Set in the not-too-distant future, nearly all of earth’s inhabitants are hooked up to the Feed. People communicate by essentially inhabiting each other’s minds; they know exactly what other people are thinking and feeling. Everyone has access to all available information worldwide including news, history, scientific ideas, etc. One day the Feed crashes. Chaos ensues and it isn’t long before most people are dead. Kate, Tom and their daughter Bea survive and live cooperatively, if somewhat uneasily, with several other people until one day Bea is stolen by a raiding party. Kate and Tom get separated and go on their own journeys through what is left of the world to find Bea. Questions of how people deal with the loss of their addiction to constant chatter, what now defines an individual, and how relationships rebuild after individuals are no longer emotionally naked are fascinating. This book will appeal to lovers of both dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction.— Kay Wosewick
Set in a post-apocalyptic world as unique and vividly imagined as those of Station Eleven 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.
IT MAKES US. IT DESTROYS US. NOW WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITHOUT IT.
The 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 world.
Tom 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 it.
The 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 true.
Tom 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?