Title: The Feed
Author: Nick Clark Windo
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?
The Feed is a really unique, interesting dystopian-style novel (I won’t say ‘thriller’ as I don’t think it’s really that kinda book, and I’ll explain why) which I enjoyed reading.
I felt that it was fairly slow to start with, taking time to build characters and a sense of this world that Tom and Kate (and the people around them) live in. Because a lot has changed between the real world of today and the fictional world that the story is set in, there’s a lot to take in with regards to details and occurrences as things begin to fall apart. We then skip forward 6 years and see how things have developed.
I struggled to warm to the main characters, but there’s kind of a reason for that as you read on. There are some interesting developments and surprises which took the book, for me, from a fairly slow read to suddenly a much more interesting one – I really like the way the author ramps up the tension as the book goes on. The second half of the book definitely features more ‘action’ but I still wouldn’t categorize this as a thriller, as it’s much more about the characters and the setting they live in, rather than what they’re doing – though of course this does play a key part too, as they desperately try to search for their missing daughter.
I loved the idea of humans becoming reliant on a kind of social network which is embedded inside us; with our seemingly growing reliance on social media and technology, this is a very pertinent story which makes you sit back and consider how realistic this is. Worryingly, I can actually imagine this kind of thing happening one day.
I don’t want to say any more as I don’t want to give too much away, but this is definitely a recommended read for anyone who enjoys a different and intriguing dystopian read.