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    The Feed ePUB ↠ Hardcover world, it has also eroded trust In a world where survival of the fittest is a way of life, there is no one to depend upon except yourself and maybe even that is no longer trueTom and Kate have managed to protect themselves and their family But then their six year old daughter, Bea, goes missing Who has taken her How do you begin to look for someone in a world without technology And what happens when you can no longer even be certain that the people you love are really who they claim to be."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 325 pages
  • The Feed
  • Nick Clark Windo
  • English
  • 14 October 2019
  • 0062651854

10 thoughts on “The Feed

  1. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comI started reading this book a few months ago, unfortunately, due to time constraints I had to put it to one side for a while as it wasn t really a book I could dip in and out of I know I tried As the story was quite complex, for me anyway Whilst I love Dystopian fiction some elements felt quite Sci Fiy is that even a word and Sci Fi isn t something I read often, hence I needed to concentrate on the book.The story begins in the not too di Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comI started reading this book a few months ago, unfortunately, due to time constraints I had to put it to one side for a while as it wasn t really a book I could dip in and out of I know I tried As the story was quite complex, for me anyway Whilst I love Dystopian fiction some elements felt quite Sci Fiy is that even a word and Sci Fi isn t something I read often, hence I needed to concentrate on the book.The story begins in the not too distant future in a world where people are connected to The Feed , they do most things via it, including communicate with one another Even when sat facing each other, spoken language is rarely used You can see another person s fears, worries, memories, loves, just about everything about another person via The Feed Just think of today s social media but with the ability to see into the person you are connecting with This has been happening for years and is a way of life.However, one day The Feed goes offline Imagine a world where people don t know how to communicate with one another, let alone speak out loud There is also another scary element to The Feed disappearing, it is easily hijacked and people are vanishing in their sleep, so when you sleep someone has to watch over you.The Feed is one amazing book set in a world where people don t know how to be just like we are in today s society Imagine if the internet vanished and you couldn t access anything via the web any, how would life exist, how would businesses exist Imagine that scenario but with aserious element to it, you or someone you love could easily be taken by someone or something hijacking the now dead internet Quite scary to think about.This is a book that makes you think, not only about the future but about the use and quite often overuse of technology today It is full of surprises and twists and turns It did feel a little slow to get going, but once past the first couple of chapters the pace picked up and the book came alive The characters all fitted together perfectly and whilst the premise of disappearing in your sleep might seem a little far fetched, the bonding and behaviour of the cast made this book perfectly realistic.It s hard to believe reading this novel that it is written by a debut author, the writing is that good If you love Dystopian fiction then this is a book for you Also, I believe that there will soon be a TV series based on the book I hope that they keep to the plot and do the book justice I for one will be watching it


  2. Kirsty ❤️ Kirsty ❤️ says:

    I ve read a lot of horror books and not really been scared but whilst this doesn t fit that category social media is everywhere and the idea of an apocalypse occurring when everything is switched off is something I can actually see happening and find quite scary Whilst the switching off wouldn t cause me to have mass panic like some I can really feel for these characters especially Danny who has only ever known this way of life and struggles to cope in the real world without the network contact I ve read a lot of horror books and not really been scared but whilst this doesn t fit that category social media is everywhere and the idea of an apocalypse occurring when everything is switched off is something I can actually see happening and find quite scary Whilst the switching off wouldn t cause me to have mass panic like some I can really feel for these characters especially Danny who has only ever known this way of life and struggles to cope in the real world without the network contact The opening chapter is great and a brilliant set up for the rest of the book but once the dystopian post apocalypse part kicked in I felt it didn t follow through on the premise and I was left wantingThe writing style changes to tie in with the lifestyle change I assume and I couldn t quite gel with it It felt very disjointed and I often got confused as to where one character paragraph ended and the next started.It s not a bad book, the idea is a really good one but for me I wantedfrom the story.Free arc from netgalley


  3. Emily B Emily B says:

    I only managed to really start enjoying this book after reading 150 pages I nearly gave it three stars based on the second half of the book I found it had an Interesting concept but it was never full explained, which was a little frustrating I also felt that the aside from the main two characters, other were too forgettable and not very distinct from each other.


  4. Stacey Camp Stacey Camp says:

    5 Goodreads StarsWho did you first share your thoughts with It was the most intimate feeling, wasn t it Nothing between you, no way to lie, just pure and perfect thinking All of us, plaited together The space we create, that we forge with our lives that s what we have to protect We work hard for such an inconsequential space, but it is absolutely everything to us Nick Clark Windo s The Feed is a beautifully written, darkly intense dystopian novel concerning the future of humank 5 Goodreads StarsWho did you first share your thoughts with It was the most intimate feeling, wasn t it Nothing between you, no way to lie, just pure and perfect thinking All of us, plaited together The space we create, that we forge with our lives that s what we have to protect We work hard for such an inconsequential space, but it is absolutely everything to us Nick Clark Windo s The Feed is a beautifully written, darkly intense dystopian novel concerning the future of humankind in a technology saturated world Imagine if Twitter and Facebook were implanted in your brain you could access non stop thoughts, memories, and newsfeeds of everyone in the entire world This is the world in which The Feed is set, and this is what the Feed refers to It isn t hard to envision our world moving in that direction in the not so distant future Despite the draw and addicting allure of the Feed, there are some citizens who don t like it They are known as the Resistors, people who have reverse engineered or reverse biohacked their implants, including such things as microphones in one s lip They have physically cut out the implants from their bodies to avoid the Feed The book begins with Tom and Kate, a couple who have strong feelings about the Feed Tom is adamantly opposed to it despite the fact his father and brother, Ben, were the creators of it Kate enjoys the fanfare of the Feed, as she is essentially what we would consider a viral YouTuber in her world She has lots of followers, and experiences endorphin rushes when they share or praise her content When the Feed is hacked by an unknown group, society as Kate and Tom know it collapses Think Margaret Atwood s Oryx and Crake and Cormac McCarthy s The Road collapse It s bad, and what makes it worse is that most of the world has become so reliant on the Feed to tell them what to do that they have no clue how to do the most quotidian things All information has been digitized Physical books are obsolete Medications and products are marked with QR codes rather than text describing their contents and use If you needed to know how to cook a meal, you pull it up on the Feed The Feed s absence renders most people helpless, leaving few people and little knowledge left to rebuild the world Even language and vocalization have to be rediscovered, as most people communicated through their minds via the Feed The hacking of the Feed has also caused a mysterious illness infecting millions of people across the globe This illness only comes on at night while people are sleeping, which means that someone always has to stay up watching their friend or family member for signs of infection The infection causes people s personalities to dramatically change to point that they often kill or attack their friends or family members The only way to cure this illness is to kill the infected person It only infects people with the Feed implants, so Resistors without implants have slowly been taking over civilization.I ll admit it took me a few days to really get into this book This is because the book s world is so rich and intricate that you have to memorize and learn lots of new vocabulary terms This is what makes the book so successful, though Once you get into the book s brave new world, you find yourself enmeshed in its uniqueness Once I got 25% of the way through the book, I could not put it down There are so many unexpected, exciting twists and turns in this book, but they make sense within the context of the story and the characters personalities and motivations There were a few moments at the beginning of the book where I felt like I was reading Cormac McCarthy s The Road, but I mean that as a compliment To close, The Feed provides timely, apt criticism of our digitally infused world It encourages the reader to reflect upon the potential long term social and environmental consequences of a digitally connected and digitally addicted world For those of you who are already itching to get a copy of The Feed, you ll have to wait until March 13, 2018 I can assure you, however, that it is definitely worth the wait Thank you to the author, Nick Clark Windo, the publisher, HarperCollins, and Edelweiss for providing me with an advanced ready copy of The Feed


  5. Blair Blair says:

    The prologue of The Feed is a snapshot of future society just as it begins to crumble As they spend the evening in a restaurant, Tom is trying to persuade his wife Kate to switch off her Feed, if only for a few minutes The Feed is an invention that s transformed human life, making it possible for everyone to be permanently plugged in to a neverending stream of information and communication, augmenting everything about what one experiences in reality Advertisements, for example, no longer exi The prologue of The Feed is a snapshot of future society just as it begins to crumble As they spend the evening in a restaurant, Tom is trying to persuade his wife Kate to switch off her Feed, if only for a few minutes The Feed is an invention that s transformed human life, making it possible for everyone to be permanently plugged in to a neverending stream of information and communication, augmenting everything about what one experiences in reality Advertisements, for example, no longer exist in the physical world There are just quickcodes which cause relevant ads to display to anyone who looks at them as long as they re connected to the Feed, but then everyone is except extremist Resisters The characters conversation is interrupted by a shockwave spreading around them as the same scene is beamed into everyone s Feed The President has been assassinated it s the beginning of the end.Six years later, we find Tom, Kate and their daughter Bea living alongside a handful of other survivors Thousands died when the Feed collapsed, and those who remain are damaged, often confused, and lacking in many of the skills needed to create a self sufficient community There s also the threat of being taken , when a hacker hijacks one s mind using the old biological hardware required to make the Feed work These characters have been left in relative peace so far but then two of the group are taken in quick succession, and Bea disappears, prompting Tom and Kate to set out across the ravaged country in the hope of finding her.Inevitably, when I read stories like this, I find their settings and contexts and technology their worlds farinteresting than whatever the characters are doing And Nick Clark Windo has put a lot of worldbuilding into The Feed I could have quite happily read about life both pre and post collapse all day There are tons of details to get your teeth into as Tom and Kate traverse a landscape made strange by loss and decay, shaped by desperation and the art of making do with what s left Scenes like those with the spiked van, the Pharmacist and the human animal will haunt me for a while.Where the book stumbles is in the construction of its characters I disliked both Tom and Kate, and I couldn t get a sense of their bond with Bea, or care about their quest to find her When you find yourself thinking I wouldn t be bothered if any or all of these people died , it s usually a bad sign BUT Halfway through, there s a monumental, genius twist that changes everything I can t say anythan that without spoiling it.The Feed lacks the humanity of Station Eleven, which the blurb naturally compares it to It reminded meof a cross between Louise Welsh s No Dominion and Liam Brown s Broadcast If carefully constructed future worlds matterto you than likeable characters, you ll get a lot of enjoyment out of this And at least the ending is almost on a par with Gone Girl as far as awful outcomes for awful people go.I received an advance review copy of The Feed from the publisher through NetGalley.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr


  6. Dannii Elle Dannii Elle says:

    Actual rating 3.75 5 stars.The Feed has access to every memory and every particle of knowledge you and the whole world possesses The Feed knows how you shop and what to sell you The Feed allows conversations to be transferred in milliseconds and conveys them from only the face and body you want others to see.But then The Feed becomes corrupted and the whole world falls prey to a silent killer There is now only a black hole where once everything humans had become was contained Without access Actual rating 3.75 5 stars.The Feed has access to every memory and every particle of knowledge you and the whole world possesses The Feed knows how you shop and what to sell you The Feed allows conversations to be transferred in milliseconds and conveys them from only the face and body you want others to see.But then The Feed becomes corrupted and the whole world falls prey to a silent killer There is now only a black hole where once everything humans had become was contained Without access to every aspect of the world at their fingertips humans must relearn how to interact with each other and how to construct a new life for themselves from the debris of what remains.This was such an intriguing concept and a unique take on the post apocalyptic trope The inclusion of this high tech failure was a scarily real feeling addition I loved learning about the world before, so familiar to our own where humans resided in social media bubbles separate to the physical world surrounding them It was painted in sharp contrast to the dog eat dog atmosphere grown from the bones of this seemingly infinite yet utterly defeated world, which Windo invites us to enter long after its initial destruction.The humans who we meet there are shells of who they were before it Everything from memories to simple words and phrases now escape them, so little used is the muscle of their brain, which often culminated in poignant and distressing scenes that focused on grief and the loss of the past but also the inability to both process or separate from it.The social commentary expose, for our own contemporary times, was obvious We have lost touch of humanity as we seek to become everrobotic in our everyday encounters The ease of interactions unspooled directly from one brain into another can not compare to the lost art of slow conversation and the discovery of who we truly are along the way.Despite being utterly enamoured in discovering this new world and being shocked to speechlessness with the mid way plot twist, this was a little unsatisfying in its conclusion I had questions I felt deserved answers and the world we explored much of, in geographical terms, still felt a little barren to me in other areas I appreciated all this did but also was looking for apermanent conclusion or answers on how to escape the horrors of the past and just what exactly they were which were all hinted at in less concrete terms than I ultimately would have liked


  7. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve all heard the cautionary tales involving social media, about the dangers of being constantly plugged in Nick Clark Windo s dark thriller debut takes this idea even further, imagining a future where people are permanently connected via implants so that access to everything is instantaneous as well as continuous This is the Feed that the novel s title is referring to a new tech that humans have become so dependent 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve all heard the cautionary tales involving social media, about the dangers of being constantly plugged in Nick Clark Windo s dark thriller debut takes this idea even further, imagining a future where people are permanently connected via implants so that access to everything is instantaneous as well as continuous This is the Feed that the novel s title is referring to a new tech that humans have become so dependent on, and so addicted to, that society can no longer function without it And so, when the Feed collapses one day, the results are predictably catastrophic Some of the most basic skills and knowledge are lost to the digital abyss as everyone must now learn how to survive offline and fend for themselves in this Feed less new world.For couple Kate and Tom, the adjustment has not been easy But they have managed to keep going the past few years, living with a group of survivors as they raised their daughter Bea, who was born post collapse But then one day, Bea goes missing, snatched away by raiders, and so Kate and Tom must embark on a treacherous journey to bring her back.It s said that things have to get bad before they can get better, and likewise, some books make you go through some really rough patches before you can get to the good parts of the story The Feed was a book like that For most of the first half, I struggled with nearly everything the characters, the plot, the world building From the moment the story opened, my patience was put to the test I found both protagonists horribly off putting Kate was especially annoying, as a heavy user of the Feed before its collapse She was an attention monger, self absorbed and totally oblivious To be fair, she was probably written this way by design, but in this case the author might have overplayed her personality Tom, on the other hand, struck me as bland and lacking in any spirit or agency I didn t feel like I could connect to either of them at all, which made the first part of this book a difficult slog I also struggled with the world building and the exaggerated side effects of the Feed Humans are biologically hard wired for curiosity, and I found it hard to believe that almost the entire population would simply surrender themselves to the Feed unquestioningly and let themselves become so helpless.And then the collapse happened, and subsequently, Bea s disappearance really turned things around Not to the point where I suddenly loved the book, mind you, but the story did become immenselyenjoyable once Tom and Kate finally had something to fight for The second half of The Feed unfolded a lotlike a traditional dystopian novel, following our protagonists as they traversed the post apocalyptic landscape, encountering violence and suffering However, there is also a unique element to this world, which comes in the form of a very specialized threat Even after the collapse, the sinister legacy of the Feed remains as those who possess the biological implants live in fear of being taken , a term to describe the process of being hacked and having your consciousness along with your personality and memories wiped clean and replaced The result is a lot of chaos, mistrust, and panic, along with an us vs them mentality among the survivors While The Feed is not a zombie story, you can see how the overall tone and some of its themes can sometimes make it feel like one.There is also a monumental twist near the end that changed nearly everything, and I m still not entirely sure what to make of it simply because it was so out of left field Did it make this bookinteresting Yes But in terms of whether it made the storycoherent or feasible, probably not That said, I m impressed with how Windo handled the challenges that came about because of this surprising development Everything could have fallen apart, but ultimately he was able to keep the threads of the story together and saw things through to the end.I won t lie, there were a lot of issues with this novel, particularly with the pacing and balance of the story s numerous concepts Still, there were plenty of fascinating ideas in here that I appreciated for their originality, especially once I got past the initial hurdles There s an almost sputtering, sporadic feel to the plot in some ways, it s like an engine that needs to be primed several times before it catches, but once it starts running, the ride smooths out and becomes a lotenjoyable The journey was certainly not boring, and that s probably the best thing I can say about a novel in a saturated market like the dystopian genre


  8. Jenny in Neverland Jenny in Neverland says:

    The Feed is, to put it simply, an exceptionally elaborate and advanced form of social media But instead of on an iPhone or a laptop, it s all ingrained in your head and you can access anything, anyone and everything instantaneously It s addictive and life altering and it s gone so far that most humans can t function without it Then one day, it collapses and everyone is offline Our main characters, Tom and Kate manage without it and find a way to survive with their daughter, Bea and a camp of The Feed is, to put it simply, an exceptionally elaborate and advanced form of social media But instead of on an iPhone or a laptop, it s all ingrained in your head and you can access anything, anyone and everything instantaneously It s addictive and life altering and it s gone so far that most humans can t function without it Then one day, it collapses and everyone is offline Our main characters, Tom and Kate manage without it and find a way to survive with their daughter, Bea and a camp of others, adapting to the new ways of life that the collapse of The Feed has forced them into Then one day, Bea goes missing and Tom and Kate head out on a truly treacherous mission to find her amongst a world of no technology, savages and threats far beyond our imagination.Okay, just to put it out there, I have a lot of thoughts about this book Some good but mostly bad annoying But bear with me First of all, I loved the concept I m not opposed to a bit of Sci Fi every now and again and being a bit of a social media addict myself, this concept sounded right up my street and I was instantly drawn in to it by the blurb and the cover With very little information about what The Feed is at first, you re going into the book with so many questions that anything is possible.The book begins with a look of Feed talk It s all very rapid and almost like the language was trying to emulate what was going on in someone s brain whilst using The Feed but I don t now if it was the formatting of the copy I had on my Kindle but I had a few problems with this section after this in the normal bulk of the story, the formatting was absolutely fine I noticed a few wording mistakes which shouldn t have been there and on occasion, I felt like I was reading a sentence which was in the wrong part of the book which made no sense to the one that came before or after it I don t know if this was intentional but nevertheless, it was weird and kinda annoying.Another huge problem I had which made me struggle with this bookthan I would have otherwise was that there were no chapters just a few really long sections No chapters is something I cannot stand But that s just a personal preference and something someone else might not be at all affected by.But something kept me reading The Feed and I think it was the need to knowabout this world they live in It was very interesting and very unique and original It had almost a Walking Dead vibe to it, after the collapse and roads were deserted and cars were upturned and houses were ransacked I did find it very difficult to picture some of the settings, however I loved the first part where Tom and Kate lived in their camp an old farm house with land with a few other people, including their daughter It was a nice part of the book which, now having finished it, was like the calm before the storm But everything after that big, the city and the buildings they were in, I found it very hard to imagine In a way that, if this was turned into a movie, then it would look words apart from how I m feebly attempting to imagine it in my head.Thinking about it now, this book would actually make an amazing film or TV show Oneniggle was that Kate was a desperately annoying and two dimensional character I couldn t tell you a single trait she had or something she loved other than her daughter or anything of substance In fact, none of the characters I felt were particularly interesting or vibrant Except Sylene who was intriguing especially how she came to be in the story I definitely feel, personally, that the writing was very much focusedon the settings a rather than the characters and the people and for me, I prefer it the other way around.Enough moaning, I am very confused about this book because like I said, it kept me reading I finished the last 15% in one sitting and I wanted to knowand what was going to happen next Which is obviously what a book should do to the reader But there were too many little things which irked me to give it a higher rating than I have If the author wrote another book with a similarly interesting and unique idea, would I read it Yes, probably If they made this story into a film, would I watch it Heck yes, definitely If I could rate on originality and storyline then this wouldh ave got a 4.5 but I have to take everything else into consideration when rating a book I certainly wouldn t encourage people not to read it though because it has a lot of potential to be a very popular read next year when its released You can find all my book reviews here www.jennyinneverland.com


  9. Alina Alina says:

    3.5 rounded upVery interesting concept, pacing goes back and forth between slow and alert


  10. Figgy Figgy says:

    RTCElements of stories like Walking Dead and others that I can t mention because of spoilers but, you know what, not entirely engaging or amazing, even though I quite enjoy the shows and books that clearly inspired this one.The writing is fine But the character building is pretty much non existent, and the only character I actually related to didn t show up until around half way through Also the chapters are hundreds of pages long, with scene breaks rather than chapter breaks a p RTCElements of stories like Walking Dead and others that I can t mention because of spoilers but, you know what, not entirely engaging or amazing, even though I quite enjoy the shows and books that clearly inspired this one.The writing is fine But the character building is pretty much non existent, and the only character I actually related to didn t show up until around half way through Also the chapters are hundreds of pages long, with scene breaks rather than chapter breaks a personal pet peeve.I had actually given up on this book not actively but I had set it aside and didn t feel any great desire to continue at around 40% for about two weeks, but then I read something in a review about how there was a twist around 40% in, so I got the audio to keep pushing through on my long drives to work.The twist, which is reasonably easy to predict for those who frequent the genre, did help the pacing of the story a little, and the events thereafter were a littleinteresting and different, but it only came in at around 50%, and by then I really didn t care enough to feel for any of them And it s not different enough to really surprise or challenge fans of the genre.The first 50% is this plodding, unoriginal, undeveloped thing While the second half is better, it didn t do enough to change my mind after all the plodding beforehand.Also, the main catalysts of this story were super manipulative view spoiler I m talking children being stolen so the adults have to chase after them, and the apparently required for emotional impact dog who is bound to be killed, and in this instance only stuck around for about three scenes see not long enough to get attached, but long enough for readers to see that this was the author s attempt to manipulate them hide spoiler My advice would be if you re going to do this one, get the audio The narrators are quite good including the author , and it does disguise the areas the writing is lacking, such as the characterisation and the world building


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The Feed❴Read❵ ➫ The Feed Author Nick Clark Windo – Thomashillier.co.uk Set in a post apocalyptic world as unique and vividly imagined as those of Mad Max and The Girl with All the Gifts, a startling and timely debut that explores what it is to be human and what it truly Set in a post apocalyptic world as unique and vividly imagined as those of Mad Max and The Girl with All the Gifts, a startling and timely debut that explores what it is to be human and what it truly means to be connected in the digital age MAKES US IT DESTROYS US NOW WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITHOUT ITThe Feed is accessible everywhere, by everyone, at any time It instantaneously links us to all information and global events as they break Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it it is the essential tool everyone relies on to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of partners, parents, friends, children, colleagues, bosses, employees in fact, of anyone and everyone else in the worldTom and Kate use The Feed, but Tom has resisted its addiction, which makes him suspect to his family After all, his father created it But that opposition to constant connection serves Tom and Kate well when The Feed collapses after a horrific tragedy shatters the world as they know itThe Feed s collapse, taking modern society with it, leaves people scavenging to survive Finding food is truly a matter of life and death Minor ailments, previously treatable, now kill And while the collapse has demolished the trappings of the modern world, it has also eroded trust In a world where survival of the fittest is a way of life, there is no one to depend upon except yourself and maybe even that is no longer trueTom and Kate have managed to protect themselves and their family But then their six year old daughter, Bea, goes missing Who has taken her How do you begin to look for someone in a world without technology And what happens when you can no longer even be certain that the people you love are really who they claim to be.


About the Author: Nick Clark Windo

Nick Clark Windo studied English Literature at Cambridge University and acting at RADAAs well as writing, he works as a film producer and communications coach He lives in London with his wife and daughter The Feed is his first novel.