Continuing with my phase of loving all things dead but still moving around I settled down to read Feed. I read Countdown first just as an introduction into the world and although it’s not essential it sure was a great way to wean yourself into this post-apocalyptic world that Grant has created. Because, by God, if she hasn’t created one hell of a detailed world I’m kinda worried she may have some time machine transporting her back and forth. Its like watching 2012, I’ll feel so much better when 2014 has past and the dead haven’t risen to feast on our flesh. She makes it that believable.
There aren’t just simply zombies, there is a virus. A very well-explained, dangerous sounding (but believable) virus that turns you into a zombie. For the most part the world has been reclaimed by the uninfected and has been classed into different hazard zones with varying levels of danger. There are some exceptions, with the likes of Alaska and other areas declared as lost to the infected. It makes for a wholly interesting read I can tell you. It’s basically telling the story that would come after all normal zombie movies end. I loved it!
The plot centers mainly on two characters, a brother and sister, Shaun and Georgia Mason. They are journalists. However since the Rising in 2014 the news is distributed in a much different way to before. Blogging has taken over as the mainstream way to find out what the hell is happening around you. Print and television media have all but disappeared after becoming so unreliable during the years immediately following the Rising that viewers and readers lost all faith in them. So they turned to bloggers and other internet forums as a much more reliable and speedy way of finding out when and where an outbreak was happening and what the hell to do if an uninfected wanders into your garden.
We follow Georgia and Shaun as they follow Senator Ryman in his presidential campaign. What follows is a story of deceit, thrills, politics and more than a few zombies thrown in for good measure. It’s a hell of a ride and I didn’t want to get off!
- Countdown by Mira Grant (Newsflesh Series #0.5) (arlasworld.wordpress.com)
- Feed by Mira Grant (The Newsflesh Trilogy #1) (sarahsaysread.com)
- Feed by Mira Grant (shanatalks.wordpress.com)