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Thursday, 25 January 2018

The Feed @nickhdclark @headlinepg #NeedTheFeed

About The Feed

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...

My review of The Feed

The Feed is a post apocalyptic, dystopian stunner of a book, that I could not put down. This book both disturbed and enthralled me, with its new world creation and characters that I truly cared about. This book made me think about the way in which we live, and it left me with many thoughts long after the final paragraph.

So, you can probably tell that I loved this book. The Feed focuses upon a young married couple, Tom and Kate, and we first meet them six years prior to the collapse of the world, when their world is quite literally turned upside down. This is due to the fact that the Feed no longer exists. People had lived in a world that allowed them to communicate via the Feed, in their minds. They had no need to talk, as everyone could read their thoughts, and feel their emotions. Everything was out there for everyone to see. When the Feed collapses, people no longer know how to communicate to each other, to read or write. Their world had comprised of QR codes and instsnt information and gratification. This book is somehow both sobering and frightening, as the life we now live is not too dismillar to the world created in this book.

I'll be honest in that it took me a little while to fully immerse myself in this book. I think this was because of the sheer amount of detail. That I needed to get my head around what the Feed was, as well as this completely new world. However, once I had, that was it, I was hooked.

In a world dominated by social media where every thought and emotion is shared, what would happen without it? Are we becoming a nation who talk less and text more? forever glued to our phone screens? This book most defineitly makes you think about the role that the Internet and socual media play in our daily lives. This is one aspect of the book.

The other is the relationship between Kate and Tom, and how this relationship is tested when their daughter, Bea, goes missing. Throughout the book we get to read both Kate's and Tom's point of view. Both in the present and in the past. I got a real understanding of how they fitted together and what made them tick. This was needed for the book to work. I needed to care about them as individuals, and as a couple, to want to read about what happened to them. Although this is a brilliant post apocolppytuc story, it is also a story about family and the fact that you would do absolutely anything to protect your child.

The Feed is a fabulous read. It entertains, it unsettles you, and it makes you think about the role that technology plays in all our lives. It's also a book that constantly keeps you guessing, and as for the ending, well, I thought it was absolutely brilliant

The Feed is pbbished on 25 Jan by Headline. It can be found on Amazon here.

With thanks to Bookbridgr and the publisher for the advanced hardback copy.

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