5 Things About Feed by Mira Grant

May 25, 2016 Review 22 ★★★★

5 Things About Feed by Mira Grant
Feed by Mira Grant
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Narrator: Jesse Bernstein, Paula Christensen
Publisher: Hatchette
Source: Borrowed
Length: 15 hours, 10 min
Release Date: May 1st, 2010
Series: Newsflesh #1
Genres: New Adult, Politics & Government, Post Apocalyptic, Zombies
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The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten 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, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

Blogging plays a big role

This is the first book I’ve read where blogging paid a big role! And I loved how integral it was to the story. Blog posts give glimpses into other characters POVs and events the main story line didn’t go into, as well as helped deepen the emotional connection or in some cases obliterate your feels. Blogging was also a main drive of the characters, as they chased ratings and tried to grow their audience. It was kind of relateable, though I don’t know if I could ever blog on a scale like After the End Times.

Plausible zombies

One of the best things about FEED was how well Grant explained the science behind the zombies. You all know that, as a veterinary science student, I’m a massive science nerd. I know a lot about viruses, how they mutate and combine, what trouble they can cause. The Kellis-Amberle virus and the science behind it actually sounds plausible. Which is scary and awesome. Grant goes into a lot of detail on how it came about, how it transforms and mutates, but in a way that anyone could understand it.

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Sarcasm come at me

I am slightly sarcastic. Slightly. So sarcasm and sass is my favourite type of humour to read about. Lucky for us Georgia is a very cynical and blunt girl. Every now and then she’d make some offhand remark that was just brilliant and hilarious. I loved it.

Bloody politics

FEED centres on bloggers following the national election in post apocalyptic US so while there are a lot of zombies, there are also a lot of politics. These scenes were interesting and added intrigue to the plot, but compared to the action scenes it was kind of boring. The politics definitely slowed down the pace a few times.

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It punches you right in the feels

Right at the end the twists begin and oh my god they’re good twists. People aren’t safe in this world. People die. And Grant made sure to make it hurt. I got attached to these characters and then stuff happens and I just… It’s brilliant but my emotions can’t handle this torture. I need more.

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FEED is my first proper zombie book and it was a bloody fantastic one. Though the political aspects could drag it out at times, the characters made it humourous and right at the end there were some twists that hit the emotions hard. I’m so glad I finally picked up this series and cannot wait to continue. 

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Overall: 4.1

22 Responses to “5 Things About Feed by Mira Grant”

  1. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    I AM SO EXCITED YOU FINALLY READ MY FAVOURITE BOOK AND LOVED IT. How awesome were the zombie virus, blogging and political angles? This punched me in the feels so much that I couldn’t pick up the following book for years.

    • Bec

      It was so cool! I hope I can get my hands on the sequel soon. Unfortunately the library doesn’t have it on audio :(

    • Bec

      I have achieved the book bloggers dream! I hope you enjoy these if/ when you get to read it :D

    • Bec

      Most books don’t go into as much detail as Feed did about how zombies came about. It was so interesting!

      Glad I could remind you about this series haha

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I’m not big on zombies – and I think it’s because they’re plausible. And if the science here is logical, I don’t think I could handle it…I’d get too freaked out LOL! The blogging aspect sounds cool though! And I like the fact that the deaths had a huge impact. Sometimes in books when secondary characters die you don’t really care but it’s nice to know that wasn’t the case here^^ If ever I turn into less of a scaredy cat, I’ll have to check this one out haha!
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    • Bec

      Haha the science makes it terrifying but also so much more interesting. Hopefully you can bring yourself to read it someday :D

  3. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I can’t read a TON of zombie books (they give me nightmares), but I try to find one or 2 good ones per year bc I really wish I could read more of them. This one sounds so good!! It’s been on my TBR, but I can’t remember ever seeing that many people talk about it… and I love the blogging aspect!! SO COOL!
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    • Bec

      Definitely recommend this as a zombie book you should read as part of that quota! It’s so interesting.

  4. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    This remains my all-time favorite book. I adore everything about it, including the things you mentioned: science, sarcasm and the awful twists. I really got invested in the politics, too, so it didn’t bother me when they slowed things down a bit. Wonderful review.
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    • Bec

      It’s so great! I think if I wasn’t reading this during uni and had lots of interruptions I may have gotten more into the politics aspect.

      Thanks :D

  5. Jordon @ SImply Adrift

    I loved Feed! I wasn’t actually going to read it but one day I thought ‘Why not?’, then I regretted that I hadn’t picked it up earlier. It was done so well and I love that the zombies weren’t the main focus of the story but were more of a hindrance. I loved that the world had learnt to survive and become normal again even though there were zombies outside the walls. Zombies weren’t as feared, people went about their daily lives and just hoped they didn’t need to kill a zombie that day. It was done so well!

    I also loved the science behind the zombies, I didn’t study science like yourself but I’m a person that needs science to back everything up. If the science fails, then I can’t suspend my suspense of belief and will most likely put the book down believing it’s unresearched fluff. I was so happy to read the science in Feed isn’t bullshit!

    I haven’t read the second book yet, the first book ended so surprisingly that I needed to take a break. Your review has made me want to pick the next book up!
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    • Bec

      I had a few people bugging me to read it and when I saw the library had the audio I couldn’t resist anymore!

      I’m terrified for the sequel but so excited fore more! Hopefully we can read it soon :D

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