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Review: Feed

October 8, 2010

In the year 2014, cancer is cured and it looks like the common cold might be as well.  When the untested cure for the cold is stolen and released into the atmosphere, it creates a new virus and zombies are born.  The news media lies and jokes that people have been watching too many movies and blogging and bloggers suddenly become a respected news source, because they’re telling the truth.  All those infected want to do is feed on the uninfected, so great measures are put in place to protect people.

More than twenty years later, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason and Buffy Meissonier have applied and been accepted to accompany and report on the Presidential campaign of Senator Peter Ryman.  They’re terribly excited about the opportunity – not only will it be good for ratings and their credibility, but it gives them someone and something to believe in.  They believe Senator Ryman can do great things for the country.  They’re riding high when things start to go wrong – now they’re not sure who or what to believe in.

Feed by Mira Grant is so much fun!  It’s exciting, gripping and entertaining.  If someone would have told me that I would have liked a zombie book so much, I would never have believed them, but like it I did!  I think it worked for me because it’s really more like a political thriller than a zombie novel.  Sure there were zombies in there, but they weren’t the focus of the book – the Presidential campaign and reporting the truth were. There was enough mystery and intrigue to hook me and keep me interested throughout.

I listened to the audio version, which is narrated by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein.  I have to say, Paula Christensen is the best narrator for this book – her voice is perfect for the part and I found that I looked forward to hearing her – she is Georgia Mason to me.  The audio version of the book lasts approximately 15 hours, but it didn’t feel like that at all – the time I spent listening to this book flew by.  I discovered that Feed is the first book in a planned Newsflesh trilogy and I am looking forward to the rest of the series!

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
42 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2010 6:42 am

    Yay for the bloggers! As over-zombied as today’s literary world feels, I’d read this. I wrote it down originally when I saw the review in EW, then you reminded me of it. I need to see if I can get this on audio.

  2. Diane permalink
    October 8, 2010 6:48 am

    Interesting plot…LOL Glad this one worked for you, but I am not sure it would be for me. I am listening to Poisonwood B bile and it is very very good.

  3. October 8, 2010 7:42 am

    I haven’t tried a zombie book yet, but this one sounds interesting!

  4. October 8, 2010 8:05 am

    This one sounds like such fun! Great review – you made me want to run out and get my hands on a copy. I love how bloggers are a part of it – YAY! Definitely on my TBR now. Thanks!!

  5. October 8, 2010 8:29 am

    I’m not really a zombie fan, but I agree this sounds more like a thriller rather than the normal zombie book.

    PS I laughed at the comment that in the year 2014 the common cold is cured b/c if the book Ah-Choo is correct then this is the stuff of science fiction. LOL

  6. October 8, 2010 8:52 am

    Sounds better than The Passage. …

  7. October 8, 2010 9:30 am

    I know there is another book out there with the same title, so I was confused for a moment, but this actually sounds like the better of the two books. I haven’t read any books about zombies yet, which is hard to believe, since they are all over the place!! I also like that this book features bloggers. I am going to be adding this one to my list and making time for it. It sounds like a great read! Wonderful review, Kathy!

  8. October 8, 2010 9:40 am

    oh, very, very cool! I have been looking for a new audio book to get…is it out yet? I have 3 credits on my audible account and NEED an audio book for when I take my dog walking/running…or really, um, dragging, me….shhh, don’t tell the dog whisperer! I love your review! must…get…a….copy….

  9. October 8, 2010 11:05 am

    I haven’t had luck with zombie books, but this one does sound like a great read.

  10. October 8, 2010 12:35 pm

    I am glad to hear you enjoyed. I would be a bit reluctant to read it as I have enjoyed any zombie books yet. Boneshaker left me cold.

  11. October 8, 2010 12:44 pm

    I have to say that I’m really surprised that you liked a zombie book this much. Makes me re-think my initial reaction.

  12. October 8, 2010 1:11 pm

    I’ve never read a zombie book but this one sounds interesting. I love how it includes bloggers. I’ve never listened to an audio book. Maybe I’ll have to branch out and try one.

  13. October 8, 2010 1:37 pm

    Sounds like a fun and different book. Glad the audio was enjoyable, another one I’ll have to check out my library to see if the audio is available.

  14. October 8, 2010 1:37 pm

    Zombies, I hate them..totally want to read this one then and scare myself

  15. October 8, 2010 1:49 pm

    Kathy, this must be one heck of a Zombie story! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  16. October 8, 2010 2:37 pm

    WOW sounds as though Feed passed your expectations. Great narrator to boot too.

    One day, I’ll do an audio book… I promise.

  17. October 8, 2010 2:54 pm

    I usually walk away at the mention of zombies, but I might just look into this one! Thanks for the review.

  18. October 8, 2010 3:11 pm

    Ok so I’ve never read a zombie book or any paranormal, vampire book because I didn’t think I would like it (except Twilight because of all the hype) but your review has me very curious! I’m putting this on my list.
    Thanks,
    Natalie :0)

  19. October 8, 2010 4:44 pm

    ohh i haven’t read a zombie book in forever, but it sounds perfect for halloween.

  20. October 8, 2010 5:28 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! It’s on my TBR pile and I’ve been keeping it for Halloween. Can’t wait to read it!

  21. October 8, 2010 6:04 pm

    gosh, I am a bit zombied out this season.
    but it does sound fun.

  22. October 8, 2010 6:30 pm

    Old concept but new method of execution! I like it – esp the fact that bloggers are respected more than media people! Yay!

  23. October 8, 2010 7:06 pm

    I do not think I have ever read a Zombie book, however I have learned never to say never.

  24. October 8, 2010 9:17 pm

    I’m picking this one up tomorrow from my library for my son and a student of mine who wants to read this. Now I think before I return it I need to read it!

  25. October 8, 2010 10:14 pm

    Oooooh I think I should check this one out… I’ve actually enjoyed zombie books lately (TOTALLY surprised myself) but I do know that I enjoy a good political thriller and this sounds like a good mix!

  26. October 9, 2010 12:16 am

    The premise sounds interesting even though I’m not into zombies. I like the idea of a cancer-free world!

  27. givingreadingachance permalink
    October 9, 2010 9:32 am

    Wow! Bloggers 🙂
    I am glad this is good, because I would simply want to read this one 🙂

  28. October 9, 2010 9:42 am

    A zombie book! Political thriller! Bloggers! OK, I’m sold.

  29. October 9, 2010 1:50 pm

    I’m seeing Twitter talk and reviews of this one going up like gangbusters right now. It sounds like a book I need to add to my pile!

  30. October 9, 2010 8:33 pm

    Zombies AND bloggers!!!???? How can I resist!? Love the RSS feed symbol on the cover!

  31. October 9, 2010 10:39 pm

    Oh, my goodness!! Love the idea of this one — and like everyone else, a book about bloggers dealing with politics and a few zombies thrown in there for good measure? I love it!!

  32. October 10, 2010 1:55 am

    This does sound like a fun book! Such an interesting premise!

  33. October 10, 2010 9:05 am

    I’m not into political thrillers, but this one sounds different enough, that it may work for me.
    So glad you enjoyed this and thanks for the recommendation Kathy 🙂

  34. October 10, 2010 10:34 am

    Zombies are a BIT overdone right now, but I would definitely pick this up! I probably never would have it on my radar if it wasn’t for your review- thanks!

  35. October 10, 2010 2:18 pm

    I think I might also really like this!

  36. stacybuckeye permalink
    October 10, 2010 5:31 pm

    I’m not much for zombies, but you’ve convinced me this one might be an exception. Adding it to my TBR list.

  37. October 10, 2010 9:28 pm

    Loved this book when I read it earlier this year. I cannot wait for number two.

  38. October 11, 2010 9:40 am

    So – you really liked this zombie book? Okay, Kathy, I’ll take your word for it. I do like that the main characters are bloggers. I’ll give it a try.

  39. October 12, 2010 1:46 pm

    I bet my husband would really enjoy this book. You’ve made me curious, too.

  40. October 13, 2010 9:15 am

    I started this book on audio, but put it aside because the zombies angle didn’t really appeal to me. I’ll have to go back and try it again!

  41. October 13, 2010 9:30 pm

    I love the series name: Newsflesh. How cool. I really want to read this even more now. Glad you enjoyed it.

  42. October 14, 2010 9:10 pm

    I like the way it started out but I do not know about zombies – not my reading style I think.

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