Genres: Dystopian, Horror
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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.
There’s a certain comfort in the zombie genre because you know what to expect. The back story is pretty self-explanatory, a virus breaks out, people get infected, and a zombie apocalypse happens. What better reason to offer action and gore than with that simple explanation?
Feed offers so much more than what the usual zombie novel entails. Instead of horror and the survival, it goes into the epidemiology of the zombie virus, and how the world has dealt with it 20 years after the zombie outbreak. It’s a world underpinned by blogging and journalism to bring the truth about zombies to the masses.
Georgia and Shaun Mason, adoptive brother and sister, and Buffy the perky technophile are bloggers on the brink of their greatest story when they are chosen to offer news coverage for a US Senator’s campaign. Equipped with hidden cameras and enough recording equipment in case of an emergency, they accompany the Senator to his meetings. Unwarranted zombie attacks start happening and the Masons soon discover they may be on the hinge of a conspiracy.
I really adored the characters within this book. It delivers a complexity rarely seen between character relationships. Shaun is a happy-go-lucky, over-protective brother who can strike a chord between his readers. George is a hard-nosed journalist with a sole purpose to uncover the truth. She may seem emotionless and uncaring, but the only person who she lets her guard down around is her brother. Buffy offers them a reprieve from the tougher side of life with her bouncy personality.
There were parts of the story at the beginning that really dragged on. Set 20 years after the apocalypse, the author goes into lengthy explanations about the security measures put in the place, and how the zombie came about . There’s a lot of info dumping, and its easy to lose interest if you’re not terribly interested in the politics of the blogosphere, or how people have become reclusive to avoid the infection. Lucky for me, I was extremely interested in the epidemiology of where the Kellis-Amberlee disease came from. The cure for cancer, and the cure for the common cold, reacted together to form a complete incompatible disease turning people into brain dead, drooling messes with a thirst for blood. That in itself, is really fascinating, and Feed was just like candy for my brain.
Although there’s a lot of info dumping throughout the novel, it’s in these quiet moments where we get to experience the characters’ lives. The forced dinner between the Masons and their adoptive parents, with feigned affection purely for publicity. George’s suffering from retinal Kellis-Amberlee, a disease affecting her ability to see in bright light. An inspiring speech from the Senator, who gives you hope for a suitable President of the US.
Don’t come into this novel wanting zombies, full on action, and gore. You won’t get it here, but instead, a helluva ride in a fascinating world of journalism, politics, and zombies.
Rating: 5 out of 5