Monday, March 21, 2011
The Dystopian Novel You All Should Be Reading
" 'Alive or dead, the truth won't rest. My name is Georgia Mason, and I am begging you. Rise up while you can.'
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.
NOW, twenty tears after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives--the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them."
If you're thinking what I was thinking when I first picked this up, then you're wrong. I first thought "eww, a book about zombies..." (then picturing all of the cheesy zombie movies I'd ever nearly seen before thinking better of it) "I'm going to hate this."
As soon as I started reading, I knew my initial thoughts were false. FEED is about a quest for truth. It's about a world where the media can't be trusted and a group of bloggers are the nation's only chance to recieve the real news on the Rising and the political campaign that the group has been asked to follow. It's about putting the facts in the hands of the people and fighting to the death for what is right. I can't say enough how much this book amazed me.
Over the past month, I've been working on reading one dystopian novel a week. So far, I've read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Feed by M.T. Anderson, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Never Let Me Go was fantastic, but left me craving something more raw and real. Feed by M.T. Anderson was so raw that it almost became superficial. I wanted to know more about the world and the characters and less about the MC's Holden Caulfield type ramblings. The Hunger Games seemed to have both the gritty truth and the subtle reality that I desired, but somehow ended flat. (The reason you never saw a review of it from me is probably because I got to the end and just stopped caring.) But Mira Grant's FEED has everything I wanted and more. It's dark and conceptual yet real with relatable characters and symbolism available if ever you look for it. I hope you'll all give this book your consideration.
It's great to be back and blogging again.