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ISBN: 9780316081054
0316081051
Characteristics: 599 p. ; 19 cm

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watkinsm
Jun 11, 2019

Oh. My. Gosh.

This book destroyed me. It was by far the most chilling zombie book I've ever read because it was by far the most realistic zombie book I've ever read. To clarify: what made it have such an impact was that the world was changed because of the outbreak. Not, "Oh shoot! There's zombies and there's nothing left of civilization but pockets of survivors!"

But rather: "This terrible event happened, and it changed the way we live, down to the way we enter buildings, the way we build our vehicles, and even the flow of information."

You can tell the author put a lot of thought into the world-building, something I deeply appreciate, because every little nuanced detail reflects this massive shift. For example: restaurants don't serve beef or steak anymore because cows are large enough to become zombies after death, and even one single bit of virus in the steak would spell disaster. Heck, most people don't even keep large pets any more. That's not something I'd ever consider myself, but Grant has thought about all of the ramifications of her fictional virus.

And the ending. Oh dear Lord, the ending. I won't spoil a thing, but let me say: as someone who hardly ever cries at books, the ending destroyed me. I read the last thirty pages or so with tears just streaming down my face. It was so beautifully executed and I never saw it coming.

11/10 would absolutely dehydrate myself crying again

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goddessbeth
May 30, 2019

This was an interesting take on the effect a zombie outbreak would have on communications and traditional media (and what life in the "new normal" would be), as told through a gritty journalistic thriller. There's a lot of world-building, mostly in data dumping snippets framed as blog/news entries written by the MC. The story definitely moves forward by plot and not character, and it takes awhile for the plot to become personal to the main characters (or the reader). I wasn't ever emotionally invested in the characters, but by halfway through the book I was definitely on board with their quest and motivations. It was a fun story, and definitely explored aspects of a zombie plague that a lot of other zombie stories tend to gloss over, which I respect. I wish I'd better understood the motivation behind the big bad of the book, but that might not be anything to do with the author/writing/story.

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Sid4238
May 16, 2019

I'm about half way through the book and I think it is one of the most boring books I have ever read. It's not about zombies, it's about a political campaign in the future where zombies are a controlled, background threat. I don't think I can finish it.

IndyPL_TiaJahW Oct 27, 2018

A couple of decades after medical progress creates a zombie apocalypse, journalism seems more like a reality tv show and political campaigns are still big news. Less about zombies and more about the world as it has adjusted the "walking dead," you'll have to decide which is scarier, living with zombies or with continued political intrigue. I'm tempted to say politics.

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hollymassie
Mar 09, 2018

Great read, a lot of fun. The story line is eerily relevant with the Orange one in office. Traditional Zombie tropes with a unique twist. Recommend!

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extremelylara
Sep 19, 2017

This is a very enjoyable read.

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GwyLyn
Oct 16, 2015

Amazing apocalyptic zombie fiction. One of the few good ones written in first person.

RAULVEGAII May 19, 2015

this author (god bless her) helped me to survive the death of my wife with her words in this book. the empathy this woman had for me was nothing short of angelic. thank you ms. grant

LPL_RachaelH Apr 22, 2015

Feed is a great zombie book that isn't really about the zombies. Yes, they're there but the book is actually about Georgia and Shaun, adoptive sibling bloggers who get the chance of a lifetime to be the lead journalists on the presidential campaign trail. Along the way, they'll uncover government conspiracies and 24/7 surveillance. All of this is happening in a world overrun by zombies. It's definitely a must read for those who enjoy well written characters and a thought provoking story.

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danomcd
Mar 23, 2015

This was a pretty good read. I don't have a clue about blogging and online journalism and it was still pretty readable. The brother and sister team was an interesting contrast too

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Aug 06, 2014

"It is with great joy that I report that the youth of America aren't actually riddled with ennui and apathy; that the truth hasn't been fully forsaken for the merely entertaining; that there's a place in this world for reporting the facts as accurately and concisely as possible and allowing people to draw their own conclusions. I've never been more proud of finding a place where I can belong.

- From Another Point of True, the blog of Richard Cousins, March 18, 2040"

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