Feed by MT Anderson

7:59 PM

Pages: 320
Publisher: Candlewick
ISBN13: 9780763662622
Genre: Coming of Age Sci-fi

Review by Phil

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

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.

My Thoughts

Where do I begin? This is the first book in two weeks that I have actually been able to finish. For some reason after finishing Tidal by Amanda Hocking, which I loved, I couldn't get past page 30 of any book I tried to read. Granted, I have been super busy and reading was not my top priority, but still, two weeks?! I haven't gone that long without finishing a book in almost a year! Feed was the first book that I was actually able to start, enjoy, and finish.

However, while I did enjoy Feed, it definitely had its quirks. One that immediately comes to mind is the fact that the entire book is written in futuristic slang, using extremely simplistic words such as "like" and "thing" constantly. So the writing was not my favorite to say the least, but after about a quarter ways into the book I got used to the writing style and started to enjoy it more.

Feed brings its readers into a very believable, and very scary, futuristic society where everyone has computers built into their brains that pretty much consumes their lives called the "Feed:". The world is basically falling apart, with riots in every other mall, and protesting in every country, the world is at its breaking point. Plastic surgery and body modification are on the rise, and lesions are a new fashion statement (which is actually disgusting and made me gag one point while reading). Basically the world is very different from our own, but not quite far off. In say 200-300 years, this book could actually be reality, and that is scary.

I round down in my ratings, so really I would give Feed 3.75/5 , but for goodreads and blog purposes, it is going to get 3/5. I hope you all enjoyed this random little surprise review, and I will see you next Thursday with my next scheduled review!


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