Reviving the Thrill: Revisiting Feed

5 out of 5 stars

I originally read and reviewed Feed by Mira Grant when it first came out, and I was blown away. This time, I decided to re-immerse myself in this thrilling world during a road trip, and let me tell you, it was like meeting an old friend. The world of Georgia and Shaun Mason, the conspiracy, and the unstoppable virus felt as fresh and electrifying as ever. Mira Grant’s gripping narrative, combined with the impeccable narration by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein, kept me hooked from start to finish.

The experience of rereading Feed was nothing short of a revelation. It’s amazing how a story can stay with you and yet surprise you anew with forgotten twists and turns. The parallels to recent events, especially the spread of misinformation (“Fake News”) during COVID-19, made the story even more relevant. The way Grant weaves together zombies, politics, and social media into a seamless narrative is nothing short of genius.

This was one of those stories that stayed with me and has a core memory with it. I think the only book that I talked about more/the same was The Martian by Andy Weir, which was the book that got me into audiobooks and why this site exists.

One of the most remarkable aspects of “Feed” is how well it holds up over time. The technological predictions made in the book, while slightly dated (barely, she got so much of it right and kudos to her and the team involved), still feel plausible and add a layer of authenticity to the story. The characters are rich and multi-dimensional, and the plot is a rollercoaster of emotions and revelations.

It’s incredibly challenging to review this book without giving away spoilers, but I can confidently say that it was even more enjoyable the second time around. Grant’s ability to craft a story where every piece fits perfectly is truly commendable. Overall, I loved Feed just as much, if not more, on this re-read, and now I’m itching to dive back into the entire series, even though my schedule says otherwise!

Book Description:

Feed is an electrifying and critically acclaimed novel of a world a half-step from our own that the New York Times calls “Astonishing” a novel of zombies, geeks, politics, social media, and the virus that runs through them all – from New York Times best seller Mira Grant.

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat 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, 20 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.

Feed by Mira Grant
Narrator: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
Series: Newsflesh #1
Published by Hachette Audio on May 3rd 2010
Genres: Zombie, Bio-Thriller
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: All the Pretty Little Horses, Coming To You Live, Into the Drowning Deep,
Also in this series: All the Pretty Little Horses, Coming To You Live, Countdown

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