Feed by Mira Grant is a dystopian political zombie thriller set against the backdrop of a national political campaign. The story is told through blogFeed by Mira Grant is a dystopian political zombie thriller set against the backdrop of a national political campaign. The story is told through blog posts and journal entries written by “newsie” Georgia Mason and her brother, an adventure-seeking “Irwin” reporter, Shaun Mason.
I love a good zombie story. I’m not exactly sure why, but there it is. I also really love to see different twists on telling zombie stories. Feed takes place 26 years following the initial outbreak of the zombie virus, which is referred to as “The Rising.” The virus came about from two medical miracles: the cure for the common cold and the cure for cancer. Unfortunately, they found that when these two antidotes came together, they formed a new virus called Kellis-Amberlee. Kellis-Amberlee is normally beneficial, for cancer and the common cold are a thing of the past for all humankind, but physical death causes the virus to “go live” or “amplify”, converting any host mammal over 40 pounds into the hungry, walking dead.
What’s different about this world versus most zombie scenarios is that the people in this world actually have seen zombie movies. In fact, George Romero (real life creator of the “Night of the Living Dead” movies) is revered as one who warned the world of things to come. They are smart about taking precautions against infection by using blood testing kits, and they have found a way to survive and continue relatively normal life despite the existence of zombies wandering the land. Usually zombie stories focus on the initial outbreak—not how the world found its new “normal” decades later.
Feed also raises many interesting questions about God as Georgia Mason and other characters struggle with the existence of the evils that come from both the zombies and the hearts of the uninfected who would still choose to hurt healthy people in a world where so much is stacked against the human race....more
I saw Warm Bodies as a movie before reading the book. In fact, I had no idea the book even existed until I saw it in the opening credits of the film.I saw Warm Bodies as a movie before reading the book. In fact, I had no idea the book even existed until I saw it in the opening credits of the film. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it because I had seen some reviews that said the book was vastly different. However, I was pleasantly surprised!
The movie actually deviates from the novel quite a bit. Of course, they are different animals--movies and books--so that is to be expected.
Warm Bodies a wonderful read. This is Marion's first book, and you can tell--not because he doesn't have skill (because he does!) but because it has that autobiographical feel that first novels usually do.
The book is much, much darker than the movie and the characters are much darker as well. If you love Isaac Marion's world and the refreshed zombie concept, then the book is a really good way to delve further into that. Obviously, with the space of time that a book affords, there is MUCH more opportunity to see what life was like for the zombies at the airport, plus more insight into life in the walled city.
However, if you have only seen the film and were more attached to R and Julie's story than the world, then the novel might disappoint because so much is changed in the transition from book to movie. For example, it is implied that R is actually older than a teenager--closer to 30 than 20. Plus there's some "adult" content.
For me, I can really see the book and the film as two different entities. I was able to enjoy both mediums quite separately from each other. The movie is amazing and has a light feeling of whimsy to it with lots of heartwarming moments. The book is a dense, dark view of the state of the world and is very introspective through the incredibly insightful, realistic voice of R.
Overall, Warm Bodies is a very good, unique read—just not really at all like the way the movie portrays the story. If you're okay with that, then it is definitely worth your time because it is well written and paints a vivid picture of R's world and the struggles of the dead in his reality....more
Robopocalypse began as what appeared to be a series of short stories that all took place in the same apocalyptic world--one where the machines turn onRobopocalypse began as what appeared to be a series of short stories that all took place in the same apocalyptic world--one where the machines turn on the humans. These stories were wrapped in a date accompanied by a brief commentary from the main narrator, Cormick Wallace, who had compiled this information so that the world "can understand what really happened."
These stories, all written in first person present tense, seem only vaguely related for the first good third of the book. This is both frustrating and confusing because it's hard to grasp WHY we should keep reading. We barely get connected to any characters before the story segment ends, and it's time for a new one.
Roundabout halfway through, the stories begin to revisit the same characters. We begin to discover what happened next and how those individuals relate to the overarching plot line, which has finally begun to rear it's head.
My two biggest complaints on Robopocalypse were: 1. The incessant use of first person present tense in many places where it really didn't make sense to have it. Present tense irks me in general, though I DO recognize its purpose (to create urgency) and popularity (thanks, Suzanne Collins). It still did not seem the best choice to blanket EVERY story with the same tense and POV. Some of the narratives would have done better as third person, past tense. It would have been nice to see a variety between them all, but the first person present tense of ALL the characters did get a bit grating after awhile.
2. The often over-the-top use of profanity. Yes, we are in an apocalyptic wartime era and there are military soldiers about, but really. Be a little more creative with your exclamations. There is more to expressing one's anger than dropping f-bombs and other junkola in the dialogue of harrowing scenes.
I love robots plus anything having to do with an apocalypse or post-apocalyptic world, but that's about the only reason I stayed the course. Once the stories began to connect, it became rather more interesting though. The scenarios were unique, and the world was fairly intricately established and nicely woven together. Sadly, I can't give it more than 3 stars due to my two reservations above and the fact that it took half the book to pass before the main story arc was really revealed....more
The City of Ember is a refreshingly new story with fun, distinct characters in a unique set of circumstances. It's an easy read, filled with action anThe City of Ember is a refreshingly new story with fun, distinct characters in a unique set of circumstances. It's an easy read, filled with action and mystery. I saw the movie first but still found the book to be quite enjoyable.
(view spoiler)[The scene at the end when Lina and Doon see the moon for the first time and then witness their first sunrise, was incredible. The description of something so familiar to us, and yet so foreign to these characters almost brought me to tears. (hide spoiler)]
We truly have a beautiful world, and story of The City of Ember does a fine job of showing how much would be lost if it were spoiled....more