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by M. T. Anderson
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Loved the underlying message and how the plot and ending drove that home more than the actual writing and book. Well executed though.
Turns out the main character already gave this book a movie rating, "Rated PG-13. For language and mild s*xual situations."
The writing of this book was so wacky and it took forever to understand (and I believe it is good that I did not understand all of it if you know what I mean).
Content: loads of language (multiple f-bombs per page), lots of s*xual references, I would personally rate this higher than PG-13 on the movie rating scale.
Some authors start with a message and use fiction as their delivery system. (I am thinking of a couple of other YA books when I say this-ones that suffered because the message got larger than the story).
Feed was more smoothly thought-provoking. Anderson told a grimly imaginative tale while giving the reader lots of things to think about. This was my first time reading M.T. Anderson, and I'm really impressed with his intelligence and style. It's astounding to me that this book, which feels so timely, was written ten years ago. I'll be sure to check out more of his work.
This was a very frustrating read for me. I found the main character to be very selfish and annoying. I just wanted to punch him every time he said or did something, especially when it involved Violet. He treated her like a piece of crap for almost the entirety of the book. He didn't even show he cared about her until the end when her Feed shut her down.
I don't know if it was because I was listening to the audiobook, so the narrator was making the character more dislike-able, or if it was because I am older than the target audience, so I am more mature and can see the red flags easier, or what. But I barely finished this book, and only held on hoping Titus would become less of a tool (he barely did, in the last like 2 mins of the book, so big whoop).
Definitely had higher hopes for this book.
Subversive, vigorously conceived, painfully situated at the juncture where funny crosses into tragic, ''Feed'' demonstrates that young-adult novels are alive and well and able to deliver a jolt. The fact that it is a finalist for the National Book Award is in itself a good sign.
FEED is laugh-out-loud funny in its satire, but at the same time it is absolutely terrifying.
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In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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An edition of this book was published by Candlewick Press.
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 listeners with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now. ( )