“If we didn’t have to fear the truths we didn’t hear, we’d lose the need to fear the ones we did. People should consider that.”
As far as I can remember, this is the first post-apocalyptic-zombie-related book I have ever read. Though I’ve had my fair share of zombie related content (via TV series/Films) and to be honest I’ve gotten over the phase. There’s only so much you can do with the undead until they just start painting the same picture over and over again. But since my friend (hallo Amanda) was very persistent and sold the book really well, I decided to give it a shot. And my oh my has my world turned upside-down.
One of the reasons why I was inclined to read Feed was because this wasn’t your typical the world-has-JUST-gone-to-shit-and-now-we-have-to-survive zombie thriller. It’s actually a the world-IS-shit-but-we’re-living-with-it zombie thriller. With that said, Mira Grant created a world where people have constructed a society where they’ve learned how to co-exist with the undead and that the fear of being infected is, well, just something they’d have to live with.
BACKGROUND TIME! The book was set in 2039, 20 years after “the Rising”. The Kellis-Amberlee virus (aka the zombie virus), was created because of a series of fortunate events that led to a really unfortunate mass infection. In 2014, scientists discovered the cure for cancer and the cure for the common cold. Great, right? So, you would think. Somehow, those two cures mixed together and created the Kellis-Amberlee virus. And that kids is how the world turned to shit. I obviously left out the more specific details about how it all began but that’s basically how it went.
Fast-forward to 2039, blogging and online news sites have become significant and is slowly taking over traditional forms of media (much like what’s happening now). The story follows Georgia and Shaun Mason. They followed the footsteps of their adoptive parents and have made a name for themselves as famous bloggers. Which, landed them the job of becoming part of presidential candidate Senator Ryman’s official press team throughout his campaign along with their co-blogger and friend Buffy.
One of the things I loved the most about this book is the way Shaun and Georgia’s relationship is painted out. They’re probably one of the most co-dependent characters I have ever read or watched about. They grew up together, they work together, they basically share the same room, everything and anything they do, they do together. In a story filled with politics, conspiracy, and lies, the one thing I could really count on was that Shaun and Georgia loved each other very much. Maybe even more than just siblings (they’re not biological siblings by the way so it’s not THAT weird).
With the amount of time and effort Mira Grant spent into getting her readers invested in the characters of Shaun and Georgia, it only took her 2 chapters to destroy all of it.
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Honestly, I wanted to stop reading after these chapters because it was too much for my emotional self to handle but I somehow powered through because there were too many unanswered questions. The thing that was great about this book is that it always kept you wanting more and you never really know what to expect.
The death of Georgia Mason, oh god, even writing that down is making me want to bawl. This truly took me by surprise, I can’t even put into words how hard it was for me to read through those chapters. She was the damn narrator. If you want to talk about plot twists, this is it. THE NARRATOR DIES. Who does that? (Apparently Mira Grant). But I guess this was a way for the story to progress because now that she’s dead, the plot for the following books can be fueled by Shaun’s anger and eagerness to avenge his sister’s death.
“I’ve spent my whole life imagining worlds other than the one that I was born in. Everybody does. The one world I never imagined was a world without a Georgia. So how come that’s the world I have to live with?”
Though I loved Shaun and Georgia, I wish there were more scenes with Buffy. I felt as though I didn’t really get to know her character all that well. From the way she was described, she seemed quirky and filled with personality which I thought was going to be explored even further. Although this isn’t really a big issue, it would’ve just been nice to have gotten to know her a bit more.
However, my biggest issue was how Senator Ryman’s character developed towards the end. It wasn’t so much as he turned “evil” but rather he turned cold. Which, for me, didn’t fit with the personality he had towards the bloggers from the beginning. It was something I didn’t want to see from him because I expected him to be the consistently warm and understanding Senator that was kind of a father figure to the young bloggers.
“Our ancestors dreamed of a world without boundaries, while we dream new boundaries to put around our homes, our children, and ourselves. We limit our potential day after day in the name of a safety that we refuse to ever achieve. We took a world that was huge with possibility, and we made it as small as we could. Feeling safe yet?”
Overall, this book was great. Heartbreaking but great. It gets you thinking about what is it these people should really fear. Should it have been the walking corpse trying to eat their face or that one guy in a suit drinking wine with the future President of the United States?
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