Book Review: “Feed” by Mira Grant

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.

Let’s start with the obvious: this book needs to be made into a movie. Yesterday. It’s that good. I want to know how books like Feed can exist in the world and yet The Hunger Games is the one that turns into a blockbuster movie deal out of nowhere. This is a problem. A very, very serious problem. The Hunger Games is good, and will make for a good trilogy of movies, but it isn’t as good as Feed would be on the big screen. Period. End of discussion.

Once again I owe Carrie over at The Mad Reviewer credit for turning me on to this book, much like she did with Cinder a few weeks back. Apparently our taste in science fiction zombie thrillers is very near to the same in some way. I’ll be passing the favor along to anyone who will listen and is willing to read the book themselves.

Feed does something that a lot of zombie stories never seems to do: puts the zombies in the light of being a fact of life and not a complete 24/7 emergency. Instead, Feed allows the main characters of Georgia and Shaun Mason to step to the forefront. This allows Feed to turn from a typical zombie thriller into a marvelous tale of two siblings just trying to survive in a world where zombies are a fact of life.

As a matter of fact, Georgia and Shaun are probably two of the most in-depth, believable, and amazing characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. Mira Grant does a tremendous job of writing her characters in a way that the reader simply cannot help but latch onto them with both hands and refuse to let go, even when terrible things happen to those characters. I’ll admit that I had a few moments where I got rather worked up and angry because I cared so much for the characters and I couldn’t believe the ordeal they were being put through.

I can’t go into much detail about the plot and major events in the text because it would be far too easy to give away spoilers that would ruin the book for potential readers, but let it suffice to say that Georgia and Shaun are put through the ringer and the end result is absolutely fascinating.

The best part about Feed? The fact that the two main characters are bloggers. Georgia and Shaun run their own blogging network and they have an entire staff of writers and administrators that keep things running as smoothly as possible. In Feed the traditional media had spurned the original outbreak of the Kellis-Amberlee virus as a hoax, but the bloggers treated it for what it really was: serious business. As a result, bloggers became the go-to source for the truth as far as the news was concerned. It’s absolutely fascinating to see how Mira Grant incorporates the world of blogging into the story, especially as I am a blogger myself. It allowed me to connect with the book even more than I thought possible. It quite literally was a perfect storm of awesome.

So, end result? READ. THIS. BOOK! You will not regret it, I promise.

Grade: AA
Length: 609 pages

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: “Feed” by Mira Grant

  1. Okay, you’ve convinced me to buy it, but please tell me that if this book is part of a series, the whole series has been released. Because I almost jumped through the internet to strangle you after reading Cinder, Caleb. F’reals.

    • Yes, it is the first book in a trilogy. Yes, all of the books are currently available. The final book was released just a few months ago. No need to commit interweb strangling, thank you very much. 🙂

  2. You have convinced me to read this series.

    I went through your reading list, and there is no place to leave a comment there, so I thought I will add my recommendations to your reading list here.

    Since you appear to like fantasy a lot, the Eragon series by Christopher Paolini is a must. So are the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. I have just started reading her “Oberlander” books now. So don’t know how they are yet. You should also expand into science fiction with the near-future science fiction of Michael Crichton. He would always choose the latest hot topic in the science world, expand it logically to the limits of its application and then scare the bejesus out of the reader. For lighter reads, I also loved “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” by Paul Torday, although his later books are as funny.

      • I have to second funnyphuppo’s Inheritance Cycle recommendation, although the ending is kind of disappointing (at least to me). And Suzanne Collins’ Overlander series is good, but it’s for younger readers age 11-13 in the writing style, if not the violence. I still enjoyed it more than The Hunger Games and frequently re-read it.

        On another note I personally have to recommend Earth Abides by George R. Stewart. It’s not zombie fiction, but it’s post-apocalyptic fiction of the highest order. And it was written in 1949, if you can believe it!

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