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Feed by Mira Grant
One afternoon while waiting for a friend to arrive for lunch, to which she was already running late, I kept myself amused by wandering through the local Waterstones bookshop. At the time I wasn't intending to buy anything and even after reading the first few pages of this book I put it back down and headed off for some nice food. However, over the next couple of days I found myself thinking about this book and its great opening chapters, so next time I was in town I went in to purchase it.
The book is set in a time where the Zombie apocalypse has been and gone and life for the remaining people has to carry on as normal as it can. The main characters are included among the first generation to grow up in this world, the daily differences and security measures that must be put in place to keep people alive and zombie free are just part of their everyday lives. This is an interesting concept as most Zombie films and books that I have seen or read tended to concentrate on the initial outbreak, life more or less directly after the event. This is twenty or so years after Zombies became a daily reality and the new generation don't remember it any other way.
I'm not sure whether I would classify this book as a horror story, yes I know there are zombies, yes I know this is set after an apocalypse type situation, but the story still reads like more of a thriller, a political crime novel.
There were a lot of interesting ideas within this book that I would have liked explored a bit more but I can understand to a degree that there isn't always time to cover everything. The human's are always and constantly in an ongoing struggle with the zombies and they have to reclaim as much of their land as possible, to house those that are healthy. There was mention of the loss of Antarctica, a state that is completely infested with zombies and no longer inhabited by humans, it felt like there was meant to be more to this but it never materialised.
In the present day the main way anyone gets their news or entertainment is online, as you can imagine people have became more security conscious and large gathering are a thing of the past, isolation is the new norm. The main characters within the book run a successful and thriving blog that has won the right to follow one of the presidential candidates on their campaign to win. As they get more deeper involved and events take turns that no-one would suspect, their ratings go through the roof, after all they are there to get the news out at all costs.
The ending comes as a bit of a surprise and I'm still not convinced it was satisfying enough, but then that is probably true of many trilogies where you know that there is more to come. The next book and instalment in the series is out next year and I will definitely be buying it.
Throughout the book there was one little thing that keep niggling at my enjoyment. The characters lives revolve around making sure they are still disease neutral and not likely to turn into a zombie at any given moment. They do this by taking a series of routine blood tests, for example when entering an elevator or entering their homes, or entering cars, etc, etc, although the first few times it was interesting, it then becomes common place. It's as routine as opening a door for the characters and the detail that the author goes into is just a tad overkill. After the first hundred or so pages I got the idea that it was not only a daily necessity but almost hourly activity. I felt that it got a bit repetitive and I could have done without so much emphasis on it. However, that being said this was only a small niggle and I still hugely enjoyed the flow of the story.
You can currently buy this from Amazon for £5.49, or you could always borrow it from a local library. It is well worth the read, even if you don't think a book about zombies would be for you, as I said earlier it is so much more than only a horror novel about zombies.
I really enjoyed this book, from the first few pages I was completely hooked and engrossed within the world that Mira Grant has created. I completely recommend reading this and I have already passed my copy on for my husband to read. It is well worth five stars out of five. I for one can't wait to get the next instalment. Mira Grant is a great new author and one that I hope will do very well for herself, I look forward to reading what else she will have to offer.