Feed by Mira Grant (And Some Feminist Short Stories)

Cover via Goodreads.

5/5 stars.

Feed fractured my heart, and then broke it – so, of course, it deserves to be my first five-star book of 2012. It is definitely not your typical zombie story with sleazy action sequences and creepy cliches, but a wonderful mix of zombies, blogging, and politics.

The book takes place after the Rising of 2014, in which the cure to the common cold and the cure to cancer combined to form a virus that raised the dead. Several people were immediately infected and many more lost their lives during that initial outbreak. Now, twenty years later, Georgia and Shaun Mason are internet journalists devoted to seeking the truth at whatever the cost. When they are selected to follow the campaign of popular presidential candidate Peter Ryman, they may have their chance to do so as a twisted conspiracy threatens to take them under.

If not for school, I would have finished this book in a day. Feed has everything: strong world-building, convincing characters, shocking scandal, and a wild story that will hook you in and never let you go. I connected with the characters well, and the fact that I cried for half an hour after reading the ending serves as evidence as to how much the book affected me.

I am so glad I gave this book to one of my best friends as a Christmas present – she and I talk about zombies constantly now. We plan to become professional zombie slayers, though I doubt I would have the willpower to pull off such a feat. Anyway, if that random tangent hasn’t assured you of the awesomeness of this book, you must go out and get it now!

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Also, I read two short stories in my AP English class that revolved around the theme of feminism – The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. You can check out my brief thoughts on them here and here respectively.

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8 responses to “Feed by Mira Grant (And Some Feminist Short Stories)

  1. Feminism, you say? ON IT. That’s cool that you read stuff about feminism in school. We discuss it somewhat in my English class (when we read Macbeth, the Canterbury Tales) but I’m pretty sure most of my class and my teacher don’t know what a strong female character is… Or what a feminist is, for that matter.

    • I’ve read Macbeth and parts of the Canterbury Tales as well! And that would be pretty strange if your teacher wasn’t aware of what a strong female protagonist is, or what a feminist is. o_o

  2. have you read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies? :D
    the cover.. I bet most people wouldn’t catch the reference to RSS/feed =.= RSS has totally failed to live up to its promise

    Michelle

    • Not yet. My friend promised to let me borrow it, but for now it’s not one of my high-priority to-read books. Have you?

      To be honest I didn’t get the reference until about a week after having the book in my possession. Though one of my more knowledgeable friends looked at the cover and recognized it right away…. so yeah, the allusion is probably wasted on plenty of people (like me). -_-

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      • no, I have not …. I’m rather a diehard fan of Austen so I’d rather not put zombies in there. though I do want to read “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” which is by the same author and is coming out as a movie this summer! Hahahaha. I am a diehard fan of Pres. Lincoln, but I guess in a different way compared to Austen.

        Michelle

  3. Well, I’ve actually ordered this book online from my local bookstore and I’m glad to see it was worth it! I haven’t read it yet, but your review makes me even more eager to get my hands on it. Thank goodness I have a week off next week because I’ll be reading like a madwoman.

    • Wonderful! I have this week off because of spring break and I have been using my time to read and get ahead on homework assignments, so, I’m sure you’ll spend your time well. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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