Coca-Cola product placement. I kept wondering throughout if the author was intentionally "product-placing" Coke (i.e., she is receiving payment for her mentions of the beverage), or if she just didn't realize the extent to which that one product is mentioned in the book.
Overall, excellent text! I have already purchased the second book in this series and can't wait to begin my journey again in this exciting world created by Mira Grant.
Set amidst Civil War America, this is the story of one woman who discovers not only herself through a series of struggles she must overcome but also w...moreSet amidst Civil War America, this is the story of one woman who discovers not only herself through a series of struggles she must overcome but also what and whom she is willing to fight for and risk her life for.
Iris Dunleavy is on the verge of becoming an old maid and must choose a husband quickly before she falls into disrepute. The man she marries, however, turns out to be a "monster," a word she uses to describe him. Being a deacon in his local church, her husband should not have been like all of the other plantation owners she had heard tell of, whipping and beating slaves, violating the women, and so on. But she soon discovers the truth about this man she thought she loved. Hoping to help these men and women who worked the plantation, she aided in their escape, running away with them herself. Too soon, however, they are caught.
Robert, Iris' husband, sends her away to a lunatic's asylum, believing her to be insane to have not only let slaves escape but to have gone with them herself. Iris, however, doesn't just believe that she is sane--she knows it. How could it be that someone who was simply compassionate and sought to save the souls of mistreated individuals is insane? And she tries to convince the stubborn British doctor of the asylum of this fact, but he refuses to believe her. He tries wholeheartedly to first convince of her insanity and then to "cure" her of it before she can be sent back to her husband.
During her stint at this hospital, Iris plans the second escape attempt of her life. She must get out of this asylum--she is not insane! But an obstacle has been thrown into her path--by providence? by sheer luck? What will Iris do when she finds herself in love with a fellow prisoner of the asylum?
This is one of the best novels I have read in a long time. The writing is spectacular and the character development is spot on. Not once was I distracted from the thread of events woven through the tale. I was intrigued by the plot and turn of events from the first sentence all the way through to the end. This was the first book I have read by this author, and I will be sure to seek out her other novels with the hope that I will have a similar experience with her other novels as I had with this one. Superb job, Ms. Hepinstall!(less)
Though I can really connect with the writing style of the author, who I believe has self-published this text, I was disappointed with the lack of dept...moreThough I can really connect with the writing style of the author, who I believe has self-published this text, I was disappointed with the lack of depth in the plot (not to mention some holes that needed filling), in the personal growth of the characters as the reader tries to make a personal connection with them, and how abrupt the story ended. However, because I am sure I am not part of the target audience, having escaped from childhood long ago, I cannot fault the author too much on these points.
Steampunk is fast becoming one of my favorite genres, and I hope and wish that authors will begin to write more mature steampunk novels that have more substance to the characters. As it is, I am relegated to reading mostly young adult fiction, and that can get very old, very fast. So, if you're reading this, Ms. Chapman, perhaps a steampunk novel for those of us older than 25?? (less)