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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Feed by Mira Grant

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant


Scientists cured cancer...Then they cured the common cold. But when the two cures mixed, they created a virus that caused the dead to rise. During the rising, bloggers suddenly became invaluable, these online journalists able to get information out to the public faster than newspapers and the speed saved lives... 20 years later, Shaun, Georgia, and Georgette are talented bloggers invited to cover a presidential candidate's campaign trail and wind up uncovering a dangerous conspiracy that changed the world.

This was fantastic. I'm not a huge dystopia fan but as far as futuristic-world-gone-to-hell stories this was pretty incredible. The book starts fairly humorous to ease the reader into the horror in which the character are actually accustomed to living. Which is a nice place to start a zombie book-- when the running and screaming is over and people are back living their lives as best they can. Then with each new action scene, the dark setting increases its grip on the atmosphere and the humor lessens. The plot twists are well timed and despite the length of the novel, the suspense pulls you headfirst through each catastrophe. 

I loved that the "nerds" of our era turn into the heroes of the future; a team of bloggers following the presidential campaign, unafraid to find, publish, and die for the truth. The story is part science-fiction, part horror, and part political thriller and I can't wait to start the next installment.

Rating 5/5
Review originally posted:
Apr 29, 12

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