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Feed by Mira Grant
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Sep 20, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: great-books, favorites, dystopia, zombies, series, beloved, rereading-material, best-of, male-approved, by-color-gray-ish, by-color-red
Read from September 28 to October 16, 2011

4.5 stars - I am used by now to read books that are great amazing in the beginning, ok by the middle, and surprise the hell out of me all through the ending.
Feed is that kind of book and even more.

I loved how it started (with such a great adventure), and I loved that feeling I got through the story, like I was part of it, finding more and more information about the world, the virus, the people involved. Yes, at some point it got to be a bit slow, but it was still full of useful information and there was still way too much to enjoy so I never got bored.

What did I expect?
Ahh.. zombies?! Duh!
I mean I am not a zombie fan, not at all, but this book was highly recommended to me so I said "What the hell, I am reading it, and I'm sure I'm gonna love it!"

What did I get?
A lot more than that.
Because this story is not really about zombies, you know? It's like saying that a book is about trees only because some scenes involve the main characters having fun in the park.. The trees are there, right, but the story is not really about them (ok, so maybe this is not such a good comparison because you don't see many trees trying to kill you in any story whatsoever, but you get my point).
Same here.. There are zombies, and there is this virus transforming people into zombies when they die or get bitten/infected, but the story is more about these 3 characters - Georgia, Shaun, Buffy - and their blogging passion and their need to find the truth (all kind of truths).

The 3 of them were friends, working together in a blog network, and they were so happy to get involved in the greatest adventure of their life, being selected in the position of "pet bloggers" for Senator Ryman's presidential campaign. What they never knew was how many dangers awaited for them.

Georgia Mason - smart, and honest with herself and the world.
She lived for the truth, she lived for the news, and she was pretty good at it. I like how she cared about her brother, Shaun, how she was always there to 'rescue' him when he was playing with the dead, and their adventures were awesome starting with the very first one.
"Our story opens where countless stories have ended in the last 26 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"

Shaun Mason on the other hand was a bit childish, but he was also so damn cute, smart and caring, with a passion for danger and for 'poking zombies with a stick '. I loved his relation with his sister because they knew each other so well, and their conversations were refreshing and funny as they kept joking around even in the hardest of the times.

Their close relationship was all they both had, being raised by their adoptive parents that only cared about ratings and numbers, it always have been them vs. the world.. but then the world really turned against them, didn't it?

This was by far the best duo I've read about in a while and they also made me want to cry (oh, don't you EVER make me cry again, do you hear me?!!!).
There was this carousel of emotions (with the highs heavenly high and the lows so damn low) that left me feeling like I've been spinning around, and around, and around and.. I didn't see it coming, no I didn't.
And you know how you feel when you stop spinning around? You feel lost and confused, you need something to hold on to, and the only thing I know I can hold on to is the sequel, and I need to read it, because I simply need to know what happens next.

Buffy well, it's hard to talk about her because she was mostly kept into the shadow. She was the one handling all the technological part - image, sound, servers, security - it was all Buffy's work. I understood when she needed someone next to her, and I cared for her when she was afraid, but I wish I could have known her better. I don't want to spoil her relationship with the other 2 and her role into the story, so I'll leave it at this: she did surprise me.. a lot.
"She listened to all kinds of music, even the stuff that sounds like static and church bells. She played guitar really badly, but she meant every note."

Now, the part that I didn't like that much, was the one involving politics.. that part was so hard to get through. Of course, it was there to deliver more information about the settling, about the world, about how things worked.. not to mention that it was crucial into the story, with the 3 bloggers following the senator in his campaign, but at some point there was just too much settling and too little action and it made me yawn a bit and I put the book down a few times.

There would be some more things I loved or hated, but no, I can't talk about them because they are all spoilers. But I loved the characters, the story, the writing is great too, so if you want to try it I don't think you could possibly be disappointed. Really, you'll like it (even love it) :)

... Oh, I've almost forgot to tell you how much I HATE needles. Oh yes I do! And I think that if you were a journalist and you were suppose to take those damn test every time you entered/exited a room, your hand would look like a sieve, just saying o_O

Later Edit: Check My Book Boyfriend - Shaun

PS: Great, great cover.. Love it!
PSS: I love(d) all the blog posts inserted into the book.. where's the follow button when you need one?

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Mira Grant
“My father has always had just one piece of advice about zombies and ammunition, one he’s drilled into my head enough times that it’s managed to stick: When you have one bullet left and there’s no visible way out of the shit you’re standing in, save it for yourself. It’s better than the alternative.”
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Mira Grant
“Me, I say those are all great things to live for, if they're what happens to float your boat, but at the end of the day, there's got to be somebody you're doing it for. Just one person you're thinking of everytime you make a decision, everytime you tell the truth, or tell a lie, or anything.
I've got mine. Do you?”
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Mira Grant
“He'll die first, we both know it, but I don't know... I really don't know how long I'll stay alive without him. That's the part Shaun doesn't know. I don't intend to be an only child for long.”
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Mira Grant
“Every life has a watershed moment, an instant when you realize you're about to make a choice that will define everything else you ever do, and that if you choose wrong, there may not be that many things left to choose. Sometimes the wrong choice is the only one that lets you face the end with dignity, grace, and the awareness that you're doing the right thing.
I'm not sure we can recognize those moments until they've passed us.”
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Mira Grant
“The difference between the truth and a lie is that both of them can hurt, but only one will take the time to heal you afterward.”
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Mira Grant
“I wanted the truth, and I wanted the news, and I'd be damned before I settled for anything less.”
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Mira Grant
“You can't kill the truth.”
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Mira Grant
“Now take a good look at the life you're living and tell me: Did they do the right thing?”
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Mira Grant
“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.”
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Mira Grant
“Are you ever not a pessimist?"

"Sometimes. But then I wake up.”
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Mira Grant
“Now I'm a God, but tomorrow, when you have to stop me from playing with dead things again, you'll be right back to calling me an idiot, won't you?”
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Mira Grant
“Remember how pissed you got when we had to do all that reading about the Rising back in sixth grade? I thought you were going to get us both expelled. You said the only way things could've gotten as bad as they did was if people were willing to take the first easy answer they could find and cling to it, rather than doing anything as complicated as actually thinking.”
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Mira Grant
“Shaun has working his audience into a frenzy down to a science; by the time he's done with them, they get excited by the mysterious discovery of pocket lint. It's impressive, but I'd rather watch him move. There's something wonderful about the way he lets go, becoming all energy and excitement as he outlines what's coming next. Maybe it's geeky for a girl my age to admit she still loves her brother. I don't care. I love him, and one day I'll bury him, and until then, I'm going to be grateful that I'm allowed to watch him talk.”
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Mira Grant
“Shaun get your sister her glasses. She looks naked without them. It's creeping me out.”
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Mira Grant
“...they come to us, these restless dead,
Shrouds woven from the words of men,
With trumpets sounding overhead
(The walls of hope have grown so thin
And all our vaunted innocence
Has withered in this endless frost)
That promise little recompense
For all we risk, for all we've lost...”
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Mira Grant
“Alive or dead, the truth won't rest. Rise up while you can.”
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Mira Grant
“Failure to die is always appreciated.”
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Mira Grant
“Nothing is impossible to kill. It's just that sometimes after you kill something you have to keep shooting it until it stops moving”
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Reading Progress

09/28/2011 page 0
0.0% "I'll start in a few days, but with all these books coming out every day I need to keep order in my reading list ;))"
11.0% "I just noticed that, for the first time ever, I have no idea about what's suppose to happen in the story.. I usually know EVERITHING about a book before reading it :)))" 3 comments
40.0% "Damn, i hate not having enough time to read :) i like the characters and maybe this is a bit creepy but i like the world too.." 2 comments
65.0% "Oh my, Buf, I didn't see THAT coming..."
100.0% ""Did they do the right thing?" (Georgia Mason, May 16, 2039)"
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Laura Oh, oh—so excited you added this! I loved, loved this book! :D

Ariana I've seen your updates on the second book and.. well, this sounds really good. I need to read it :)

Laura I am loving Deadline! I just love the zombie world. (Giggle, giggle)….when you do read it though—beware of spoilers! Two lovely friends gave me the heads up to avoid reviews for Feed and Deadline. Wendy’s review is spoiler free though—I know that for certain. Hope you like it as much as I did! I adore Shaun and George!

Ariana This will be my first zombie book, so I don't know what to expect from it :D But your enthusiasm is really contagious so I'm really intrigued now.
I'll put a private note in my review to remember to stay away from spoilers ;))

(BTW I just love the notes thingy and I wanted to say it out loud for everybody to listen, LOL - after reading the books I always keep there my random thoughts and it's great for when I have time to write the full review)

Laura Hahaha…Zombie love is contagious! ;) First one! Love it! I hope you love it—now I’m nervous. Hahaha….but Mira Grant will pull you in. She created such a vivid, detailed, scary world. It will break your heart.
I agree—the notes thing comes in handy!

Wendy Darling Yesss Ari, come join the Newsflesh love! (See Laura, I told you there was no place this series could be discussed that I wouldn't hear about it, hee hee.)

Laura Wendy Darling wrote: "Yesss Ari, come join the Newsflesh love! (See Laura, I told you there was no place this series could be discussed that I wouldn't hear about it, hee hee.)"

LOL! You make me smile & just add to the fun of this series! :D

Ariana Wendy Darling wrote: "Yesss Ari, come join the Newsflesh love!"

:)) I don't know what to say.. I'm scared of falling in love with it, what if it breaks my heart, huh? :)) LOL

Now really, you 2 are making me so curious. I'll go check where I can get this :)

Laura AH! YES!!!! Can't wait for updates! :)

Wendy Darling Um. It will break your heart, but you'll be glad it did. *cryptic*

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Ariana well, from time to time I think it's healthy to have a broken heart - though only while you're reading books =))

Wendy Darling Agreed!

Aly (Fantasy4eva) reminds me of Dark Inside. Reviews seem promising. Hope you like it Ari :)

Ariana So far so good - the beginning is great.
I'll get to read some more tonight.. yeei, can't wait! :D

Laura Okay! You are killing me, Ari! You have to give me something! Hahaha….Do you love it, hate it, haven’t had a chance to read much or get into it yet?
Spill it! :D No pressure though. ;)

Ariana I wish I had more time to read. I'm at 20% now and can't wait to get some more free time now, but this weekend I have friends visiting so there's no chance. i'll let you know when I start reading again :)

Laura I want to read it again now! :D Wonderful review, Ari! Loved the pics!
"carousel of emotions"--beautiful!!! Perfect description!

Ariana I think I want to read it again too, because you know how it is the first time: you want to get to the ending fast to see if everything's gonna be ok :)

There's just so much I love about this story, this world.. the main characters really got under my skin.. and (btw) I LOVE Shaun in "Deadline".
Georgia is more serious, so she was perfect for telling the first story, to make us understand how things work in this world, Shaun seems to be more like 'my type of character' (at least in the beginning), funny with all his craziness and sarcasm ;))

Laura I adore Shaun! He makes me giggle & smile. But he also breaks my heart! I love both of them though! Their relationship in Feed just made the whole thing for me! LOVE, LOVE this world! Hahah….I have to read it again now!!! :D
Keep me posted on Deadline!

Wendy Darling Love the review, Ari! :)

Donna This is the kind of review that makes me want to read this book NOW, even though I'm already in the middle of another book and there are other books in line ahead of it and it just has to wait its turn..... I don't read or like zombie books either, but I've heard so many wonderful things about Feed. The fact that you weren't a fan of zombies and also loved this book is encouraging.

Laura Hehe…Donna--you are so right! She makes me want to read it again! :)
Must read pile in front of me! Must resist the re-read for now anyway. :D
Wonderful review, Ari!

Ariana Well girls, I want to read it again too :)) and I loved the second book even more :D
And Donna, don't worry, this book is not really about zombies.. I loved the entire world described in this book, and I loved the main characters to pieces, and I love Shaun (yes, he is one of the main characters but i needed to repeat it), LOL

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