Number in Series: 1
Time: 15 hrs. and 10 mins.
Narrator(s): Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein
Release Date: May 1, 2010 (audiobook May 3, 2010)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian/Horror/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads
In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.
It raised the dead.
Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.
Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:
When will you rise?
Wow, just WOW! Thanks to friend and fellow book blogger Kristin (@mybookishways), she let me know that I must, MUST read this book. So after waiting next line to download the audiobook from the library, I got right on. Oh my goodness. I love zombies, but man this book was the icing on the cake. If this is not made into a movie soon, I will be extremely pissed. George Romero, I hope you are reading this because this will make you proud. Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire), thank you.
Feed is set sometime in the future. After a virus broke out, known as Kellis-Amberlee, which was created to cure cancer, the flu and the common cold, it also killed people and brought them back to life. Well technically speaking. When the outbreak first took place, the news media were oblivious to it; they called it a hoax, a prank. But the world of bloggers spoke the truth, they let the world know something bad was happening and the big new stations were lying to them. Come to find out, the bloggers were right and unfortunately, millions had to die before others listened.
No twenty years later, the world has become more civilized. They have learned to stay safe with zombies roaming around. And the biggest job you can have: blogging. Bloggers/journalists are highly sought out. So when Georgia and Shaun Mason (brother-sister blogging combo) and their friend and tech genius, Buffy get accepted to get the biggest job of all, things take a turn for the worst. Things and people they thought they knew were nothing but lies.
I could talk about this book all freaking day. This is one of the most unique books I have ever read. There is so much to grab from it, it is hard not to find something to love about it. The world Mira Grant has created is incredible. People are tested at every turn to make sure they are not infected. If you are in a room and someone is infected, you are all on lockdown until helps comes. No exceptions. But this has become a part of everyday reality. People are scared and there are those who are trying to use that fear to their advantage.
This book was more than just a book about zombies. It showed how much we depend on others to tell us the truth. It showed us that there are few who will do what they have to to tell the world the truth. That is what makes Georgia (aka George) and Shaun such great characters. Georgia is more stable, Shaun is a bit wild. They are inseparable and depend on each other a lot. Their foster parents aren’t the greatest; they use them to raise their sales basically. But George and Shaun do just fine as long as they are together. They know they are at risk everyday, but they do what others don’t. I love how the book also goes back and forth and gives us entries from our characters’ blogs. It adds something to the story. We get to know more from our characters this way. More of their thoughts and their feelings come through.
The plot to this book is incredible. The more you go the people you think you know you don’t. We get twists from every direction. It builds and builds until it erupts. I was brought to tears near the end of this. I couldn’t believe what happened. I listened to the audiobook version of this and the narrator, Paula Christensen, gave George such a great realistic feel especially at this specific scene. This had one of the most surprising climaxes ever. I would not have seen that coming.
So just as Kristin has told me, I will tell you, this is a must read. It is a big book, but it doesn’t drab. It is emotional, political, and action-packed from start to finish. A very captivating story that I think everyone will love. Make sure you check this out.
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