Narrator: Jesse Bernstein, Paula Christensen
Length: 15 hours, 10 min
Release Date: May 1st, 2010
Series: Newsflesh #1
Genres: New Adult, Politics & Government, Post Apocalyptic, Zombies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.