[503]: Feed by Mira Grant

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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.