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Summary

Inception meets Black Mirror for the YouTube generation.  

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, 24 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 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.

©2017 Liam Brown (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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I enjoyed it

A fun listen. Narration was brilliant. The story was interesting, I found the characters to be a little weak. I didn't feel super invested in them or there relationships with each other. Despite that, The concept was really cool. And I remained pretty hooked to the end. (Kinda spoilers warning) More than anything the strongest part of the book was the atmosphere, it all came together really nicely. The last bit got really weird and changed tonally in a big way, but kind of in a good way. Felt like a bit of a fever dream. Ending open to interpretation. (Definitely spoilers warning) I felt a little drained when I'd finished. As a leftist, the continued ramping up of corporatism and commodification was pretty horrifying. What was really horrible though was the emotional abuse the character suffered in the second half. The way Alices character just suddenly tonally shifted at the end was bizzare. Made me not sure how to read those scenes. Not sure if the Author was going for uncanny valley or just utter hopelessness. I felt both. One thing that really stuck with me was a lack of any strong opposition to the despicable Zan. David has to have everything explained to him and is constantly reacting, he basically has no agency for the whole book. The sheep guy trys to do something but hes violent towards David who is in many ways a victim. And is quickly dealt with. I had Alice pegged as the revolutionary, the moral fibre of the story in a story devoid of any others. But she turned at the end in such a bizarre fashion that it felt dreamlike. The public are painted as mindless consumers. The book ends so devoid of hope. Anyway this was basically just very tired ramblings. Really enjoyed the book, made me feel a lot of things. Thanks for writing it!

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Excellent

Excellent story and an absolutely brilliant performance. Like Black Mirror only way better in my opinion.

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