Monday, February 24, 2014

Books: Feed by Mira Grant

Ok, before I start... every time I see the author's name (a pseudonym) I do a double take, thinking it's my name misspelled again, but no, it's not. For a girl who didn't grow up with her name all around her, it's a bit disconcerting.

Slowly but surely I'm getting back to reading, which is great. I've missed reading. Pregnancy and new mamahood sort of sucked away my will to read. Honestly, when the choice was between reading and sleep, sleep always won. Which is shocking given my adolescent tendency to stay up all night reading. I guess when you know you can sleep any time, you don't treasure your sleep the same way!


So a Scribd promo came up on my facebook feed, talking about how it was the Netflix for books, offering a month trial. I thought, why not, and gave it a go. I'd read a blurb on Feed by another blogger and it piqued my interest. Zombie books are not my normal go to reading material but I figured that I needed a change of pace.

The story is set in 2040, years after zombies have become a new way of life due to bacterial mutation (simple explanation). Bloggers, the new media, go on the campaign trail, following the Republican hopeful, only to discover the world isn't what they thought it was, zombies and all.

It was a good read. There were problems with the digital file conversion. I don't know if this was a Scribd thing or a publisher thing, I suspect the latter as the other books I perused don't seem to have this issue. That said, I only glanced at them briefly so I could be mistaken.

What I liked about the book was that it started off being something very different than it ended up being. I was drawn into the zombie story, only to find myself reading a conspiracy theory novel. Maybe if I'd read the blurbs (I still haven't) I would have expected that, but I wasn't aware of this being where the story would go. And it made it more intriguing to read.

I also felt like the author juggled the use of traditional narrative and blog entries nicely. Far too often the use of journalistic style entries is clunky and disrupts the flow of the story. I didn't find this to be the case for the story. That said though, there were times that the story got bogged down in details and sidelines that weren't important to the core narrative. One villain was unexpected, the other was typecast. In the end the 2 balanced each other other out.

Overall I thought it was a good read. Not great literature, but fun, lighthearted zombie conspiracy theory fiction. Perfect late night, breastfeeding reading! 

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