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. (Goodreads blurb)
As far as zombie books go, this one was pretty excellent.
Let me start by saying every zombie book I have read so far and tv/movie I've watched depicts the new zombiefied worlds as desolate, isolated and just plain lonely. In Feed, humanity has found a way to survive, pretty well actually. Sure, there are hazard zones and no access areas, pretty much everyone carries firearms, and you have to have blood tests everywhere you go as well as succumb to strict isolation/sterilization protocols. BUT because of all these things, society as a whole is still functioning. There are still laws to be followed and, heck in this book there's a presidential race going on. All of these things together gave this book a realistic feel and gives a good creep-out factor that something like this could possibly be waiting for us in the future.
In this world, the only reliable news source you can depend on is that from bloggers. I especially liked that premise. It was through a blog that the public first learned about Kellis-Amberlee virus (Zombie virus) which was caused by a mutation of the two cures discovered for cancer and the common cold. So basically you're stoked because you can't die a slow and agonizing death from the big C. But now, you are constantly on the look-out to make sure you don't get infected or eaten by the big Z.
Feed focuses on one particular group of bloggers who makes it their job to make sure the public gets the unfiltered facts, even if it costs them their lives. Most of the characters were easy to relate to and could be anyone. I especially found Georgia's idiosyncrocies to be quite relatable. Even though this book is almost 600 pages, I had no trouble getting through it. It was very interesting and different from other books I've read.
The end of this book was both expected and unexpected. I didn't like it. But it's an author's job to write things that the reader won't necessarily like in order to keep things moving and set up following books. I'm well on my way into Deadline, book #2 in the trilogy.
“Every life has a watershed moment, an instant when you realize you're about to make a choice that will define everything else you ever do, and that if you choose wrong, there may not be that many things left to choose. Sometimes the wrong choice is the only one that lets you face the end with dignity, grace, and the awareness that you're doing the right thing.
I'm not sure we can recognize those moments until they've passed us.”
“…but at the end of the day, there’s got to be somebody you’re doing it for. Just one person you’re thinking of every time you make a decision, every time you tell the truth, or tell a lie, or anything.
I’ve got mine. Do you?”
Bottom Line: If you're tired of all the same old apocalyptic zombie crap and want a some-what more realistic take on a zombie outbreak, I would totally recommend this book. 4/5