Monday, April 28, 2014

Review: FEED (Newsflesh Trilogy #1)


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Title: FEED (Newsflesh Trilogy #1)
Author: Mira Grant
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Release Date: May 1, 2010
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Audiobook
Narrators: Jesse Bernstein, Paula Christensen

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Action-Adventure, Post-Apocalyptic/Apocalyptic, Zombie

SUMMARY: 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.

REVIEW:

So full of awesome. Easily one of my favorite "zombie" books, though this has a stronger focus on the political and social framework of a world in which zombies happen to coexist.

The sibling dynamic between Georgia and Sean Mason is hysterical and completely on-point. If zombie or political-themed books don't scratch your itch, this is well worth the read just for a glimpse at their relationship.

FEED overflows with fresh details for the potential apocalyptic landscape, particularly in lieu of what might happen to the entertainment industry and the news-world. Innovative and well-designed. The shift in structure for bloggers and general news reporting is genius and definitely plausible -- if we take a step back and admit it, we're pretty much already at this point, but Grant highlights it so well to make perfect sense in the more extreme future.

This series can go in so many directions, and I'm excited to discover what happens next in this awful, awful apocalyptic world.

CONTENT:

Profanity: 
Moderate (F-word, S-word, rude names)
Sensuality: 
Mild (referenced relationships, suggested images)
Violence:
 Moderate-High (Intense zombie violence, weapons, blood, suicide, physical and mental threats, explosions)
Drugs/Alcohol: Mild (referenced)

This review also appears on Goodreads.
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