Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Review: Fed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1.5) by Mira Grant
Fed by Mira Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fed is an alternative timeline of the end of Feed. If you think the real ending was an emotional punch in the gut, wait until you read how it could've happened. Fed is available for free on Facebook if you "Like" this page.
Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) has often hinted that she knows what would've happened if Feed had ended differently. In Deadline, there's a reference to the figurehead working for the bad guys having been planted to specifically prey on one scenario. Mira Grant has said in interviews that the ending to Feed was what it needed.
I must say, this alternative isn't what I imagined. I imagined someone being more apt to relax her guard, to the bad guy getting away, to perhaps an outbreak during the Republican National Convention.
That isn't what happens here. What does happen is a huge spoiler for the real ending, though, so I won't discuss it in any further detail. If you read and liked Feed, I recommend that you read this alternative, as well. Fed contains significant spoilers for Feed, as many of the events that occur in Feed also occur in the alternate-universe version.
Where it matters, though, the story veers sharply, and some might say disturbingly. I was pretty well braced from the original ending, but it still broadsided me. So be warned.
She's right, though. The ending we got to Feed was the one that needed to happen. This story, if nothing else, hammers that home.
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