Tom and Kate’s daughter turns six tomorrow, and they have to tell her about sleep.
If you sleep unwatched, you could be Taken. If you are Taken, then watching won’t save you.
Nothing saves you.
Your knowledge. Your memories. Your dreams.
If all you are is on the Feed, what will you become when the Feed goes down?
For Tom and Kate, in the six years since the world collapsed, every day has been a fight for survival. And when their daughter, Bea, goes missing, they will question whether they can even trust each other anymore.
The threat is closer than they realise…
As you know I attended the the Headline New Voices 2018 event in Manchester this month and The Feed by Nick Clark Windo is the first of the five to be published. With thanks to Headline for my copy.
We open in a restaurant, Kate and Tom waiting to be served. It’s an evening off, together in the quiet just the two of them without The Feed. As they wait, impatiently, they talk – Kate pops back onto The Feed even though they are supposed to be being slow tonight and Tom notices, he is annoyed. They begin to argue, maybe change slow night to tomorrow and then it happens. The President has been assassinated, killed, they are told: GO HOME.
Six years later…… we read what happened on that fateful night and how it has been since then – the devastation, the loss, the fear. With just, perhaps, a little glimmer of hope.
The Feed is a novel which has taken our modern day need for connections to the next stage – literal connection to communication, information, each other – and then suddenly all of it is taken away.
Nick Clark Windo takes us to a time when all that Kate and Tom have come to know is gone and they don’t know why or by whom, or what, and their world is plunged into a fearsome place – their ability to survive dependent on information they can no longer access, having to learn anew with the knowledge that if they sleep without being watched they will be taken. And into this world has come Bea, their daughter, who knows nothing of what life used to be, who seems wise beyond her years whom they love and would do anything for, to protect. Then one night just as she turns six something happens and their world turns upside down, again.
This is a fascinating, thought provoking story which carries you along it’s twists and turns sometimes racing, sometimes holding your breath along with Kate and Tom as they lose everything, survive and then lose everything that matters – and we ride along – will they be able to survive again? Will they find out what has happened to their world, to their family, to them? And if they do what will it mean, will it matter? A convincing, believable story giving us a disturbing look into the future that keeps you wondering and grips you
Although not the type of book I prefer, I liked it!
The Rating: 4*
ISBN: Hardback – 9781472241900 eBook – 9781472241887
Publication date: 25 Jan 2018
Page count: 368
The Author: Nick Clark Windo studied English Literature at Cambridge University and acting at RADA. He was a student on the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course. As 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. Follow: @NICKHDCLARK
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