The Feed (Hardcover) by Nick Clark Windo

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List Price: £16.99

Hardcover: 368 Pages.

Published: 25 January 2018 by Headline

ISBN: 1472241908

EAN: 9781472241900

Review by Debra Found

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Great Idea - Quite Chaotic

In the future - not that far in the future - the internet has morphed into The Feed. Through an implant, everyone is linked to news, peoples feeds, messages, emotions as well as chemical adjustments to keep their body at the optimum health and many more automatic  functions. This is accessed in front of their eyes in some way, no device is needed. Better still you can get automatic backups (if you have enough money) so if you die you can just be downloaded into a synthetic body & continue. It all sounds wonderful until one day the US president is assassinated by a man who has been taken over - by whom? The world slowly collapses with people being taken over & going on killing sprees. We meet Tom & Kate six years later in a post apocalypic world where they are barely surviving. They are terrified of having their minds taken over, of running out of fuel, of strangers.....the world is a scary place.

This is a very complicated book which meanders back and forth between the post apocalyptic world and various points in the past. I must confess to not understanding all of the details about The Feed and its downfall but I very much liked the concept. It really wasn't that far fetched.

I am not sure that the book lived up to the idea. The rambling back and forth and between characters was slightly chaotic and I did get lost on occasion. There are complicated relationships with the past - particularly Tom's relationship with his brother which was actually a complication too far. A character Mark was introduced which the story could have coped well without. There was a lack of structure throughout.

The end of this book was quite rushed. As the end approached I thought that it would end on a cliffhanger and the story would continue in a second book. However, the author chose not to do this and consequently the ending seemed quite rushed. I wasn't totally satisfied that all the ends were tied up with everything explained.

I loved the idea of this book but the reality was rather chaotic and didn't quite live up to my expectations.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

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