The Rising was a time of horror, a realisation that in mankind’s arrogance to assert control over nature’s most basic forms, it almost annihilated them. Those that died didn’t stay dead, they rose and the deadly and infectious virus urged them on, an insatiable need to feed. Twenty years on, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are offered the chance of a lifetime, to follow a political campaign and report the truth as they see it. Some truths hide behind dark conspiracy and sometimes it’s worth killing for.
Having literally just finished reading Feed, I’m still in a bit of a state of shock. The book itself shows an amazing in-depth look at how the world would be if there really was a zombie outbreak and the ramifications for everyone. What caught me though is how well written and emotional the main story was. The characters of Georgia and Shaun especially; I felt like I knew them and perhaps some of that is because we already live in a blogging world where people post their innermost thoughts. It’s not written from the point of view of a blog – but it is the background from where the story comes from. Bloggers are the ‘modern’ world’s news givers and the pieces you do get are almost familiar.
Georgia and Shaun were wonderfully real, practical and determined, and their bond as siblings was very touching. I loved how the sense of danger the world lives with every day was portrayed, with the virus inactive in everyone until they die, or are encouraged into converting. Then they come back as something else, something highly infectious, deadly and with only one mandate: Feed.
The book itself is so much more than just another zombie apocalypse story. The apocalypse has already happened, not because of any supernatural or mystical means but due to human error and a combination of events. It’s set after the ‘Rising’ for one thing and while it starts off being a survival story it then adds in crime, horror, intrigue, heroism and sacrifice. A heady mix and a wonderful story. Highly recommended if you like to read any of those things.