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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant

Genre: Science Fiction
Release: Orbit, May 2010
Sold by: Hatchette Book Group
Buy the Book: Amazon

"Alive or dead, the truth won't rest. My name is Georgia Mason, and I am begging you. Rise up while you can."

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over buddies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

The virus in this book is similar to the mutation of N1H1 in I am Legend. A brilliant scientist named Dr. Alexander Kellis discovered a cure for cancer but instead of side effects like suicidal thoughts, insomia, heart attack, etc. I twas not entirely his fault, it was untested and was kept in a lab until some people broke in and decided to distribute it. Meanwhile on the other side of the country, Amanda Amberlee was cured with an experimental drug called Marbug EX19. It was a success, until it wasn't the combination of the two drugs has turned people into the living dead. The virus is then dubbed, Kellis-Amberlee. Our main characters Georgia & Shaun Mason (foster siblings) and Georgette "Buffy" Meissonier are controversial bloggers that got selected to cover a Presidential campaign.

Mira Grant's website described this book as a "Dystopian political zombie thriller in a backdrop of national political campaign", I was skeptical when I read that but I've been wanting to read this book for so long so I decided to go ahead with it. I dislike anything that has to do with politicians and with politics, but I dislike it more when the whole story has a lot of new technology and how that technology works. That was a bummer. I was also a bit dragging for me. It took me a long time to really get into it.

The survivors of this horrible postapocalyptic world live in so much caution. Blood test to all the public gatherings, voice operated (everything) to lessen contamination, no animal / pets becasue they can be / had been infected with the virus too, you had to be bleached and thoroughly sterilized to make sure the virus dies, etc. All those was really interesting but the way the blogging and news community, not so much. I did not had fun reading that at all. The ending? really GOOD but not enough for me to purchase book two right away.

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