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Feed [Paperback]

M. T. Anderson
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Feb 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.

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  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA); Reprint edition (Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763622591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763622596
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 11.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,162,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... a treat for jaded palates, executed with sustained energy ... it has an intelligent self-confidence and everyone should read it. - The Bookseller A sharp, edgy book that deals with another kind of virtual reality...This is a savage and ultimately moving satire with strong language which is definitely not for the feelgood market, but which challenges the reader to think about the way we are manipulated by mass culture. - The Observer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A tour de force in dystopian fiction, set in a society where people connect to the internet via feeds implanted in their brains. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and moving 5 Mar 2007
I picked this book up in a second-hand shop a few months ago, thinking it would be something in the cyberpunk mould of William Gibson, but not realizing it had been aimed at a teenaged readership. It doesn't take long to read, but it's stayed with me for a long time. I was reminded of The Catcher in the Rye, The Machine Stops, Shampoo Planet, A Clockwork Orange and Snow Crash.

By using what seems to be only minimal extrapolation from where we are, Anderson posits a future where all media, commerce and advertising is processed by a networked computer that's been embedded into your brain. The result is a non-stop flow of information (the feed) which is tailor-made to what its providers think you're interested in. In the case of the teenaged protagonists this is - as ever - music, film, fashion, celebrity news and soap operas, along with the functionality for mutual chat sessions. Because of the deep connection between the hardware and the wetware, the feed is also adjusted according to your mood: for example, at one point when a boy is tongue-tied in the presence of a girl he likes, it advertises a site which offers great chat-up lines. More interestingly, the way in which information is fed directly into the brain seems to have led to the loss of literacy, which is one of the reasons for the much-commented-on slang used by the characters (and the narrator).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, terrifying and hilarious 22 April 2003
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MT Anderson's "Feed" is the best novel I have read so far this year - "The Catcher in the Rye" crossed with "Brave New World". Titus and his authentically horrible buddies are the way the world is going. It is a vision of hell.
The world of Feed is only one remove from our own; what seem like exaggerations at first are really too close for comfort to the way we live now. Anderson presents this nightmare society with devastating clarity, so that you can't help but see its seeds as you look around you today.
Please don't be put off by the (very plausible) futuristic slang or the inarticulate dialogue - the speech of people who have forgotten how or why to read, and who have no need of learning. Every so often Anderson - in the voice of Titus - produces an astonishing image, a piece of poetry in the midst of it all. His satires on advertising, fashion and corporate youth-speak hit exactly the right note.
Inside the satire is a love story - a tragedy - and like all the best tragedies, the plot has a wounding inevitability to it. I don't agree with the reviews who find the ending unsatisfying. It's the only possible ending because this is a novel about the horror of entropy: that things, and people, fall apart, gradually, unstoppably. There's the grain of hope that caring enough can hold back the tide, if only it is not too late. But perhaps, by the time Anderson's world comes to be, it already will be.
Did I forget to mention it's also very funny? Well, it's also very funny, and also very moving.
Like the Feed, this book sticks in your head and won't let you alone. Everyone should read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wetware goes Teen 21 May 2007
In this cautionary book, YA (Young Adult) author Anderson takes a familiar element of cyberpunk fiction and applies it to American teenage culture in the far future. In this vision of "wetware", brains can be directly wired to the internet, creating a streaming"feed" of audio, video, and text that operates as a kind of second level of consciousness. People can mentally IM each other across the room, and as their brains process what they see, they are bombarded with targeted advertising. We are introduced to this future via narrator Titus and his cohort of friends. They are archetypes of vapid teens, blindly following the latest fashion trends (and in this ultra-wired world, girls change hairstyles by the hour), purchasing the latest clothing off the feed, getting wasted at semi-legal "malware" brain-scrambler sites, and generally ignoring anything beyond their immediate superficial concerns.

When the group goes to the moon (kind of a mix of Las Vegas and Daytona Beach) for spring break, they encounter the dark side of the feed -- the possibility of getting hacked (since the feed is wired directly to their brain, this can have calamitous effects). Titus also meets and befriends Violet, a home-schooled girl who takes a shine to him and wants to join his circle of friends. It's not really clear why a girl as smart and allegedly beautiful as Violet would be interested in the nice, but not particularly bright or introspective Titus, but their relationship becomes the basis for Anderson's rather obvious anti-consumerist message. Violet is the bright alternachick who'd figured out that the feed's main purpose is to get people to buy stuff, while Titus is the nice, but not too deep dude who just wants to get along and have a good time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Took a chance on the reviews with no regrets. Interesting sci-fi concept of what could possibly be in store for the future.
Published 3 months ago by Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good warning of a possible consumerist and technological dystopia
Feed is written in the narrative of late teens in a world dominated by technology. A world were access to the internet is on the Feed, implanted in you're brain making you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars A very harrowing and scarily real version of what our dystopian future...
Finished reading this some 4 months ago and it still haunts me, more so each day infact as bits of tech news make the headlines making this book all the more prophetic. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Paradise
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, disturbing and prescient
Dark and very unsettling, coldly and rather cruelly funny for much of the book, with a very sad and sudden ending. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Notman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book from Anderson
When I finished this book I had to hand it to the author, for creating such a realistic future. (i love the sub-plot about America's relationship with the rest of the world, very... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2005 by Thomas Middleton Of ILC
5.0 out of 5 stars About teenagers in the future.
I was hooked on this book from the first page. The plot seemed quite plausable to me which helped me to believe it could possibly happen. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2004 by C. Mitchell
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