Review published on December 12, 2017.
I’m still not sure exactly what I think about this book! It’s a wonderfully chilling, contemporary tale, something of an indictment of our digital age where social media provokes such self-aggrandising, narcissistic and self-absorbed behaviour. This is a fable for modern times, a suggestion of what might be scarily possible in this technological age. The cover blurb references The Truman Show which is what immediately springs to mind when you get into the book – The Truman Show for the YouTube generation. Inception came to mind as well. And there is more than a little Faustian suggestion as David Callow, our protagonist, I will not call him a hero, propels himself into – MindCast. Almost a rhyming play on words for I almost read it as MineCraft which wouldn’t be out of place even!! No spoilers here I’m afraid so you’ll have to read the story for yourselves.
At less than 200 pages it’s a novella so it’s a quick, containable read but don’t be fooled by its brevity. There’s a depth and subtlety here that’s easy to overlook. As well as the ideas contained within the story it’s also a sensory experience and that’s where my problem with the book lies. I do believe that this would make a superb TV series or feature film because it is so visual. I could imagine it on the screen the whole time I was reading. Much of the action is ‘screen based’. I believe it would add a dimension to this story. Yes. Now I am sure what I think. Great story, wrong medium maybe. Someone film this, please. I’d pay money to go and see it in the cinema.
Gill Chedgey 4/5
Broadcast by Liam Brown
Legend Press 9781787199934 pbk Sep 2017
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