It makes us. It destroys us.
The Feed is everywhere. It can be accessed by anyone, at any time. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it.
Tom and Kate use The Feed, but they have resisted addiction to it. And this will serve them well when The Feed collapses.
Until their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing.
Because how do you find someone in a world devoid of technology? And what happens when you can no longer trust that your loved ones are really who they claim to be?
Published by; Headline Books
Author on Twitter - https://twitter.com/nickhdclark
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I found this to be an extremely enjoyable and dark debut, that centres around The Feed and how it had controlled people but when the system went down, society fell apart and those left are trying to make sense of the world they now find themselves living in.
'The Feed' is a system very similiar to the social media world we live in now, but instead of using a device to pick up news and share your views, this system is in your head and controls their way of life. Without it they struggle - in a similar way as to many nowadays who don't seem to be able to function without a mobile phone in their hand, and that helped make this book more believable and easy to understand the chilling side of how free thought is being undermined and what could the future bring for us all. Not a pleasant thought at all!!
At the heart of the story are Kate and Tom. Their story is told over different stages, and from both viewpoints, and you get a glimpse into how they deal with life under the control of The Feed, how they step outside the grid every now and then as they are only too aware of the problems that the 'connected' world has created . But then there is a massive incident, chaos follows and the world changes.
We then fast forward 6 years to life without the control of The Feed and it's a chilling place. Many have died and survival for those left behind is bleak and you really pick up on the depressing vibes for those trying to carry on with food in short supply, and never knowing how to trust as many are fearful of anyone they meet.
When their daughter Bea goes missing, after they tell her the perils of going to sleep unwatched, it really adds a different edge to the story as they, and you!, try and figure out what has happened to her and why would someone be taking children. There is a few twists and turns introduced to the plot too which add to the mystery and are a clever way of keeping you on your toes as to just where the story could go next!
Some of the characters along the way are not all that they seem and I really enjoyed trying to work out the motives of many, along with the flashbacks the characters have and wondering the importance, if any, these had on the storyline. The connection with the world we live in and humans are destroying the natural world is also part of it and once more that helps the reader connect with what is happening.
Overall I found this to be a pulsating read that had some really clever twists and a chilling outlook for us all to fear! Be very afraid!!