Feed by Mira Grant
What I drank: First. I gotta admit this isnt my firsg read through of this book. But I love it and it was oddly comforting to read during an actual oandemic. Meanwhile. Beer. I drank beer. Good beer even.
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.
Drunk Overview: 20 years after the outbreak of zombiesz the world has changed drastically. Georgia and Shaun are bloggers in a world where bloggers are the newsbsource most people actually trust. And they got chosen to follow the presidential campaign of a Senator. Along the way they discover a plot thats targeting the candidate, their friends, and… the world!
Drunk Thoughts: Mira Grant knows her shit where diseases afe concerned and has crafted an actually plausivle reason for zombies tonexist. This book is also fairly prescient for the current times, where theres a constant struggle between safety and freedom (although much more extreme in this book).
The world building is great. This book somehow feels completely foreign while also being completely rooted in reality. The way people have adjusted their lives to avoid zombies makes so much sense. Of course there would be xonstant blood tests and the way people would interact would be wildly different. And holy shit, occasiona information gets dropped about the past; court cases, news stories, blog posts and they all blew mg fucking mind.
- Georgia is our main charactrr, as the newsie, shes focused on facts. And I gotta admit she’s a pretty crotchety character (with good reason), and god does she kick some ass. I personally have a hard time visualizing her, but her personality is so set in my mind.
- Shaun is an Irwin, or one of the crazy people who go into the wilderness to poke at zombies. His artificial charm is kind of a delight and its so easy to see where and when he turns it on.
- Buffy, their tech and “fictional” makes me so happy. She is a badass behind the scenes, and her religious streak really adds depth to the world while also making perfect sense.
- Senator Ryman: ugh, this is what I wish politicians were actually like. I had a visceral reaction to some of his speeches and I may have teared up a time or two
- Okay, so plot. 8t doesnt take long before things start getting weird on the campaign, things go wrong that shouldnt go wrong. The security in this world comes with backups and double backups and yet they start to fail. The team realizes something is funky and start to look into it (the way any good journalist should).
- God there were scenes that I knew were coming and yet my heart was racing.
- This book ties humor and tragedy together so fucking well.
- Without spoilers, once things hapoen on a farm, its just impossible to put this book down.
- Theres this great point in a book where you want answers so badly that you dont always notice being hungry, or your butt fallinh asleep, or the fact that while wandering around your house you accidentally climbed up and down the stairs 10 times, and this book has that in spades.
What I’d Pair it With: whiskey, neat.
But honestly, if you have any interest in zombies or like post-apocalyptic books where society has survived even if its altered, give this book a chance (although maybe now isnt the time for everyonr to read this).