Publication Date: Available Now from Orbit
Source: Purchased Copy
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.
Well I LOVED this one. In a kind of a love hate fashion. It broke my heart into little pieces at the end there…and somewhere around the midway point as well.
In Feed we are post zombie apocalypse – the dead no longer stay dead due to a virus that arose from curing the common cold. In this world bloggers are the newshounds, traditional news reporting being practically over. Licensed, followed, life for a blogger is all about the market share and the ratings. Enter Georgia and Shaun Mason – invited to follow a presidential campaign. During this they discover a conspiracy that may cost them everything.
For a zombie novel this packed a hell of an emotional punch – whilst being written in a very matter of fact almost documentary style for the most part, there is a brilliant emotive edge embedded into every single paragraph. I loved the Masons – their relationship, with each other and the world around them, the ever expanding cast of characters they interact with all being very well drawn and intriguing.
One of the huge strengths of this novel for me was the world building – descriptively brilliant, feeling authentic and realistic in its scientific basis but still very much focusing on the human aspect – the two sides to the coin so to speak are interwoven in fine fashion to give a solid backdrop to the drama going on.
Character building is just as good – I adored both Georgia and Shaun (And Buffy, Rick, Steve, et al) and became very emotionally involved with them during the reading. The author does a fine job of making you care and gives a great mix of action and thrills to keep you on the edge of your seat a lot of the time.
The themes explored are as wide as they are deep – reporting integrity, political agenda’s, rights and responsibilities in a world gone mad – using characters whose job it is to get the news out there as the main protagonists for this story works extraordinarily well and allows many different aspects to be explored. It was fascinating, scary, sad and extremely intriguing from first page to last.
All in all then definitely on my favourites list. But oh that ending killed me. I am torn between diving straight into “Deadline”, book two of the series and hiding under my duvet for a couple of weeks until my heart rate slows. We’ll see.
Happy Reading Folks!