Series: Newsflesh #1
Published by Orbit on May 1st 2010
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Reading Challenges: 2016 Horror Reading Challenge, COYER Summer Vacation
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.
Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.
FEED is the electrifying and critically acclaimed novel of a world a half-step from our own---a novel of geeks, zombies, politics and social media.
“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.”
Feed by Mira Grant is one of the first ebooks I bought on iBooks when I bought my first iPad five years ago. I was going through a zombie phase, yet for some reason I never got around to reading this book. Now all of these years later I finally have read it, and wonder what took me so long. Feed, like The Walking Dead, has zombies but is about more than the living dead. It’s about people, and the lengths they’ll go to survive. Some of these lengths help their fellow-man, while others are self-serving. It turns out, there are scarier things than the living dead.
The infection was created when scientist worked to cure cancer and the common cold. What they didn’t know, however, is that when the two cures mix they cause the dead to rise. Now twenty years have passed, and there seems to be no cure for the zombie virus in sight. Georgia and Shaun Mason are bloggers who decide to join up with a Presidential campaign and enhance their ratings. Along the way, they stumble into a conspiracy that just might kill them.
“This is the truth: We are a nation accustomed to being afraid. If I’m being honest, not just with you but with myself, it’s not just the nation, and it’s not just something we’ve grown used to. It’s the world, and it’s an addiction. People crave fear. Fear justifies everything. Fear makes it okay to have surrendered freedom after freedom, until our every move is tracked and recorded in a dozen databases the average man will never have access to. Fear creates, defines, and shapes our world, and without it, most of us would have no idea what to do with ourselves. Our ancestors dreamed of a world without boundaries, while we dream new boundaries to put around our homes, our children, and ourselves. We limit our potential day after day in the name of a safety that we refuse to ever achieve. We took a world that was huge with possibility, and we made it as small as we could.”
I really enjoyed the conversational tone of the writing. It felt as if I was talking directly with Georgia and Shaun, which made the story hard to put down. Readers go on a journey with these bloggers as they search for the truth, and find more danger around every corner. Grant wrote a suspenseful political thriller, and even got a few zombie attacks in along the way. If you are expecting mindless zombies chewing on the living, you’ll get that, but that’s not really what this book is about. It’s about the politics at play that allow some to profit off of this virus, while others suffer. Not only that, but it’s a spotlight on the cult of celebrity.
Georgia and Shaun live in a world where people are addicted to fear and reality. Reality shows, social media, and virtual celebrities are the norm. Bloggers just don’t report the news or their stories anymore. Now they’re licensed to go into hazardous areas, and carry firearms. This is a world where you can die just by getting on an elevator with someone you don’t know. I was pleasantly surprised at how thought-provoking this novel turned out to be, and can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy.