Feed by Mira Grant

Published: 2010 Genre: post-apocalyptic zombie fiction Length: 571 pages Setting: the U.S., 2039 Interest: I put it on my reading list when it first came out (yes, my reading list is full of books that have been on it a long time). I finally got around to reading it because I wanted something I was fairly certain I would enjoy, after a string of bad books (Rabbit is Rich and The Volunteer). Summary: Our main characters are a brother and sister blogging team, living in a world where there are zombies trying to bite and infect you. Georgie is a Newsie, meaning she tries to present the facts straight up, while Shaun is an Irwin, so he looks for the dangerous situations as often as possible. They, along with their Fictional associate, Buffy, are selected to cover the campaign of Senator Peter Rynman as he runs for President. They’re able to cover two major zombie outbreaks associated with the campaign. Shaun and Georgia uncover evidence of a conspiracy trying to assassinate Rynman using zombies (a big no-no in the zombie-filled world). Final thoughts: As anticipated, a most excellent book for many reasons. Most of those reasons spoil the plot, so if you like zombies, stop reading the review and just read the book first. Then you can come back and see if you agree with my opinion. You’ve been warned. I loved Georgia as the narrator. She has a strong voice and because she’s a Newsie, it makes sense that she explain the situation and provide backstory. I was also impressed with the world-building. There’s a reasonable, scientific explanation for the zombie epidemic – we’ve cured the common cold! And cancer! Oh, and those two cures interact in your body to reanimate your corpse and turn you into a flesh-eating zombie. Oops! The CDC is suddenly the most powerful agency in the U.S. as well, and the bloggers have become an important source of news. The traditional news sources blew off evidence of the zombie outbreak while people were dying. And George Romero, whose zombie movies turned out to be prophetic, is a world hero. I was heartbroken when Georgia was infected. She was the voice of the book – how you can kill her? I’ll be curious to see how the next book in the series works with Shaun as the narrator instead. Title comes from: Two uses of the word – there’s the obvious zombies feeding on the living, but it’s also a reference to an RSS feed (the symbol on the cover) since the main characters are bloggers. Reading challenges fulfilled: 63/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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