Anderson, M. T.

Paperback - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2012, ♭2002
Edition: Second paperback edition
ISBN: 9780763662622
Branch Call Number: FIC A
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 21 cm.


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Mar 14, 2015
  • SoftFire rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The idea was intriguing. That being said the book is a better paragraph summery than a story. The language is at times so unintelligible as to be unreadable. After a couple of chapters I skipped to the last chapter of part one and started reading again in the hopes to story would improve. It became marginally easier to read. The second part was by far the best part. The main character didn't seem to grow or change in any way. Just a run-of-the-mill teenage jerk.

Jan 23, 2015
  • shuson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Stylized satire of consumerism, youth culture, technology. Tone is very conversational, invented slang and language. Characters are semi-literate and inarticulate. Transformation of Titus at end seems abrupt. Source of change or reason is unclear and rang sudden

Nov 04, 2014

In the not-so-distant future, the main character and his friends have technology in their brain that allows them to do everything- communicate, listen to music, and even shop. Fast-paced, fantastic read that makes you think about what we might be like in a hundred years.

Apr 23, 2014
  • KendraWilk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The premise of this book is chilling and the delivery heartrending. I think the writing is very strong. It is written in the stumbling and hesitant tone of a kid thinking for himself for the first time in his life. The tongue-tied tone of the narrator is entirely on purpose, and though I am sorry it was off-putting for some, I think it is one of the novel's strengths.

Apr 07, 2014
  • Jennmro rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The premise of this book was great, but I struggled to get past repetitive phrases such as, "I was like", "We were like", and "They were like". This book is filled with these same phrases, over and over again, and for me, it detracted from the storyline.

Sep 09, 2013
  • EricaTheLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What has America become when about 70% of the population chooses to have corporate sponsored "feeds" implanted in their brains? One of my favorite quotes from the book: "'We Americans,' he said, 'are interested only in the consumption of our products. We have no interest in how they were produced, or what happens to them... once we discard them, once we throw them away.'" (p.290) Fabulous imagery - from the moon to meat farms. You must read the interview with M.T. Anderson at the end. I shall read Feed again.

Aug 22, 2013
  • GuyN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thought provoking sci-fi of 2004 that is very close to becoming true, at least the feed part. It's not so much for the plot itself that I gave this book 4 stars, but for its eerie description of being online all the time through an implant in the future which doesn't look so far away now. Aggressive tracking of teens through their "feed" (internet) activities and omnipresent trackers of the "feed"'s (smart phone) location are just a couple of the fictions that are already becoming realities. The story's OK, but it should make you think about just when you want to take your iPod and cut the cord, er, get off the grid. I don't know what the term will be, but I don't always want my brain to be in the cloud. Read Beauty Queens for a funny send up of intrusive "entertainment" technology. In 2013 the intrusive advertising and smart phone use is even closer to mimicking the feed.

Mar 12, 2013
  • Katjira rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was slightly disturbing to read in that I don't believe we are very far at all from the situation represented in the book. The way that Google and Facebook tailor ads to what you are looking at, the constant "noise" from visual advertising, the dumbing down of everything and relaxing of convention - it's not hard at all to see this future. The language was distracting at first but made sense after sticking to it. I found I wanted to know more about these characters but the book skipped through - in a sense it was a "dumbed-down" version of a great story. I loved that the main character was not your typical hero (in fact i did not like him at all really, though it wasn't his fault), and I think that says a lot about the world today as well.

Jan 31, 2013
  • DanMenard rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A potentially awesome idea with extremely poor delivery.

The concept that we will eventually have a patch to the internet via a chip in our brains is cool and believable. The complication of increased reliance (physically and mentally) on the implant is great. The idea that, with so much information immediately accessible, education is skewed to learning how to use the 'feed' effectively as opposed to. well, learning - and the active comparison of the deficiencies latent in the former - is very telling. Finally, the idea that advertising would become literally unavoidable since corporations are the funding behind both the feed and education (along with all of the implications therein) seems almost prescient.

But I could not get over the writing. The writing in this book is awful.

The story follows a group of teenagers, but is narrated by one of them in particular, and Anderson clearly tries to convey that through the use of teen language (i.e., he writes in the way that teen stereotypes speak), which might sound good before it hits paper. But then you have to read it, and it's just not.

Anderson tries to invent new slang words, but they fall flat - and feel extremely forced especially when there are old slang words used, too. His incessant use is also a bother: I get it, they call each other "unit" instead of "man" or "dude", fine, but give it a break.

In the notes at the end, Anderson says that he spent a lot of time listening to conversations to ensure accurate representation. He did a fairly good job insofar as that is concerned, but the last thing I want to read is a direct adaptation of a conversation I may have or overhear at a mall. I think that Anderson could have better conveyed the same feeling in his writing without it shoving it down the throats of his readers.

Aside from the language itself, the characters were not believable even if the world Anderson created was. It felt like reading a bad teen comedy - don't get me wrong, I don't mind watching the odd bad teen comedy, but reading it is terrible. You have your various archetypes, none of which I've experienced so compartmentalized in real life; you have your cheesy set of love stories, chock full with equally cheesy drama; and you have enough angst to fill up a book twice as long with horrible attempts at poetry.

No thanks.

Although, all of that said, I'd like to leave on a positive note. One thing I did appreciate was how, in the writing, there were snippets of the feed. For example, at the beginning of a chapter before diving into the narrative, there were often pieces of advertisements or information thrown in. This was a great way to effectively convey the same feeling of such ads invading characters' thoughts and senses through the feed.

I'd be interested in reading other books by Anderson because it seemed as if the material I've criticized here was a gimmick for this book only, and without the gimmicks it really could have been a good read.

Dec 17, 2012

Loved this book when I read it in college as part of a children's literature class, and even after writing essays on it I still do. Highly recommended. Sure, there are other YA dystopians which do more with language and theme, but this is the only one I've read in a long while that approaches future consumerism in an interesting and creepily plausible way. Excellent.

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May 07, 2011
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Future infants have "The Feed" implanted in their brains. It pumps in every kind of media & commercial & acts like an Instant Messenger, internet researcher, and more. Opiate of the masses. But they can malfunction with deadly results.


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Jun 23, 2014
  • eahh2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: some cursing through out and brief sexual references.


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