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Feed (Newsflesh Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Random Pick, Decent Read

Short version: Overall a pretty good read (characters & plot pretty good); I enjoyed it, and it kept my interest. I would recommend it to people interested in zombies (as those depicted in popular zombie movies). If you don't like the classic zombies or are looking fo...
Short version: Overall a pretty good read (characters & plot pretty good); I enjoyed it, and it kept my interest. I would recommend it to people interested in zombies (as those depicted in popular zombie movies). If you don't like the classic zombies or are looking for a smarter or more intriguing depiction of zombies, you might find this book lacking a bit in that area though.

Long Version: I bought this book as a random selection after browsing the B&N shelves for about 15 minutes. I like zombies, so I figured this book was worth a shot. I was surprised it is such a new release for being a random pick on my part.

Overall I liked this book and was pleasantly surprised that it kept my attention and had interesting characters. I enjoyed the dynamic between the two main characters, Georgia and Shaun, although I couldn't quite identify with their closeness to one another. The other characters through out the book are interesting and well-created. The book starts off great, but then became a little slow-going right after that for a short bit; it picked up nicely after that lull period though to produce an interesting story with some drama and thrill. Overall though a pretty good pace throughout the book to keep interest, especially in the second half.

The only negatives I can comment on are that the writing style was a little repetitive at times, but only barely. A couple of the action scenes were introduced the same way, with something like "I only barely had time to do whatever before the gun shots started". Not a big deal though. I did kind of roll my eyes at the George Romero parts in the book, but I guess that's just the author's nod to zombie pop culture. If you like zombies, you know who he is, but I was hoping this book was at least going to provide a new spin on zombies. It didn't so much though, so I guess that's why I felt this book was slightly juvenile and less smart and savvy than I wanted it to be.

Lastly, I read the tidbits of the second book "Blackout", and I was a little put off by the amount of f-bombs dropped within the first few pages of that book. I recognize it's based around a different character than the first book, but still I thought "Feed" was tasteful with the profanity, where as I don't know if "Blackout" will show the same tact. The language issue though is just a personal preference kind of thing.

posted by Snuffle_Shuffle on May 12, 2010

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8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Not your typical Zombie/Post-Apacolyptic novel

If you are looking for a typical zombie novel this isn't it. If you are looking for post-apacolyptic this isn't it either. For these reasons I was somewhat disappointed in the book. As others have pointed out it is a slow read, particularly in the beginning. In Feed...
If you are looking for a typical zombie novel this isn't it. If you are looking for post-apacolyptic this isn't it either. For these reasons I was somewhat disappointed in the book. As others have pointed out it is a slow read, particularly in the beginning. In Feed, there is a different take on the post-zombie world that really didn't do enough for my zombie tastes. There is very little actual zombie in the book and very little struggle against zombies. In this post-zombie world there is electricity, running water, airplanes, and basically all other advanced technology you can think of and many you can't as it is a much more advanced time technologically speaking. People basically just "live" with zombies being out there somewhere on the other side of the electric fences. People still go to work everyday, go out to dinner, etc living very much as they did before with some expected differences. Virtually the only true threat is from people using the virus as a weapon or other living people dying around or near you because in this book anyone who dies can/will become a zombie. Basically the virus is dormant in all living mammals of a certain size and can be triggered by certain biological events. Most of the book is centered around making sure you aren't actively infected by requiring a blood test to do anything or go anywhere.

So basically zombies and the post-zombie world are just a back drop for what could be called a thriller novel about the media and the evil right-wing politicos. But a horror novel about zombies it is not which is why I was disappointed with it. Overall it is an interesting premise about censorship of the media and politics and zombies but did not have enough violence, mayhem, horror, or zombie for me. However, it did interest me enough that I will likely finish out the series but with a more realistic and different expectation of what I will read.

posted by beaglezrock on November 12, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Boring!

    I tried reading this on my vacation but it bored me to sleep, many times! Like most said, not really about zombies, just about 2 siblings that live in a zombie world. Frankly, I didnt like either one and boy did this book drag. I couldnt finish the book, and for me, that NEVER happens! Maybe it was a character study with dull characters, who knows? To me it was a blahblahblah story. I gave it 2 stars on the hope that it did get better. But, I love to read, and I would give this author another try. We all need second chances, right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Average read

    Shaun and George's relationship has a creepy factor and the running blogs are distracting and boring.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

    It's rare that I don't finish a book, even one that is uninteres

    It's rare that I don't finish a book, even one that is uninteresting or poorly written. Once I commit and invest the time, I see book to its finish; besides, sometimes certain stories or the writing styles of some writers take a little longer to grow on you. I can add Mira Grant's _Feed_ to my listing of "unfinishables" because it was both poorly written and uninteresting, but also because I knew that after page 100 this book was not going to grow on me. With each successive page I kept asking myself, "Where is this going? Why am I still reading this garbage? Can't we just get on with it?" I agree with some of the other reviewers that the idea for the book, while somewhat novel, is poorly realized and executed. Reading this novel is like looking at a road sign on Highway 395 at sunset---the holes are everywhere. I appreciate Grant's attempt to work through and attempt to make plausible the fictional territory of the novel, which she clearly does with the intent of making this well-worn territory (zombie post-apocalyptic survival story) different and interesting. Unfortunately, the novel gets lost in itself and in Grant's desire to provide her readers with explanations as to why things are the way they are and why characters do what they do. Many of these explanations are implausible, overwritten, and unnecessary, which comes at great cost to the integrity and readability of the story itself. Sorry, it does seems like people would have better things to do than sit around and blog in the midst of a global catastrophe, and how is it that the grid is in such good condition that bloggers are even still a reality in a world where a virus that turns people into zombies is running rampant? In addition, the characters themselves appear are rough sketches of as-yet unrealized human beings who conduct themselves with a level of self-consciousness that is not much greater than their dead counterparts moaning their way over the country (the zombies, too, are little more than background props that continuously malfunction as literary devices through the story). If you like zombie fiction, post-apocalyptic narratives, or good writing for that matter, avoid this one like the KA virus.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

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    A Great Premise That Fell Short

    I wanted very badly to love FEED by Mira Grant. A majority of the reviews I read were stellar and I also recieved a great many personal endorsements from various sources. I was left a little let down. The idea is unique and extremely promising. Two things, in my mind, would change this book from a two star to a four star: better research and more editing.

    The first thing about this book that kept pulling me out of it was the level of the future tech described. The story take place in 2040, thrity years from now. Yet the technology described is a very 'now' tech. Based on future tech books I've read the equiptment being used should be much more sophisticated. That one point alone kept pulling me out of the story.

    Secondly, I could not help but feel this book was just WORDY. So many times I felt what could have been an intense action packed scene was so slowed down by over description and unnecessary observations. The story could get you flying by the seat of your pants with all the action but the author kept bogging it down and drawing it out needlessly with paragraphs of nonsence. Where were the editors on this one?

    Those points are both surprising as upon finishing the story, the author takes great pains to thank all her editors and researchers with a special nod to those who consulted her on the technologies. Mindboggling. Maybe it's just me.

    This is of course my opinion. A great many others don't feel as I do about this book, by and large it is beloved. I for one however have serious doubts as to further reading into the series. This is a potentially great book and a zombie story of a different sort. Read it for it's potential and see if you agree that it falls short.

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