I am delighted to be sharing “The Feed” by Nick Clark Windo. I would like to thank the lovely people at Headline Publishing for my eARC via NetGalley. The Feed is available in various formats from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
THE FEED by Nick Clark Windo is a startling and timely debut which presents a world as unique and vividly imagined as STATION ELEVEN and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.
Tom and Kate’s daughter turns six tomorrow, and they have to tell her about sleep.
If you sleep unwatched, you could be Taken. If you are Taken, then watching won’t save you.
Nothing saves you.
Your knowledge. Your memories. Your dreams.
If all you are is on the Feed, what will you become when the Feed goes down?
For Tom and Kate, in the six years since the world collapsed, every day has been a fight for survival. And when their daughter, Bea, goes missing, they will question whether they can even trust each other anymore.
The threat is closer than they realise…
The Feed is a futuristic look at something that could possibly happen. An implant that gives wearers 24-7 access to news feeds, people’s lives, their feelings, where physical communication has been taken over by virtual communication. Tom and Kate are the main focus of this story, Tom insists that he and Kate do have time “off Feed” and spend time talking, this is difficult as the feed is so much part of every day life. When the feed collapses Tom and Kate go back to basics, and head into the country. The story jumps forward six years and they have a daughter Bea. Things are bleak but they are surviving, but when their daughter in taken they try to find her. It is this part of the story that explains the details of the feed and what happened.
I will admit to struggling with the beginning of this book, I couldn’t quite see where the story was going and didn’t understand the concept of “The Feed”. But I could see that there was something about it that intrigued me more than just a little bit. I am glad I persevered with this book as suddenly it started to come together, things started to make sense. Once these things started to fall into place I found a really enjoyable read, with some great descriptions of a bleak lawless landscape where people made the most of what they have got. Tom and Kate I didn’t warm to immediately, but they seem to fit and almost mirror the desolation and loneliness of the land. When I got the plot I really enjoyed it, it plays well on the fear of an advanced technologically dominated future, one that I am sure many people will see as a definite possibility. I know I do!
Overall this is a good read, a bit of a slow amble along in the beginning, but picks up pace to a satisfactory conclusion, with some good unexpected twists. It is not excessively heavy on technological terms, Nick has kept it understandable. A book I would recommend to readers of a futuristic, dystopian, mystery, thriller and science fiction genres.
My thanks to Headline Publishing Group and NetGalley for my eARC of this book. My views expressed are my own and are unbiased.
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