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.Fantastic story. I loved Feed by Mira Grant. Completely different than any zombie/post-apocalyptic story I've read and completely awesome.
Georgia, Shaun, and Buffy are journalists. Georgia is strictly news, Shaun is action and opinion, and Buffy is what they call a Fictional. She writes poems and stories and stays away from field work and the grim bits of reporting. The trio are picked to accompany a new presidential candidate along his campaign trail and end up with so much more than they bargained for. More than anyone bargained for.
This was definitely a unique story in that, while there were zombies and there was a plague that destroyed most of the world it seems, it did not cripple it. If anything, in the not so distant future, technology is more advanced and things are more or less running business as usual, just with zombies on the side. There are schools and blogs and newspapers, there are presidential elections and corrupt politicians and publicity stunts galore. There is also an actual disease behind the cause of the change. A disease that they tell you from the beginning that everyone has (animals included) but that stays dormant until death (with the exception of some situations).
I found myself jealous during most of the story of all of the high-tech gadgets that they had and their ability to record and display and just get their stories out to the world almost immediately. I was also jealous of George's relationship with her brother. I wish me and my brother could have been that close. Best friends.
Their parents made me angry though... this is where the publicity stunts come in. That seems to be all they wanted George and Shaun for. Publicity. After the death of their first child when a dog over 40 pounds "amplified" and bit him, you would have thought that being in the spotlight was the LAST thing they wanted. But no. They used it to their advantage. I guess if they hadn't, though, Shaun and George would not have had the opportunities that they did.
Buffy disappointed me though. Turning on her friends the way that she did. I wasn't sad when she bought the farm. Maybe I should have been, but I wasn't.
Another story where I hated the ending. Absolutely hated it. I cried, I won't lie. It was so sad. I picked up the second book to start reading it, not long after I finished the first one, but I haven't been able to bring myself to actually open it yet.
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a different kind of zombie novel. Again, it's for an older crowd, but you won't be disappointed for giving it a go.