Broadcast by Liam Brown: Book Review

Broadcast by Liam Brown
Coming 15.9.17

‘Forget data mining. This is about mind rape. The end of privacy as we know it.’

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Star Rating 4 and a half Star Rating

David Callow is a Youtube hit, a viral sensation who found fame by documenting every detail of his life from the comfort of his own living room. He makes a living by wearing his heart on his sleeve, an open book playing up to the camera – naturally, he seems like the perfect candidate for a revolutionary new online reality series – MindCast.

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.

David is propelled to stratospheric levels of celebrity, raking in millions of followers every day. However, he soon realises the downside of sharing every secret with the world. When no thought is concealed and privacy is stripped away, David seeks to have the chip removed, only to discover the terrifying truth at the heart of MindCast.

MindCast’s almost-but-not-quite simulations of my thoughts end up being the final, fixed account of whatever is supposedly on my mind, my delicate memories no match for the brute physicality of the moving image.

The book is short, fast-paced and un-put-downable. I loved the Black-Mirror-esque nature of the narrative – the story made all the more terrifying because of its proximity to reality, only a small step away from what could be. In their futuresque and satirical writings, Charlie Brooker and Liam Brown have hit on a formula to petrify and intrigue, to simultaneously discomfort and fascinate. Just like the viewers of MindCast, we are helpless to turn away, no matter what may be happening on the screen. Even when David is pushed to his limits, when his thoughts are manipulated and misshapen, even when he becomes ‘Humpty Dumpty, his skull cracked open, the ground sticky with yolk.’ 

Broadcast will be launched on August 14th. Pre-order the book from Legend Press in paperback or ebook here. You won’t regret it!

More titles by this author:
Wild Life

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