Synopsis: There are two sides to every story…
Mira Grant creates a chilling portrait of an America paralyzed with fear. No street is safe and entire swaths of the country have been abandoned. And only the brave, the determined, or the very stupid, venture out into the wild.
Step inside a world a half-step from our own in this novel of geeks, zombies, politics and social media.
“Good death, bad death, slow death, fast death–the modern world is the fucking Amazon.com of dying.”
The Newsflesh series was my introduction to Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant & I’ve just grown in my admiration of her writing the more I read. This is my ninth book of hers (plus a few short stories), so needless to say, I’m a fan! Next up will be Discount Armageddon, one of her urban fantasy series. I just cannot get enough of her fantastical writing, whether that is in science fiction or fantasy or something completely different altogether. ALL THE BOOKS IN MY EYE HOLES!!
Feedback takes us back to the beginning. It’s told alongside Feed, with the events overlapping. While the first trilogy focuses on the Mason siblings, Shaun & Georgia, this follows a different team of bloggers. You could read this first, but ARE YOU CRAZY?!? I kid, I kid. Mostly. But beware that there are some major spoilers for the original trilogy.
A bit of a rehash of book one in the trilogy, which in this case explains the concept of *this* book too, since the story parallels. 2014 is the year that changed everything. Thieves broke into a lab & unleashed a virus into the universe. That’s bad enough, but then it met up with another virus & the two fornicated to make one deadly virus that contained the worst of each – communicability & adaptability. Which means, of course, that a fuck ton of people died. But eventually humanity won against the Zombie Apocalypse. Jump ahead 20 years after the Rising & zombies walk among us, but they aren’t much of a threat. They just are there, hanging out in the background. Until they aren’t. Bloggers have become journalists seeking the truth. There is a presidential election & that is where this picks up.
Feedback is about a team of diverse bloggers – Aislinn, Ben, Audrey & Mat. Ash is the main POV & is married to Ben but dating Audrey & Mat is her best friend. It sounds more complicated than it is!
They have been recruited by a Democratic candidate, Governor Susan Kilburn. Although they worry that it may influence their reporting slightly, it’s a chance they are willing to take because it’s hard for them to turn down such a lucrative offer. This could be their big shot at attracting a larger audience & becoming the next Masons.
“Everyone else thinks of him as a throwback,” said Rick. “He’s too reactionary, he’s too insular, he wants to build a wall across the Canadian and Mexican border. A wall. As if the damn fences in Texas and Arizona didn’t get people killed during the Rising.”
The above quote seems shockingly familiar, yeah? The events are frighteningly similar to the current climate in many ways. That’s what this series does so well. It feels substantive, believable.. as though a Zombie Apocalypse is right around the corner. Which it just may be, if we don’t rise up..
Feedback is a fantastic addition to the Newsflesh series. It added more insight into the post-Rising world & didn’t feel repetitive at all. It was one of the most progressive SFF novels I have ever read, which never once felt forced. Because diversity isn’t something that is forced. It just is. It is a mirror of the world today. Of real people. Gay, genderfluid, black, an Irish immigrant.. these are just some of the character descriptors. Almost every character was as diverse as the next & it is just so incredibly refreshing. Representation matters so fucking much. SO MUCH.
Feedback is the perfect blend of zombies, science, gore & political intrigue. A bloody fast-paced, glorious installment in the Newsflesh world.
“I wanted to live. More than anything, I wanted to live.”