Feed by Mira Grant
I’ve just finished reading Feed by Mira Grant.
To quote the back of the jacket “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.”
Georgia and Shaun are brother and sister, adopted by ambitious parents but not biologically related. They’re both bloggers – Georgia is a Newsie – she reports the news and sticks to the facts, Shaun is an Irwin – which means he walks on the wild side a bit – in other words he takes risks and literally dices with death by putting himself in the way of danger, or more importantly zombies and Buffy, who is their friend and co-worker is a fictional (not to mention a rather dab hand with the electronics). Being a fictional is pretty much as it sounds so she writes stories and poems, purely fictional, although grounded in fact.
The three of them have their own blogs and are rising in popularity but they also work together. Blogs have become the new way of reporting the news, people no longer trust the traditional methods and the blogosphere is faster and usually more accurate. I must admit that I thought this was interesting and I liked the way that the story was scattered with pieces from the blogs.
But, to be honest, I don’t think this book was totally for me – not because it isn’t a good book because it really is – but because it wasn’t what I expected and so I probably wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I guess I was expecting a story about zombies but this isn’t really that. This is more a story about how the world carries on afterwards, how people, adapt and change in order to cope. So the zombies are there, they’re in the background but they’re not the main focus of the story – they’re more like the background that has supplied the catalyst for the story. The major catastrophe has happened, people have died (not everyone though) and the survivors have taken back certain territory and learnt how to protect themselves and continue to function and have ‘almost’ normal lives. The country is split into zones, depending on the level of danger and people are restricted as to which zones they can enter.
Rather than a zombie/horror story this is more a political thriller. I thought the writing was very good with lots of attention to detail and the story and characters were well developed. This story takes off when the three find themselves as reporters on a political campaign. This is basically a make or break for their careers and is a first for any presidential candidate. The outcome will be far from what they expected however and will devastate their little trio.
So, whilst I think this is a really good book I think I should have been a bit clearer about what I was getting into. I do enjoy this type of novel but in this instance I was expecting more of a horror story and so I felt somewhat disappointed – I only have myself to blame for that! Also, whilst I enjoy a certain level of detail I did think that there was quite a bit of repetition in this book and some of the detail didn’t really bring anything to the story. For example we seem to look at every sort of means possible for checking people to see if there blood is clean and frankly I could have just heard about a couple of the checks and then in future be told the check had taken place, or we were constantly reminded about Georgia’s retinal disorder and her need to constantly wear sunglasses – to be honest, and I’m ashamed to admit it, but I skimmed a lot of parts like this because I became a bit tired of them and in that respect I think the book could have been edited more which might have made it a bit more dramatic.
That being said I have to admit this is a good book. I think that if you like political intrigue, a well thought out story with all bases covered and a level of detail that answers all your little niggles you will enjoy this read as it’s very well thought out and leaves no stone unturned. If however you’re looking more for a zombie/horror story this might not be for you.