- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Headline (25 Jan. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472241908
- ISBN-13: 978-1472241900
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Feed: A chilling, dystopian page-turner with a twist that will make your head explode Hardcover – 25 Jan 2018
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The Feed is a chilling, dystopian page-turner - I was hooked from the very beginning and haunted for days after finishing it. (S J Watson)
[A] brilliant, highly charged debut (Daily Mail)
Combining thriller with futuristic nightmare, Nick Clark Windo's debut novel presents an all too believable version of a near future . . . ambitious and thought-provoking (S magazine)
Easily one of the most powerful and disturbing novels of the year . . . intensely original and constantly surprising . . . a visceral experience (Starburst)
[An] admirable debut . . . succeeds as a sober, semi-satirical commentary on our connectivity-obsessed times (Financial Times)
What a riveting and original novel! The Feed is frighteningly believable and disturbing and I loved the way I was pulled into its dark reality, so convincing that it's almost unbearable. The Feed is one of those rare novels that changes your mind as you read it. It is such a brilliant exploration of the hive-mind, taken to chilling extremes which almost destroy humanity. (Helen Dunmore)
I really enjoyed it and what a great ending! (Martina Cole)
An interesting post-apocalyptic science fiction novel that builds to a climax that embraces the three Hs - haunting, horrific and perhaps, hopeful (Science Fact and Science Fiction Concatenation)
Nick Clark Windo's captivating debut is a dark, thought-provoking read. Tap into The Feed and it will change your world (Adam Hamdy)
A really clever and original book. A tense thriller wrapped up in a scarily plausible dystopian nightmare, with a twist that will make your head explode! (C. J. Tudor)
A unique, thought-provoking and utterly addictive thriller with a chilling premise at its core. THE FEED will be devoured by fans of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS and STATION ELEVEN.See all Product description
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It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel and what a way to make your entrance into the world of literature, producing a novel that i am sure has given many book clubs hours of discussion. I know i have been talking about it, even to people who aren’t readers because The Feed is in some ways could be the way we are heading!
As it is today any of us can pop on twitter and find out what Stephan King is watching on Netflix or on Facebook and see what our next door neighbour had for their lunch and the premise of The Feed is taking those capabilities and A.I intelligence to a more advanced level of access and how society copes when it is all taken away from them.
The Feed is the way of life for the entire planet, no need to spend months learning a new language or going to uni to study law when you can have all that knowledge fed straight to your brain in an instant. You have access to everyone’s thoughts, memories and feelings, (I guess it would cut down the infidelity rates!) as well as other people’s locations. And for a cost you can have all your memories, your entire being backed up and saved to the Feeds servers.
As in real life the technology is taken for granted and is their normal everyday lives, but not everyone chose to be “switched on” whilst others like Tom and Kate who choose to “going slow” meaning unplugging themselves from the Feed to free themselves of the addiction, even for short periods of time. And being unplugged means that they have to actually talk in words!! (shock horror!)
So when the Feed suddenly malfunctions and then entirely collapses the human race has no idea how to survive without it. As all the power goes out and the world defended into complete anarchy the knowledge of how to produce and harness electricity along with everything else dies with the Feed.
And now all that is left is an apocalyptic world with very few survivors of which many have turned feral leaving very few that can be trusted. And just to make life that much easier (like that’s going to happen!) people are having their bodies taken over by something unknown wiping out who the host used to be entirely. And the only way to try to stop it is always having someone watch over you as you sleep. Never fall asleep on your own and watch closely for signs of being “taken”
Kate and Toms daughter Bea was born after the collapse and has been brought up on a remote farm with a handful of survivors and for her and the others life on the farm is as safe and peaceful as it can be in a world gone to ruin. But of course that doesn’t last forever! A catastrophic night turns their lives upside-down yet again and sets Tom and Kate on an epic journey across a hostile country in search of their daughter.
There as certainly some interesting characters along they way that help make this book so great. You may see some bits coming but there are a lot more that you won’t! This is not a book that you can start reading and put back down so be prepared to lose some sleep over this one! You have been warned lol.
The Feed is now in the process of being turned into a tv series which is set to premiere in 2019 on Amazon Video starring Christopher Eccleston, Marion Bailey, Guy Burnet, Michelle Fairley, and David Thewlis
I just hope it does the book justices as this is one hell of a book!!
Set in the near future it explores a time where we are constantly connected to The Feed, a device that is within us and allows us to be constantly connected to each other and the wider world. The Feed lets us see other people’s memories, thoughts and feelings and allows us to carry out whole conversations without even opening our mouths. Everything is shared, all thoughts are available in a millisecond and The Feed is as big a need as food and water. But what happens when The Feed collapses? How do people who have spent decades connected to one another communicate? How do they live? How do they exist? These are the questions which Nick Clark Windo asks via strong characters, a broad and sweeping landscape and a clever and inventive plot.
As dystopian fiction goes I found this absolutely terrifying. It is incredibly real and wholly recognisable. The Feed is an extreme version of the lives we are living now and at times I winced in recognition of how reliant I have become at having the whole world at my fingertips. A post Feed world sees the protagonists Kate and Tom living in a remote farmhouse with their daughter Bea, and other survivors of the collapse. The effect of The Feed on the human brain is astounding, words are shortened, others are adopted with a different meaning.
He quivers between seriousness and glee as he describes how mem is to remember and how mundles are memories. Emotis are emotions. How to talk is to talk and not to stream; a stream is a small river, like a brook.
However, this is the tip of the iceberg because although The Feed has been switched off the technology is still lying dormant allowing them to hijacked and inhabited by another person. Everybody is therefore watched whilst they sleep lest their bodies be taken over by an unknown entity. When two of their members are ‘taken’ and Bea goes missing Tom and Kate set out on a journey into a post-Feed UK which is a dark, lonely and desolate place.
Dystopian fiction lives and dies on the world that is created within it and Nick Clark Windo has done a sterling job in this book. There are layers and layers of details that are casually yet expertly dotted throughout the book to create a world which felt like a living, breathing thing. Atmosphere seeps from the pages, gradually building tension and suspense as Tom and Kate navigate a desperate and difficult world.
A fox stops, steady on its legs, and large. Another jumps down to the pavement from a wall. And another. Then three more. All of them watching, circling, waiting. These things are huge and well fed.
Beyond the world building of advertisements being fed straight into our brains, messages sent out to billions of people and emotions being communicated by thoughts this is a book about human nature. Nick Clark Windo has taken humans back to an almost childlike state where they must learn how to communicate on a basic level without the aid of technology. The most primal emotions are difficult for Kate and Tom who both struggle to understand how the other feels without the aid of The Feed. I found this incredibly sad to read and got frustrated that they were unable to read facial cues. I also felt that for both of them, their relationship with Bea wasn’t quite as intense as it would have been had they not had previously been so reliant upon The Feed. I was absorbed in their story though, and was willing them on on their quest through the abandoned towns and villages of England.
The Feed is a cracking novel which made my head spin and I can’t stop thinking about it. It is extremely well-written, absorbing, compelling and I defy you to read a less gripping opening chapter than the one which Nick Clark Windo has written. It sets up the book wonderfully well and is one of the best I have ever read.
The concept of the 'taken' was really interesting, though the truth of them I felt was a little too far-fetched for me to believe. Putting that aside and accepting it as it is, I was able to understand the motives and reasons behind it, even though the result of their actions is no better than what they were originally working towards. It's hard to say more without giving spoilers, but suffice to say I had great sympathy with the one we came to know. I also kind of accept Tom's decision, though I can't help but wish he'd chosen differently.
The story as a whole had a great aura of sadness to it. It is a world (our world) that has become so dependent on technology and its ease to the point where we made it part of us, and then realising how bereft we are when it is taken away. When speech is hard to form, and we cannot do even the most basic of things. Our brains become naturally sluggish, relying on data to enforce what we know and remind us of who we are. It's a sad and almost realistic truth. Even the ending had a tang of sadness in it, and I wish it could have been different but I accept what it is.
Would I recommend it: most definitely.
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