My uncle lent me a book, Feed, by Mira Grant because he thought I would appreciate it because of its emphasis on blogging (since blogs are a major part of my job) and zombies, of course. Social media and zombies? Sounds like the perfect combination to me. I was more than willing to give this book a shot.
Feed takes place in the future after “The Rising,” a time when zombies started to roam the Earth after a cure for cancer gone wrong. The book follows the political campaign of Senator Peter Ryman of Wisconsin, who’s seeking to become the President of the United States. Ryman hires a team of bloggers, Georgia, Shaun and Buffy, to work with and get the best possible coverage for his hopeful rise to presidency. These bloggers prove to be a great asset, but they certainly encounter their fair share of bumps along the way, whether it’s flesh-eating zombies or not knowing who to trust anymore when things start to get fishy.
The story is told in first person by Georgia Mason, the head of her team. I loved the on-page relationship that Georgia had with her brother, Shaun, who was my favorite character. Shaun is the fun-loving, somewhat immature, adventurous brother, while Georgia is a bit more on the serious side and she’s definitely not one to mess with. Georgia and Shaun’s relationship reminded me a lot of the relationship I have with my twin sister, Dana, which is why I think I liked them so much. It’s always nice when you can find a person or relationship in a book that you can relate to.
I really enjoyed Feed a lot. For those of you who are thinking “why would I want to read a book about zombies?,” it’s not as zombiefied as you might think. The book has a great storyline and the zombies just make it more interesting and exciting. It’s a definite pageturner; there were times when I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to see what was going to happen next.
I give Feed 5/5 stars. If you’re a fan of social media and zombies, like me, this is a book for you. Also, if you’re a fan of thriller-type fiction, definitely give Feed a read. Feed is the first book, of three, in Mira’s Newsflesh triology. I’m reading the second book, Deadline, on my NOOK right now and the story resumes right where it left off. There’s an interesting transition in between the first and second books… quite the twist, but I won’t give anything away. Read and find out for yourself!
After reading this book, I really wanted to tell Mira how much I enjoyed it so I e-mailed her, asking if she’d like to answer some questions for Far Eric Movement. She got back to me and agreed to it! I’m very excited to have Mira as the first guest on my blog. Be on the lookout for the Q&A sometime soon!