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Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1)

Feed - Mira Grant Oh.My.God. This book hit me hard. I had this never ending worry and tension in me, rapid heartbeat and tears in my eyes by the end.

The writing was extremely powerful, the plot strong and linear, characters fantastic and the detalization was amazing. This is the best book of the year so far for me.

I know a lot of people didn't like the book, some found it dull, so take my words with a grain of salt: you might not like it at all.

George, Shaun, and Buffy are the first bloggers to win a chance to cover Senator Ryman's presidential campaign, which they do. But along the way the campaign experience terrorist attacks which use zombies as their weapon. A lot of people die. The bloggers start to investigate the attacks and uncover the conspiracy so huge it might cost them their lives...

I don't want to go into details, but give you an entry from George's blog instead and let it speak for itself.

The trouble with the news is simple: People, especially ones on the ends of power spectrum, like it when you're afraid. The people who have the power want you scared. They want you walking around paralyzed by the notion that you could die at any moment. There is always something to be afraid of. It used to be terrorists. Now it's zombies.
What does it have to do with the news? This: the truth isn't scary. Not when you understand it, not when you understand the repercussions of it, and not when you aren't worried that something's being kept from you. The truth is only scary when you think part of it might be missing. And those people? They like it when you're scared. So they do their best to sit on the truth, to sensationalize the truth, to filter the truth in ways that make it something you can be afraid of.
If we didn't have to fear the truths we didn't hear, we'd lose the need to fear the ones we did. People should consider that.

- From The Images May Disturb You,
the blog of Georgia Mason, April 2, 2040

The book shook me. It hit close to home. The details made the dystopia so real and vivid I could easily see it happening.

If I could give is 11/10 I would (but it doesn't go to eleven). Pun intended for the fans of Spinal Tap.

By the way, a lot of us know Mira Grant as Seanan McGuire - the author who I absolutely loved even before this book. Now I'm a rabid fan.