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
The prologue is a glimpse into what our future is looking toward. We are all connected into the feed and living most of our life online (even when we eat - no physical menus!), and then all of a sudden everybody is cut off from it. The Feed is attacked and hacked by an unknown group, the president is assassinated, and the whole world is now withdrawing from the feed like a bad drug habit. Jump six years, and there are groups of people living together in a 'feed-less' world, where anyone with an implant for the Feed is open to attack at any moment. The book will give you pause on whether you would ever put a computer chip implant in your body in the future. The world building is brilliant, and the structure of the novel holds a few really good twists that I never saw coming. This book will fit right in with some of the great dystopian novels coming out right now.— Jason
“Think The Road intricately wrapped around Station Eleven with a dash of Oryx and Crake...Windo pushes all the right buttons in this post-apocalyptic mashup.” -- Kirkus
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.
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?
“A chilling, dystopian page-turner—I was hooked from the very beginning and haunted for days after finishing it.”
“Evocative of Black Mirror, The Feed is a visceral warning about our addiction to technology and shortening attention spans in the form of an optimistic, engaging human perseverance tale.”
“A really clever and original book. A tense thriller wrapped up in a scarily plausible dystopian nightmare, with a twist that will make your head explode!”
“This thought-provoking debut shines a speculative light on the subjects of connection, disconnection, and identity in a not-so-distant digital age. The fast pace and absorbing plot will keep readers racing to the end.”
“Nick Clark Windo’s debut, quickly establishes this is not your typical post-apocalyptic scenario [...] Though there are clear similarities to “The Walking Dead” and “The Circle,” the book offers fresh, smart commentary about digital dependence and its potential effect on our minds and relationships.”
“Think The Road intricately wrapped around Station Eleven with a dash of Oryx and Crake...Windo pushes all the right buttons in this post-apocalyptic mashup.”
“Imagine a mash-up of “Black Mirror” episodes in post-apocalyptic Britain.”
“A startling and timely debut which presents a world as unique and vividly imagined as Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.”
“Easily one of the most powerful and disturbing novels of the year, a dystopian mash-up of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers (sans alien pods) with a heavy nod towards John Wyndham, Nigel Kneale, Philip K Dick and Orwell’s 1984.”
“[A] brilliant, highly charged debut.”
“A compelling story of people rediscovering what it means to be human in a world abruptly unplugged.”
“Warning: THE FEED is ludicrously addictive...I devoured this story barely putting it down. Great concept, great execution, plenty of book trauma with a huge emotional rush of an ending. Left me vaguely tearful. Highly Recommended.”
“THE FEED examines our addiction to technology through the lens of a bleak dystopia, reminiscent of The Road. A deft and extremely clever work of sci-fi that kept me completely immersed in the world Windo created.”
“Surprising and ambitious, The Feed takes connectivity to a terrifying extreme--and then rips it away. Technology-addled survivors are forced to relearn how to live in a world in which nothing is safe, not even sleep. Fascinating.”
“I really enjoyed it and what a great ending!”
“What a riveting and original novel! The Feed is frighteningly believable and disturbing and I loved the way I was pulled into its dark reality, so convincing it’s almost unbearable. The Feed is one of those rare novels that changes your mind as you read it.”
“A tense thriller with a strong vein of the speculative. And that ending . . . blimey!”
“Nick Clark Windo’s captivating debut is a dark, thought-provoking read. Tap into The Feed and it will change your world.”