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The Feed

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  975 ratings  ·  264 reviews
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.


The Feed is accessible everywhere, by everyone, at any time. It inst
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by William Morrow
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Book Reviewed by Stacey on

I started reading this book a few months ago, unfortunately, due to time constraints I had to put it to one side for a while as it wasn’t really a book I could dip in and out of – I know I tried – As the story was quite complex, for me anyway. Whilst I love Dystopian fiction some elements felt quite Sci-Fiy (is that even a word) and Sci-Fi isn’t something I read often, hence I needed to concentrate on the book.

The story begins in the not too di
Kirsty 📚📖❤️
I've read a lot of horror books and not really been scared but whilst this doesn't fit that category social media is everywhere and the idea of an apocalypse occurring when everything is switched off is something I can actually see happening and find quite scary. Whilst the switching off wouldn't cause me to have mass panic like some I can really feel for these characters especially Danny who has only ever known this way of life and struggles to cope in the real world without the network contact ...more
Stacey Camp
**5 Goodreads Stars**

"Who did you first share your thoughts with? It was the most intimate feeling, wasn't it? Nothing between you, no way to lie, just pure and perfect thinking. All of us, plaited together."

"The space we create, that we forge with our lives - that's what we have to protect. We work hard for such an inconsequential space, but it is absolutely everything to us."

Nick Clark Windo's The Feed is a beautifully written, darkly intense dystopian novel concerning the future of humankin
The prologue of The Feed is a snapshot of future society just as it begins to crumble. As they spend the evening in a restaurant, Tom is trying to persuade his wife Kate to switch off her Feed, if only for a few minutes. The Feed is an invention that's transformed human life, making it possible for everyone to be permanently plugged in to a neverending stream of information and communication, augmenting everything about what one experiences in reality. (Advertisements, for example, no longer exi ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

We’ve all heard the cautionary tales involving social media, about the dangers of being constantly plugged in. Nick Clark Windo’s dark thriller debut takes this idea even further, imagining a future where people are permanently connected via implants so that access to everything is instantaneous as well as continuous. This is “the Feed” that the novel’s title is referring to—a new tech that humans have become so dependent
Jenny in Neverland
The Feed is, to put it simply, an exceptionally elaborate and advanced form of social media. But instead of on an iPhone or a laptop, it’s all ingrained in your head and you can access anything, anyone and everything instantaneously. It’s addictive and life-altering and it’s gone so far that most humans can’t function without it. Then one day, it collapses and everyone is offline. Our main characters, Tom and Kate manage without it and find a way to survive with their daughter, Bea and a camp of ...more

Elements of stories like Walking Dead and others that I can't mention because of spoilers... but, you know what, not entirely engaging or amazing, even though I quite enjoy the shows and books that clearly inspired this one.

The writing is... fine. But the character building is pretty much non-existent, and the only character I actually related to didn't show up until around half-way through. Also... the "chapters" are hundreds of pages long, with scene breaks rather than chapter breaks... a p
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The Feed is a really unique, interesting dystopian-style novel (I won't say 'thriller' as I don't think it's really that kinda book, and I'll explain why) which I enjoyed reading.

I felt that it was fairly slow to start with, taking time to build characters and a sense of this world that Tom and Kate (and the people around them) live in. Because a lot has changed between the real world of today and the fictional world that the story is set in, there's a lot to t
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
The Feed is a solid, well-written, but pretty traditional dystopian novel. Definitely recommended for dystopia fans! I expected something more ground-breaking from it, and maybe more powerful or adventure driven, but it's more of a slice-of-life. However, I enjoyed this book, and I'll try to give you my reasons why. Read the full review here on the blog.

The Pace

While I enjoyed The Feed, my biggest problem was with the pace. Things didn't really take off up till maybe 70% into the book, a
Emily B
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I only managed to really start enjoying this book after page 150. I nearly gave it three stars based on the second half of the book.

I found it had an Interesting concept but it was never full explained, which was a little frustrating.
I also felt that the aside from the main two characters, other were too forgettable and not very distinct from each other.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The Feed does not create any physical sensation, its an implant, bio-tech with no battery source, the human is the power source.
And then…
A collapse
all feeds stopped
devastation upon the earth
people scattered
some survivors and some taken
the characters within this tale on the road in search for food and ways to bring back vegetation and then in search for the ones taken.
This barren devastation upon earth has the reader immersed within the story in a world with all that comes with survival and movin
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-releases
I found this book to be really dull. The characters are 2D and very dislikable. The story although interesting is a little ridiculous. I would have liked to learn more about the feed and how it came into existence as I think that was a really interesting aspect that should have been developed more. For me the book just didn't live up to its expectations. 

Read more of this review on my blog at:
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Feed starts with a prologue set before the collapse and focuses on Tom and Kate, the two main characters. Tom and Kate are going ‘slow‘ completely disconnected from the Feed, talking in the real, which doesn’t happen when you are connected to the Feed as it is that immersive, your whol
Chloe Neumeister
The idea for this book is a great one and it really intrigued me when I read the synopsis, however I did not enjoy this book! It is an extremely slow read and never really gets anywhere, it is long, drawn out and not worth your time if I'm honest! I won't say what the book is about in case you want to read it but The Feed is not a recommended read for me!
Liz Barnsley
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One sitting (almost) read, 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.

Will be teaser reviewed during my "Ones to Watch in 2018" feature running at the moment. But DAMN what a rush.

Wider review will also follow near publication.
Jan 22, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I've tried reading this twice now but again, and for the last time, had to admit defeat, abandoning it at p.79. The premise is too unbelievable and implausible, the characters too difficult to care about.
Loring Wirbel
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So anyone who thought Tyrell Johnson had to dodge many Cormac McCarthy comparisons along the denuded road of his early 2018 novel The Wolves of Winter, had better be prepared for Nick Clark Windo's artful minefield dance and dodge in The Feed. This book is almost an exercise in 21st-century cliches - a decimated post-apocalypse landscape, social media gone wild to an extent we can scarcely imagine, and the true endgame for climate change centuries from now. Seeing as how this is Windo's debut no ...more
E. H. Nathasia
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say that its weird, but its definitely intriguing.

Kinda like the same feeling I get when I read Station Eleven. The flow of the story is rather mundane, but in an interesting way. It was the element of surprise that keeps on unravelling slowly, that pushes me to keep on reading.
Julie Lacey
I thought I’d give this a go as I sometimes like post-apocalyptic books. This one was good and it’s set in a world where people no longer talk to each other, all communication is through The Feed.
At first in the book we see how life is in this world of The Feed, then it all goes wrong. The world collapses, everyone is forced off-line and people are ‘taken’ in their sleep. Their minds are taken over and they are lost.
A few years on and we are with Kate and Tom, living on a farm with a group of
Karen’s Library
Although the concept was interesting, I had a hard time with the writing style. From paragraph to paragraph, the story would jump from present to past, or thinking about the past, or reliving the past... There were many times I wasn't sure what was going on.

The ending was "interesting". I did find the last parts easier to read as the story didn't jump around as much.
Joanne Robertson
I promised my daughter recently that I would try to read more books in her preferred genre and she would then agree to read a few more psychological thrillers! She reads a lot of apocalyptic and dystopian fiction and often has a few zombies running around her kindle as well! So when I saw the blurb for The Feed I thought it sounded like a book that we would both enjoy. But weirdly enough we had quite different reactions to it and not what you would expect from our usual preferences! She found it ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to William Morrow for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

Who loves dystopian novels? Who wants something a little different and more unique in this genre? Well, THE FEED by Nick Clark Windo is exactly that. It's being compared to Mad Max meets THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS. Normally I'm not a big fan of the dystopian genre, but I really enjoyed this read!

"It makes us. It destroys us. Now we must learn to live without it." The Feed is something that is accessible and used by
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit was een heel bijzonder boek. Wat gebeurt er als (een vergevorderde / futuristische versie van) sociale media opeens uit de wereld verdwijnt? Als de mens terug op haar instinct moet vertrouwen?
The Feed was geen gemakkelijk boek om te lezen, voornamelijk door het gebrek aan hoofdstukken. Daarnaast duurt het een tijdje voordat de post-apocalyptische setting wordt toegelicht. Maar dan gebeuren er opeens heel spannende en onverwachte dingen. Rond pagina 190 was ik echt even in shock. Ook het eind
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The days harden. They stay bright but the air becomes unkind."

I really enjoyed reading The Feed! It was an intriguing dystopian story, and it had some elements from other stories I've enjoyed like Station Eleven, Battlestar Galactica, The Host, Black Mirror, Superman: Red Son, Station Eleven, and 11/22/63.

I noticed other reviews complaining about not connecting with the characters - I agree with the sentiment, but I wasn't bothered by it. I felt like it was more important to relate to the stor
Natacha Cunha
Como se passa da dependência total do online para o offline completo? Como aprender a relacionar-se com os outros, quando até a linguagem falha? Como lidar com as emoções, viver a amizade e a confiança num cenário de destruição e perigo eminente? Sem livros, sem computadores, sem ninguém a lembrar-se de conhecimentos básicos, de como funcionam as coisas mais simples, como se ergue a Humanidade? Há limites para a ética ou é legítima a “superação de Deus”? A força deste título está em estimular a ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nick Clark Window's debut novel, The Feed, is a post-apocalyptic 'thriller' where society's reliance on the Feed- basically a computer chip that is implanted in the brain, making real life communication and reading, among other things, obsolete- is to such an extent that when it mysteriously collapses, the world is brought back to an uncivilized and crude state. In this new world, we follow Tom, the son of the Feed's inventor, and his wife Kate as they attempt to survive with no knowledge of how ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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.

Yzabel Ginsberg
I started this book beginning of March, I’ve just finished it now (mid-May)… I admit I had a very hard time staying focused and motivated to read it. Perhaps because of the absence of chapters (instead, we have scenes with breaks, and some of the scenes are pretty long), which was a bit of a turn-off for me.

The story has good themes: survival; the world as we know it ending; a technology (the Feed) both exciting and creepy; people trying to live in a community of their own after the fall; childr
Lucy Hay
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong, post-apocalyptic read with an excellent, highly original concept at its heart, THE FEED is atmospheric and thought provoking. The characters are not your 'usual' and I really enjoyed the flipping between Tom's and Kate's POVs, plus The Feed 'updates' were particularly well done. I wish in some ways we'd seen more of the apocalypse itself in 'real time' as The Feed went down, but the sucker punch ending more than makes up for this. Suitable for fans of THE STAND by Stephen King and DEFEND ...more
It's an epic concept - I am still processing what I've read it's that unique and scarily possible in this crazy world we live in. What would happen if our brains worked like facebook feeds? If anything we spoke about ended up accessible to everyone? What happens when you turn off the feed? This is a bookclub book and then some. No locations to speak off but the landscape of social media is a hell of a setting!
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Nick Clark Windo studied English Literature at Cambridge University and acting at RADA.

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.
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