The Feed connected the world, making everything instantly accessible in your mind, thanks to an implant. The implant gave people immediate access to news, social media, and communication. Even memories could be stored for later access. Turning off your feed and “going slow”— living in the moment and talking aloud— wasn’t easy. The Feed was addictive, and once you had it, you never wanted to be without it. So it’s no surprise that when the Feed collapsed, the world collapsed right along with it.
I was intrigued by the idea of this world-wide implant-aided connection being the thing that brought the world down. It was certainly a different take than what I’d previously read, and I was curious as to how it would all play out. I have to admit that I had a little trouble suspending disbelief on how quickly to world turned to ruin, however. For the level of destruction described in the book to have happened in a mere six years seemed a bit much sometimes, but I went with it and was able to keep my head (mostly) in the story.
There was an interesting twist regarding what can happen to a person while they sleep. It’s referred to as being “Taken” and it remains a mystery for quite some time as to what that means. A person must be watched as they sleep, and when it becomes apparent that they have been taken, the watcher must take quick, drastic action. When it is later explained just what being “Taken” means, and why it happens, it provided a twist to the story that I wasn’t expecting.
This was a nice read overall, but it didn’t blow me away as I was hoping it would do. Still, I’m glad I read it.
Author: Nick Clark Windo
Title: The Feed: A Novel
Published: March 13th, 2018 by William Morrow
Rating: 3 stars
About the Book
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?