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.
Your knowledge. Your memories. Your dreams.
If all you are is on the Feed, what will you become when the Feed goes down?
Tom and Kate use The Feed, but they have resisted addiction to it. And this will serve them well when The Feed collapses and 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.
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?
In an eerily realistic near-future setting this book will make you think about your own social media lives and how much we all rely on the internet and technology. Without it reviews such as this wouldn’t be possible!
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!!
The Feed is out now in Hardback and digital edition and will be published in paperback on the 9th August 2018.