Review: Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant
Publisher:
 Orbit
Source:  Purchased
Horror
Newsflesh Trilogy
5/5 
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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.

REVIEW
Feed follows bloggers (and adoptive sister and brother) Georgia and Shaun Mason (and their respective teams) over a period of time as they cover a pivotal presidential election in a postapocalyptic US. After a virus, Kellis-Amberlee (originally meant to cure the common cold),runs rampant throughout the world, the US has slowly but surely rebuilt, reclaiming most of the country. There are however, areas of the country that cannot be retaken, and are teeming with zombies, who’s sole mission is to devour and infect. As Georgia and Shaun cover the campaign trail, things begin going horribly wrong, and knowing who to trust is becoming harder and harder. When people start dying, things get really serious.

Feed takes place in a world where blood tests greet you at every entry and exit, and hard justice is meted out on a daily basis. People have had to conform to a reality that includes not only constant blood testing, but safety measures on a grand scale, and skin to skin contact is now at a bare minimum. Public gathering? Forget about it, unless the area has been cleared for just that purpose. Kellis-Amberlee is a nasty, nasty little virus, yet Georgia lives with it on a daily basis, since she has a form of retinal KA that makes normal vision impossible. Georgia is our guiding voice here, and her strength and conviction comes across on every page, as does her absolute loyalty to her brother. Georgia is the sensible, pragmatic one, while Shaun takes chances that any sane person would scoff at, and they keep the ratings coming. Adopted by parents who’s biological child was killed during the Rising, Georgia and Shaun have built an unshakeable trust and dependency on each other, and it’s sometimes heartbreaking in it’s intensity.

From page one, Feed grabs you by your neck, and refuses to let you go. The narrative is interspersed with snippets from each character’s blogs, and at times, the pace is frantic. Yes, it has zombies, and there are some truly, truly terrifying moments, but the true meat, so to speak, of this novel is in its depiction of how the media affects us in our daily lives, and how it can not only save lives, but destroy them as well. It will certainly make you think about how much we count on the news to not only keep us informed but tell us the truth, and how sometimes that’s not the case. Feed was one of those rare novels where I fell in love with the characters, and there were parts that absolutely broke my heart. I exclaimed out loud a few times, and was also moved to tears. Feed is a Hugo nominee for this year, and there’s good reason for that. The amount of research that went into this story is enormous, and the author’s attention to detail is impeccable. Feed is a raw, emotional, postapocalyptic masterpiece that will keep you glued to the pages. I implore you to make this one of your Must Reads this year. I promise you won’t regret it.

19 Comments:

  1. Feed was probably my favorite read from 2010, it was just so much more than a Zombie book and I agree with you when you say it is a must read for really everyone. The ending is just WOW….I can't wait for the next book Deadline.

    Cheers!!!

    http://j9books.blogspot.com/

  2. Two Readers Reviews

    I am SO happy that you gave this such a great review! I have been dying to read it and it's currently on my wishlist! Guess I will be running out and buying it sooner than anticipated 🙂

  3. Another Book Junkie

    Great review!! I fell head over heels for this one, and cannot wait for the sequel. I cried. I very, very rarely cry while reading a book, and this was a ZOMBIE book. Never saw myself being moved by such a thing. Absolutely amazing.

  4. J-9, Two Readers, Another Book Junkie-Thanks so much, guys:) It was pretty awesome, wasn't it?

  5. Great review and a new book on my tbr list…zombies or not, the media is a topic close to my heart! Thanks a lot!

  6. Its on my TBR list! I'm not a zombie fan at all but it sounds so good and you make it sound even better so I have to get it now, no doubt 🙂

    Sandy
    My Manga Giveaway

  7. Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad)

    I really enjoyed this one and I am looking forward to Deadline being released in a couple of months time!

  8. Anachronist-Thank you! It's wonderful!

  9. Jules,
    DEADLINE is out at the end of this month!! Keep an eye out for my early review!

  10. Feed was one of my favourite books of last year as well – the writing, the characters, the plot, the world are all fabulous! I've had Deadline on pre-order for ages and can't wait for it to come out. Great review – can't think that you missed anything there! 🙂

  11. Wow. This review is pretty stellar. I was recently gifted this book and I really need to move it up the pile. 🙂

  12. This book has been on my to-read list since I first saw a mention of it a couple of weeks ago.

    Great review.

  13. Bookish Brunette

    YAY! I SOOOOO need to read this!! I'm totally obsessed with zombies right now!

  14. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh I'm so glad that I bought it! I don't know how I missed your review! I love it when these stories have strong characters. Now to just find the time to sit and read it. Mmmmm… brains… (sorry couldn't resist).

  15. Offbeat Vagabond

    Oh my goodness, this sounds like the perfect book for me. I love a great post-apocalyptic zombie book and this sounds like the one I need to read. Great review hon, happy to see you really loved it. Thank you 🙂

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  18. !!!! This is why I read your blog EVERY day. And it’s almost my birthday, so I have an excuse to splurge on this one. 🙂 Can’t wait to read it!

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