Synopsis: 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.
My Review: Did someone say deadly virus turns people into things they are not? Yes, throw in a nice deadly plague onto the synopsis and you have my attention. Sometimes you just need a good apocalypse.
So of course Feed ended up in my shopping cart (still have no idea how that happened). Was I disappointed? Absolutely not.
The whole ‘oh-look-there’s-a-deadly-virus-turning-people-into-walkers-introduce-stereotypical-bunch-of-survivors-who-argue-all-the-time-and-at-least-3-of-them-are-going-to-die’ trope has been done many times. Yes, I still end up falling for those books… Which is why I bought Feed thinking it would be similar. However, Feed managed to sit in it’s very own category of apocalypse book. It’s a political thriller set in a world where by the way we have a slight problem with people who may want to eat you. Like I said, different. This is a world where bloggers took ever in the apocalypse (always knew we had our uses) and when society is doing just fine, the infestation aside, they still control the internet. It’s not a tale of a destroyed world. It’s one where yes there was a minor Apocalypse but the worlds puts itself back together (you know the world is revolving around the sun just fine when Starbucks is still open).
Feed is less of a character driven book and feels more like you’re reading through a blog or drama documentary. Don’t let that description put you off however as it fits perfectly with the story and overall feel of the book.
Feed follows three bloggers in a world where blogging took over during the outbreak and never left. The blogging world was split into three main categories; newise (those who blog about the news, Irwins (basically idiots who poke dead things with sticks) and fictionals (I think the name is self explanatory).
Georgia is a newsie and the complete opposite to her brother Shawn who is an Irwin. Along with Buffy, the fictional, they go from being little bloggers to being given the opportunity to follow the presidential campaign tour with one of the candidates.
It sounds like a pretty simple story line, but there are so many twists and turns along the way. It is quite a dense book with the running theme of the politics, news/blogging world and then the actual characters. Hence why it took a while to get through, but it is surprisingly gripping. Just when you think everything is cut and dry something else comes out of the blue. One thing I will say is that no plot twist is ever predictable in this book. The plot is constantly evolving and that’s one of the things that makes the book as good as it is.
I’m still on the fence with the characters. They all felt pretty normal however I found the dependency between Georgia and Shawn as siblings a little unreal. No brother and sister I know get on quite like that. Overall however, the characters were not predictable. They managed to surprise you more than once and sometimes that’s all you want from a set of characters. One thing I do love about this book is the lack of love. There was not great romance. Sometimes you just want a decent book without having to roll your eyes at the main character for being so stupidly and blindly in love. One of the main three does have a significant other during the book, however it is not a main thread in the book. Also last thing to praise on the characters is the lovely lack of whiny teenagers. Yes, you did indeed hear correctly no whiny teenagers in a YA book. Our main trio are in their twenties (yes an age that actually can exist in YA lit). The older than 15 characters did help the book feel more real. Because something tells me that 15 year old bloggers on a presidential campaign may have felt a little fake.
The world that Mira Grant created for these characters is unlike any post apocalyptic world I’ve seen, It’s a world governed by terror. The detail the book goes into on the security measures that are taken out of fear of the virus is amazing. Personally I think Feed shows what the world would look like if a similar virus broke out today.
So if you’re looking for a gripping read that has twists at every corner and a few near death scenes to keep it interesting, Feed is for you.