Mira Grant's Hugo Award nominated book Feed is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I am not generally a fan of science fiction or zombies, but this book breaks so many rules, and is so entertaining I could not put it down! Not to mention, at the end, there is a twist I did not see coming.
The world of "Feed" is the world of zombies, of two very different viruses that created real zombies. The virus pathology is well-researched and adds an edge of reality to this fantastic world. The novel introduces us to Shaun and Georgia Mason, children of the new reality, and bloggers who report the news in very different ways. Shaun is an "Irwin, " a blogger who presents the news in an exciting and interesting way. Georgia is a "Newsie, " someone who reports the news as "just the facts" as much as possible. The banter between the siblings is fantastic and fun, and very realistic. The rest of the "cast" are also very well illustrated except for the presidential candidates, who came across as a bit two dimensional.
The zombies are continually a threat, but we do not see much interaction with them except for a very few harrowing moments. The majority of the book deals with the main characters following a presidential campaign and what happens to them as they grow more deeply enmeshed in uncovering a plot to undermine the most popular candidate by using the new zombie virus as a terrorist weapon.
I felt that the way that Shawn and Georgia suddenly became trusted experts was a bit unbelievable, and the repeated bureaucratic red tape of "test for the virus"-- especially the way that Georgia was continually harrassed for her vision issues (caused by the zombie virus, and a nice touch overall)-- was occasionally boring. I thought that the book could have been about 100 pages shorter, and still been as effective and good a story.
However, the fact that Georgia had a "disability" thanks to the virus, and the depth of the world building-- the zombie virus, the way that it came from a mutation of two other viruses, the blogger's world and the way they were obsessed with ratings, how quickly the ratings could and did change, and so many other tiny touches-- made this one of the most engrossing and scary books I've read in ages. I loved it. I highly recommend it to any fan of sci-fi, zombies, and fantastic tales. Go get it now!