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Published by Candlewick Press on February 23rd 2004
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.
Feed is a dystopia about a romance near the end of America. Everyone has a “feed” in their head which is constant stream of information (like the Internet) and advertising. It is a scary and imaginative foretelling of what would happen if everything today just went to the extremes. Corporations have complete control of everything, politicians are corrupt, the environment is trashed, and other planets have been explored.
The world building here is amazing and amazing, but the plot really goes at a snail’s pace. The main character spends most of his time detailing his daily life in interesting detail, but ultimately the plot and the story don’t go anywhere interesting. The main character also spends a lot of time trying to say and prove he isn’t stupid, but in the end, he is as he throws away something that could have been very valuable to him. It really ends as a tragedy and that really turned me off to giving this book a 5 star review, as it seems there isn’t a ton of payoff for the investment one makes in the story and characters.
For the audiobook, the narration was quite well done and the commercials/songs they added really added to the mood.
This might be an older YA book but it is filled with tons of profanity and mild adult situations.