October 16, 2012

Review: Feed by M.T. Anderson

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.
 I'm not sure where to begin with this one. The technology in this story is both fascinating and frightening. The storyline in very original in all aspects. I am not sure I would like to live in a world where the Feed is a must have. Consequently, If you lived in that world and did not have the Feed, you would be light years behind everyone else. As far as information goes. You would have to be reliable on your brain and hands on skills. Which is not always a bad thing. It's a catch 22 kind of story. The main character starts out to be someone who can stand outside the pack. Unfortunately, by the end, he is just like everyone else. He has to deal with everyday teenager woes, like fitting in, peer pressure and avoiding anything or anyone who doesn't fit in the nice little box of a clique. Sadly, most teens would make the same mistakes he does. Just because I don't agree with the way everything is handled, does not mean you shouldn't give this book a chance. It's a good well written book. 
Publisher-Candlewick Press
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
~Thank you to the Publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book Program!



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