Audiobook review and recommended.
Feed by Mira Grant has the best use of a zombie plot device of any book I’ve read to create a believable and fascinating future. Instead of the population becoming primarily zombies, only about a third of the population becomes zombies. These zones of zombies are then cut off from the rest of the population. The regular population has changed the way they live in order for outbreaks not to happen. People are routinely blood-tested and there are a lot of regulations in place to stop a possible outbreak. Because the mainstream media covered up the zombie outbreak by denying the existence of zombies, most of the world now gets their news from bloggers. It was the bloggers and the small news outlets that shared the truth and saved people’s lives. Our current story is following a group of bloggers as they climb the ratings ladder and get the ultimate job of joining the press team of a Presidential primary.
Our main characters are Georgia and Shaun, sister and brother, that were adopted by newsies, and became news bloggers themselves. Shaun is an Irwin, a person that takes an extreme risk in the field to entertain viewers. Georgia is a Newsie, someone that honors the truth above all else. Buffy is their friend, popular fiction writer, and tech master that joined this team of bloggers. Now that they are following the Presidential race, their readers will know that they will cover their candidate 100% honestly; however, when bad things start to happen, there is no telling who to trust.
I loved this book and the reason I loved it was for two reasons. The first reason is that Mira Grant created a very believable post-zombie world. I didn’t want another zombie apocalypse story and Feed gave me something new, a zombie story that changed the culture of America. I thought the idea of trusting bloggers instead of mainstream media to be brilliant and this book felt about 5 years ahead of its time when it was written in 2010. So many of the current political culture debates can be seen in this book but with zombies as the catalyst and not terrorists. I thought this was just a smart and clever world that Grant created.
The other reason I loved this book was because I loved the character of Georgia. Georgia is a non-apologetic female character that puts her brother first and her mission to tell the truth next. At first, I thought that Georgia and Shaun’s relationship was a bit off but the more the book went on the more this co-dependency made sense with this world. Georgia cares very little about having a romantic interest or really what people think of her. She is there to do a job and she wants to do it to the best of her ability. I just really appreciated a character like Georgia in a book like this because it showcased her sense of purpose and will. I want more female characters that are unapologetic about the passions in their life.
The plot has its ups and downs. It can be great when focused on the characters with so many unpredictable points but when it focuses on the actual political intrigue, it flounders slightly into predictability. The writing is solid and the heart aspect of the book is tied to its great 3 main characters. I do think that the audiobook is better than the physical book as there are two narrators in the audiobook. I just really loved the characters and setting in this book.
21/25 Possible Score
4 – Plot
5 – Characters
4 – World Building Setting
4 – Writing Style
4 – Heart & Mind Aspect