The Feed: A Novel by Nick Clark Windo #MiniReview

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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.

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of William Morrow via Edelweiss.

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Author: Nick Clark Windo

Title: The Feed: A Novel

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic

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?

 

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The First City by Joe Hart #Review @AuthorJoeHart@AmazonPub

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NB: If you haven’t read the first two books in this series, please be aware this review will contain spoilers for those books.

In The First City, the third and final book in The Dominion Series, we come to the end of Zoey’s story. Her fight has become even more crucial when she watches a video message informing her she has an unborn daughter back at the ARC… and is told she might hold the key to the survival of mankind. Unwilling to risk the lives of her friends, she sets off alone, traveling to Seattle in search of answers. What she finds is danger from both old and new threats, unexpected reunions, and—finally—the long-sought answer to who she is.

This is a fantastically satisfying wrap-up to the trilogy, and I enjoyed it immensely. There were no loose ends left dangling, and the resolution of each character’s journey always seemed fitting.

I’ve read several books in this genre, and this trilogy ranks highly as one of the best of them. I thought the basis of the trilogy—female births almost nonexistent, and the resulting consequences of that—to be a unique take on a dystopian society; an approach that (as far as I know) had not been done before. It created an even more frantic sense of impending doom, with the very real possibility that the human race could eventually die out. The way people reacted to this catastrophe—bringing out the worst, rather than the best in them—also felt like something that could easily happen in such a world.

If you’re a fan of this genre, you should give this trilogy a read. I think you’ll enjoy it, as a whole, as much as I did.

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer.

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Author: Joe Hart

Title: The First City

Series: The Dominion Trilogy #3

Genre: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic

Published: March 28th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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About the Book

In the thrilling conclusion to Joe Hart’s Dominion Trilogy, Zoey discovers who she truly is—and who she must become.

Zoey has only ever known a world with few women and a society capable of unimaginable evil. Now she’s about to learn she may be the only hope it has for salvation.

After she and her companions flee a vicious attack, barely escaping with their lives, Zoey finds herself faced with a new threat: video evidence suggesting she is the mother of an unborn baby girl—and the key to mankind’s survival. Knowing that her former captors will stop at nothing to control the power that lies within her, Zoey sets out on her own for the last American city, Seattle, in search of answers. But a new enemy awaits her there, and the truth she seeks may lead to her destruction as well as that of all humankind.

This stunning finale, hailed by bestselling author Blake Crouch as a “rapturous, thought-provoking, [and] impossible-to-put-down thriller,” begs us all to consider what we would do when asked to choose between humanity’s survival—and our own.

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About the Author

Author Joe Hart
Author Joe Hart

Joe Hart was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Having dedicated himself to writing horror and thriller fiction since the tender age of nine, he is now the author of nine novels, including The River Is Dark, Lineage, EverFall, and the first two books in the Dominion Trilogy, on which this graphic novel is based. When not writing, he enjoys reading, exercising, exploring the great outdoors, and watching movies with his family. For more information on his upcoming novels and access to his blog, visit http://www.joehartbooks.com.

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The Last Sacrifice by Joe Hart #Review @AuthorJoeHart @amazonpub

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The Last Sacrifice is a tie-in to Hart’s Dominion Trilogy, telling the story of what happened to Janie Tenner. Readers of the Dominion Trilogy will recognize her as the sister of Chelsea Tenner, and will recall her relating the story of Janie’s abduction to Zoey in The Last Girl. In this graphic novel, we learn what happened to Janie after she was taken.

I’m the type of reader who always wants to know more, so I was excited to read Janie’s story. Knowing what happened to her satisfied my curiosity immensely, and rounded out the series nicely, in my opinion.

The artwork throughout is beautifully done, easily conveying Janie’s horror, fear, etc. and giving the written words far more depth than they would have had, alone. I was amused to see a character who had a very strong resemblances to a certain actor, but it definitely set the mood for that character’s actions, so it worked for me.

A word of caution: you really shouldn’t read The Last Sacrifice as a stand-alone story. I’ve seen many reviews with readers opining that it didn’t make sense, or was too vague about what happened previously, giving lower ratings as a consequence. I can understand the frustration these readers must have felt because if you read it as a story that stands on its own, it’s not going to make sense to you. This graphic novel was never meant to be read as a stand-alone, however, as it gives a small slice of a much larger story. In order to fully appreciate this story, you really need to read the series, as well—otherwise, you’re most likely bound to be confused and disappointed.

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Goodreads Giveaways and the author.

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Authors: Joe Hart, Stuart Moore

Illustrators: Michael Montenat, Andrew DalhouseChris Summers

Title: The Last Sacrifice: The Graphic Novel

Series: The Dominion Trilogy

Genre: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Graphic Novel

Published: January 4th 2017 by Jet City Comics

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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About the Book

Acclaimed novelist Joe Hart (The Last Girl) brings the engrossing dystopian paranoia of his popular Dominion series to the comics page in collaboration with award-winning comic book writer Stuart Moore (The Zodiac Legacy) and celebrated illustrator Michael Montenat (Clive Barker’s Hellraiser).

In the near future, with the world’s female population on the brink of extinction, teenager Janie Tenner is taken by the sinister National Obstetric Alliance. Desperate to escape and reunite with her missing sister, she finds an unlikely ally: grieving father Tom Vincent, whose own daughter has disappeared.

But will Tom lead Janie out of the darkness to the promised land…or into a fresh new hell on earth?

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About the Authors

Author Joe Hart
Author Joe Hart

Joe Hart was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Having dedicated himself to writing horror and thriller fiction since the tender age of nine, he is now the author of nine novels, including The River Is Dark, Lineage, EverFall, and the first two books in the Dominion Trilogy, on which this graphic novel is based. When not writing, he enjoys reading, exercising, exploring the great outdoors, and watching movies with his family. For more information on his upcoming novels and access to his blog, visit http://www.joehartbooks.com.

 


Author Stuart Moore
Author Stuart Moore

Stuart Moore is a writer, a book editor, and an award-winning comics editor. His recent writing includes EGOs, an original comic book series from Image Comics, and The Zodiac Legacy, a major Disney project created and cowritten by Stan Lee. His comics work includes Wolverine Noir, Namor: The First Mutant, Firestorm, and the graphic novels Earthlight, Para, Shadrach Stone, and Mandala. He also wrote the novelizations of Marvel’s Civil War comics series and Disney’s John Carter film. He contributed two series, Teach and Out with a Bang, to the launch of the online comics app Stela.

 

 


Michael Montenat graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and proceeded to play the fine art game for years. Now he has come back to what got him into art in the first place: illustration and comics. His clients have included IDW, Top Cow, Legendary, MonkeyBrain Books, Spacegoat, Darby Pop Publishing, BOOM! Studios, and Universal Studios Japan.

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