by Mira Grant

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I really wanted to like Feed. My teenager loved it, so maybe I'm the wrong demographic, but this book is cataloged as horror/science fiction and not young adult. Feed is a zombie book. Nothing wrong with that, as I just listened to World War Z and I regularly read post-apocalyptic novels.

The twist to this book is the main characters are journalists. It's been two decades since the zombie outbreak and the world is learning how to go on in this new paradigm. Georgia and Shaun are twenty-something-year-old siblings who own their own media outlet, called After the End Times. They are asked by a presidential candidate to join his campaign, where they discover someone or some group is undermining the campaign. Murder and conspiracy ensue.

This book was a complete slog until the 495th page, and then I was somewhat drawn in for the last 80ish pages, which at least helped me finish it. I think the author meant for the main characters to be brusque and hard-driving reporters, but they came across as jerks and it was difficult to root for them. The writing was built upon clichés and ridiculously full of non-essential details: thus the 571 pages. After going on and on about testing people to see if they were going to turn into zombies and how the different types of journalists reported, there was little room left for an actual plot. 

If you're in the mood for post-apocalyptic fiction, try better novels: The Road (McCarthy), The Stand (King), The Passage (Cronin), Margaret Atwood's books, or even 1957's On the Beach (Shute).

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