Having just finished this book, I’m still in the process of detangling my thoughts on it all. I love books that plant a message in the reader’s mind.
‘The feed’ gives you access to knowledge, your own memories and other people’s memories. It’s like having the internet directly in your mind, access to your photos and others’, past events and unlimited Wikipedia. I can imagine how difficult it would be to lose access to my laptop, iPad and iPhone right now, but could I survive?
This book allows you to imagine what it would be like to be even further dependent on technology and to lose it. Imagine storing all your thoughts on the ‘cloud’ and not being gable to access them. Imagine libraries being something so in the past that you don’t have access to knowledge of engineering, medical science and all the other stuff we just take for granted. That’s what happened.
Except I nearly missed out the scary bit – you can’t sleep unwatched. When you’re asleep, you’re a target. Your mind can be taken over by ‘others’. No one quite knows who the ‘others’ are…
Join Tom and Kate as they survive post ‘the feed’; watching over others as they sleep and creating a new life.
But with any good thriller, life is never plain sailing for the main characters; people are taken, ideas don’t take off as expected and strangers mean danger.
When Tom and Kate’s daughter is kidnapped leaving the safety of the camp becomes their only option…
It’s not my usual genre, but nevertheless this book had some key aspects that I always enjoy: shocking plot twists and complex characters. The twists were always carefully executed and the background to the key characters was so wonderfully engineered, allowing the plot to slot into place and make perfect sense.
The book dives straight into this futuristic world, so paying attention is crucial to getting up to speed with how the world has changed.
I loved NCW’s realistic writing style, the brutal honesty of the characters’ thoughts painted a scenario that felt so tangible. The second half of the book is where the plot really opened up and it was difficult to prise the book out of my hand!
The book hit stores only two days ago (Thursday 25th January), so I recommend you show this book some well deserved love!
Thank you so much Caitlin at Headline for sending me a copy – this is my way of saying thanks – an honest review!
Until next time, Chloé x