[503]: Feed by Mira Grant


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Audio | Orbit | May 1st, 2010 | Adult Horror | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This book was not what I expected at all. It’s not the typical zombies apocalypse I’ve read and enjoyed in the past. I’m sure most of you have read this series already, but me being late in the game is not really news. 2015 is turning out to be the year when I finally get on some bandwagons. I’ve always felt like this series was out of my reach, somehow. I’m glad I finally discovered what the hoopla was all about.

Unlike its contemporaries, Feed offers a different perspective. The world still has a semi-functioning way of life. It’s hard to imagine a zombie book where bloggers make up a sizeable share of the media; and where technology is not completely obsolete; where you can still travel and fly, and Coke is still something that people can easily avail of. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that the world was changed. That somewhere close to where life was still being lived, are the undead looking for their next meal.

While some books focuses on how terrible life had been since the contagion, Feed focuses in the political arena. Particularly, a Republican senator’s bid for presidency. Along the way, the Mason siblings will uncover conspiracy that will lead to massacre and deaths. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. In some ways, it reminds me of the ingenuity of World War Z. While it tends to be dry, there was no denying how well constructed this novel is. The world may be confusing at times, and some readers may find the necessary info-dumping a bit daunting. I thought this book was better listened to than read. Regardless, this book is a little bundle of suspenseful terror.

As far as characters go, I’m a little weirded out by this siblings’ relationship. They have such a closeness that easily be misconstrued/misinterpreted. It doesn’t help that they’re not really blood-related. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. But I think George said it best when people quirked their eyebrows at the thought of them sharing a hotel room (two beds): screw social norms!

I’m glad I finally found this novel out. While it bears repeating that it’s every bit as great as everyone proclaims it to be, I think this is the kind of book that works for certain types of readers. If you don’t mind long narratives, and a proliferation of technical argot, Feed will sate your hunger for a different take on the tired zombies lore.

  • I was talking to Sarah from Curvy Blogger last night on voxer and she was telling Blessie and I how good this book is! She had me pretty much sold on the story including bloggers and zombies, and this review has pushed me to make the purchase, great review as usual girl 🙂

  • You are not the only one who is late to this bandwagon – I haven’t read it either but I am intrigued. I am NOT a Zombie book person but this one might seem more up my ally since it’s not your typical zombie book. I imagine I will get around to it eventually….

  • Hmmm, I can’t wait to see your reaction to book three…. hehe~

  • Hm, while the book does sound intriguing, I’m not exactly a fan of zombies in my books, so I don’t see myself reading this, even though I love them in movies or Tv shows, but I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Ohhhh, I’m so glad you enjoyed this Joy, I still haven’t read it yet but have the series sitting on my bookshelf as well. I’m a big fan of zombies, but more so the world building around them. I’m morbid like that and love a rabid crisis. It’s hard to imagine having he living dead shuffling through your street while you’re getting home from work, cooking dinner, or packing the kids up for school. Most YA seems to go from outbreak, to the world has turned to shit. I can’t wait to read how we function in the in between.

    Fantastic review Joy, you’ve got me super excited to start the series now too! <3

  • I really enjoyed this novel as well but haven’t picked up the sequels yet as FEED was so long and hard to read. It didn’t keep me engaged throughout much of the first half but, gosh, my patience really was rewarded. Curious to see what you make of the rest of the trilogy, Joy!

  • I’m not a fan of zombies but since this has a very different twist to it, I’m gonna have to check this one out. I honestly slept through the whole World War Z movie, lol. Awesome review, Joy! 😀

  • Christy

    I was contemplating this for my son, but I kind of don’t think he’ll get into it. He’s almost finished with World War Z right now, and it took him 60% to finally get into that one. I still want to read this, though.

  • This really does sound good! Love a good zombie read. Are the kids like step-relatives, I wonder. Great review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Iffy sbling relationship, huh. I felt that when reading the first two books of Cassandra Clare’s MOrtal Instruments. It was so icky!

  • Great review Joy 😀 I’m glad you liked this book. <3 But I remember your tweets.. it ends pretty badly? NO THANK YOU, lol 😀 but it do seem kind of different. But yeah. Probably not for me, hah ;p and weird sibling relationship? I'm not sure I like that. Sigh. But glad the other parts of the book are pretty good 🙂

  • The sibling relationship reminds me of a series when step-siblings fall in love – it was a mystery series by Charlene Harris and it wasn’t too weird… definitely an adjustment from the norm. Definitely intrigued by this and I’m like you always last to the party lol I just purchased the book and received it the week before last. Need to read it asap!

  • I still haven´t read this book, I´m still not sure if I like zombies books, but I like the sounds of this one.
    thanks for your review.

  • I have this series on my TBR! I’m glad it was a successful read for you. And zombies! How can you go wrong with them. TBH, I think I would be a bit weirded out by the siblings relationship too, but as long as it’s there for a purpose, I won’t mind it too much.
    Great review!

  • I like the sound of a number of things about this one Joy, but I will say I think I’ll struggle with some of the info-dumps, necessary as they may be, and the fact that the story overall can be a bit dry and the world confusing. The premise is hugely intriguing though and I’m glad she brings something entirely new to the zombie table! Gorgeous review:)

  • Believe it or not, this is one I haven’t tried or even heard of! *gasp* 😛
    I am not a huge zombie fan but I think I just might like this one.

  • So many of my blogger friends have loved this. But I have resisted because … zombies. I usually find zombies much too creepy and just not compelling enough. I mean, vampires have somewhat of a personality and even werewolves have a furry appeal. But zombies are just … yuck. Anyway, you have made me somewhat tempted to try this. ” A little bundle of suspenseful terror?” lol
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Hmm, this does sound interesting. I must say I like when the whole world goes to hell when over taken by zombies. But, this sounds quite refreshing and I may give it a try. Great review Joy! :]

  • It was not for me, I do like her other books but this narrative was not my style. It happens

  • I heard a lot about this book and as I told you I love what she writes under the Seanan McGuire penname. So I confess I curious to try her other books. Plus, Zombies? difficult to resist that lol. Great review!