Saturday, June 4, 2011
Hugo stuff: 'Feed' by Mira Grant
This morning I finished reading 'Feed' by Mira Grant.
It's an enticing zombie tale. Gritty here and there, with decent character development. Decent enough that I enjoyed reading it, and even looked forward to picking it up. There were only a few surprises and plot twists; The bad guy turned out to be exactly who you thought he was all along. The primary good girl turned out to..... well.... I won't spoil it for anyone.
One thing that nags me though: As the good guys trace the bad guy's money, they offhandedly mention it came from 'Big Tobacco'. No development of that idea happens at all. It's as if the author needed some background boogiespook, and felt comfortable tossing that one in... because... um... like... everyone knows they is bad, ya know? That throwaway felt cheap to me. Not thought out... just tossed in like it was part of a pre-teen gigglefest at the arcade.
I give it an 8 for ability to hold the readers interest, a 6 for character development, and a 5 for plot predictability.
The book is the first in a series (Newsflesh, Book 1). As such, and since it's a fairly fast romp that holds the readers attention well (at least mine), I'm willing to let some foibles pass.
Now, I shall be reading the Hugo nominee competition for 'Feed' . Let us see how it fares.