Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Review: Feed by Mira Grant

A book about a post-zombie-apocalypse world where the heros are bloggers?  Yes, please.  After the zombie apocalypse, bloggers became the most reliable source of news.  Our main characters, Georgia and Shaun, are siblings who run a popular news site that earns them exclusive coverage of a popular presidential candidate's campaign trail.  The only problem is that a terrorist is using zombies to sabatoge the controversial candidate's success.

I loved the writing.  Mira Grant completely committed to creating a unique post-apocalyptic world and provides an incredibly detailed description of the future.  She has obviously done her research into politics and technology and used that to create a future where bloggers provide the most reliable news coverage using advanced technology.  The political world is also fascinating and believable.  Grant includes current controversial topics with imagined issues in a world populated by zombies (what happens to the death penalty when the dead come back to life?).  We discussed this one on my book club board and some complained about the details and the politics presented in the book.  I completely disagreed.  I loved how Grant used what we have technologically now and added to it for a world that would need increased security and broadcasting capabilities.  Some people expected the typical zombie book: lots of action, gore, etc.  And this provides those, but it also contains a lot more plotting and world-building that isn't zombie-centric.

Entertainment Value
If you like zombies and detailed world building, I think you'll like this one.  I was hooked from the beginning.  I loved the characters and really appreciated Georgia and Shaun's close sibling relationship (and I loved that a love triangle was not included).  I highly recommend it and I'm looking forward to reading Deadline (the second book in the series) soon.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this! I'm getting it for my Kindle soon.