Broadcast

Description from Goodreads:

The idea behind MindCast is simple. We insert a small chip into your skull and then every thought, every feeling, every memory is streamed live, twenty-four hours a day. Trust me – within a few months you’ll be the most talked about person on the planet.

When David Callow is offered the lead role in a revolutionary new online show, he snatches at the opportunity.

Rapidly becoming a viral sensation, David is propelled to stratospheric levels of celebrity. However, he soon realises the downside of sharing every secret with the world.

A prisoner to both his fame and his own thoughts, David seeks to have the chip removed, only to discover the chilling secret lurking at the heart of MindCast, and the terrifying ambition the show’s creator has for him.

Review:

Thank you to Netgalley, Legend Press and Liam Brown for the digital copy I was provided in return for a fair review.

Broadcast by Liam Brown has 288 pages and was published in 2017 by Legend Press.

David Callow is an immensely popular vlogger that has amassed a huge following simply by posting videos of his everyday life. He is not particularly witty or interesting. In fact, he is a bit immature. And yet, the charm that attracts people to watch his videos is that he is just an ordinary guy-next-door. Due to his success as a vlogger, he is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. Technology has advanced to the point that a chip can be implanted and people can automatically see his thoughts. Broadcast is the story of his experience with life-changing technology.

This novel is a fast-paced and plot-driven story with interesting societal implications. It has a Matrix meets The Truman Show kind of feel. Brown does raise some thought-provoking questions about advances in technology and the effects on society, such as privacy concerns, corporate manipulation through advertising and even isolation-induced mental illness.

Overall I enjoyed this book. Although, ultimately I felt that the ending was a bit rushed. This is one of those books that people are either going to love or hate and how they feel about the ending will be the deciding factor. I honestly did not enjoy the way Broadcast ended. However, the majority of the book was extremely entertaining which is why I rated it a 4.

 

Rating: 4 Plot Monster Spiders

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Notable Quotes:

“So, what do you say, dude?” Xan asks. “Are you ready to be the most famous person on the planet?” –Broadcastย  –Liam Brown

Xan shrugs. “Although, if you’re brutally honest with yourself, I think you know that we could have plugged pretty much anyone into that clip and the show would still have been a hit. Actually, we almost did.”ย –Broadcastย  –Liam Brown

MDW original review. Source: Netgalley.

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