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Feed by Mira Grant
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bookshelves: 2011, horror, germs-viruses, politics, zombies, vast-conspiracy, get-the-scoop
Read from April 12 to 19, 2011

This book is about mobs of mindless zombies influencing American politics. Surprisingly, it’s not about the Tea Party.

In the year 2014, genetically engineered viruses mutated and caused the dead to come back to life and start munching on people like senior citizens at a casino buffet. Over 20% of the world’s population got gobbled up like popcorn shrimp, and in 2040 the threat of the still existing virus and zombies has changed life forever. Since the virus is present in everyone’s system, when anyone dies, whether it’s from zombie bite or natural causes, they will turn into one of the undead cannibals. Large gatherings of people rarely occur, everyone’s homes and cars are fortresses equipped with high tech screening equipment and huge areas (like Alaska) have been given up as zones too hazardous to enter without special permits and training.

Georgia Mason and her brother Shaun are part of the new generation of bloggers. Georgia is a straight Newsie, reporting only the facts and trying to get past the spin. Shaun is kind of like one of the guys on Jackass who goes out to taunt the undead while recording and posting his exploits. When they are offered a chance to follow the presidential campaign of a senator it’s a chance for them to move to the head of the pack of web journalists. However, when the senator’s caravan is the victim of a zombie attack the Masons get caught up in a dangerous conspiracy.

This was a pretty unique zombie tale with some very good ideas in it. The explanation for the way the virus works is one of the more thought out causes of the undead I’ve read. It also shows a lot of thought of what the media of the future is going to look like with competing websites featuring a mix of news/opinion/death defying features and even fiction. Mira Grant has created a tale of how the fear of external threats can become an everyday part of society that’s ripe for exploitation.

However, at 600 pages it feels a bit overstuffed. We’re repeatedly walked through the blood screenings and other security measures that are part of society to the point of boredom. Georgia has an eye condition due to the zombie virus present in her system, and there are about 1236 instances of security guys demanding that she take off her prescription sunglasses and the problems it causes. And for a book where the threat of zombies is ever present, there are very few actual zombie attacks in it.

I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the Mason’s role in this story. They’re supposed to be young journalists on their way up, but somehow Georgia‘s reports quickly become must reading on the web as she instantly became an expert on presidential politics her first time covering a campaign. Also, Georgia and Shaun are constantly looking down their noses at everyone around them for being ‘amatuers’ when it comes to dealing with zombies because (as we are repeatedly reminded) they are licensed and trained journalists with extensive time in the field. So these young people are apparently the only ones with the smarts, experience and ability to see what’s going on and everyone, including a US senator, defers to them to an unbelievable degree.

Still, this was fun mash-up of a zombie story and a political/ conspiracy thriller with some interesting predictions about where the new media will take us. I’ll probably check out the next one in the series, but I hope there’s more brain munching and fewer blood tests in the second book.
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message 1: by Paquita Maria (new)

Paquita Maria Sanchez I knew I would be voting for this review after the first sentence...is that bad?


Kemper Kristi wrote: "I knew I would be voting for this review after the first sentence...is that bad?"

I don't see a problem with it, but I may be biased.


message 3: by Paquita Maria (last edited Apr 19, 2011 07:09AM) (new)

Paquita Maria Sanchez The really sad thing about that name is that I love tea and I sometimes like parties (particularly food-related parties, such as a tea party tends to be). Before recently, the phrase broad to mind those old Tenniel illustrations of scenes in Alice in Wonderland, and just sort of generally made me happy. Bastards.


message 4: by Paquita Maria (last edited Apr 19, 2011 07:12AM) (new)

Paquita Maria Sanchez Oh, yeah, and I guess it was technically the first TWO sentences that of this review that sold me. Just to unnecessarily clarify.


message 5: by Velvetink (new)

Velvetink Zombies and politics, how could one not vote for it!.


Kemper Kristi wrote: "The really sad thing about that name is that I love tea and I sometimes like parties (particularly food-related parties, such as a tea party tends to be).

They have sullied a perfectly innocent and quaint phrase.


message 7: by Stacey (new) - added it

Stacey First paragraph win! I read it to everyone within earshot. Twice. They may or may not have looked at me as though I needed (or just had) a lobotomy.


Kemper Stacey wrote: "First paragraph win! I read it to everyone within earshot. Twice. They may or may not have looked at me as though I needed (or just had) a lobotomy."

Thanks!


message 9: by Megha (new)

Megha "...mobs of mindless zombies influencing American politics."

Ha ha, how could this not be fun!


Stephanie "This book is about mobs of mindless zombies influencing American politics. Surprisingly, it’s not about the Tea Party."

You knew I was going to like that one! Great review as always.


Kwesi 章英狮 I am fan of playing zombie games like Left 4 Dead but I never tried to read hardcore zombie books.


Kemper Stephanie wrote:You knew I was going to like that one! Great review as always."

I had a hunch you might like that line.


Kemper Kwesi 章英狮 wrote: "I am fan of playing zombie games like Left 4 Dead but I never tried to read hardcore zombie books."

I love the Left 4 Dead games. Except for the stupid tongue zombie. Hate that guy. There's some good zombie books out there like this and World War Z, but like any other genre, there's a mountain of crap, too.


Kwesi 章英狮 Jeez, that guy was an easy kill I hate the big zombie with large muscles. The one with big arms. Haha. I have to try that book thanks for recommending, I also have Zombicorns and another-unknown-zombie-book waiting to be read.


message 15: by j (new) - rated it 3 stars

j Kemper wrote: "They have sullied a perfectly innocent and quaint phrase."

they ruined "tea-bagging" too.


message 16: by Ben (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ben Babcock Great review. I particularly agree with your comment about Georgia's sunglasses and the frequency with which her eye condition becomes an issue. I really enjoyed the unique aspects of Feed's approach to zombie lore, but the repetitiveness of some of Grant's exposition and sources of dramatic tension made reading it sometimes a chore.


Kemper Ben wrote: "Great review. I particularly agree with your comment about Georgia's sunglasses and the frequency with which her eye condition.....

Thanks! Sounds like thought similarly about it. The eye thing wouldn't have bothered me so much but they never did anything with it other than have it be an inconvience over and over again.


message 18: by Bill (new) - rated it 4 stars

Bill Mazzola I think the repetition adds to the reality of the situation. If this actually happened, I would hope they'd test people every two seconds. I also think it would be annoying to get tested every two seconds. Too often stories forget about the details.


Kemper Bill wrote: "I think the repetition adds to the reality of the situation. If this actually happened, I would hope they'd test people every two seconds. I also think it would be annoying to get tested every two ..."

If you want repetition, then this is the series for you because it's nothing but repeated blood tests, repeated dialogue and repeated drinking of Cokes.

But oddly enough, not many zombies.


message 20: by Ginny (new)

Ginny Please stick to the book. :( Your first two sentences didn't turn me off to the book, just to your reviews. That's sad.


message 21: by Kemper (last edited Apr 14, 2015 01:27PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Kemper Ginny wrote: "Please stick to the book. :( Your first two sentences didn't turn me off to the book, just to your reviews. That's sad."

Oh, so I should only state an opinion that matches yours?

Probably not going to happen.


message 22: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky Kemper wrote: "Ginny wrote: "Please stick to the book. :( Your first two sentences didn't turn me off to the book, just to your reviews. That's sad."

No."





message 23: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky I liked your original response version better, Kemper. LOL


Kemper Becky wrote: "
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Ah, I screwed it up by posting before I meant to and then editing the comment. Now Bender won't like me anymore....


message 25: by Ginny (new)

Ginny Kemper wrote: "Ginny wrote: "Please stick to the book. :( Your first two sentences didn't turn me off to the book, just to your reviews. That's sad."

Oh, so I should only state an opinion that matches yours? ..."


No, I just really wanted to hear about the book.


message 26: by Kemper (last edited Apr 14, 2015 01:43PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Kemper Ginny wrote: "No, I just really wanted to hear about the book.

So I should write my reviews tailored only to the way you think? Can do!

Please send me a detailed guideline of all your political, religious, and cultural viewpoints, and I'll be sure to never put anything in that you disagree with again.

Or maybe not.


message 27: by Becky (new) - rated it 1 star

Becky Ginny, there are 4,182 reviews of this book. Surely you could find another one that is more to your specific tastes?


message 28: by Ginny (last edited Apr 14, 2015 01:43PM) (new)

Ginny Yes, you're right.


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