Friday, February 1, 2013

Recommendation: 'Feed' by MT Anderson


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It started out like any ordinary trip to the moon.
In a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains, Titus, a well to do boy content with his consumerist and ignorant lifestyle meets Violet, a lower class girl fighting against the Feed and its omnipresence and fighting for the right to think for herself. 

Anderson has masterfully created a world which is startlingly similar to the one we live in today. When I first read it, the slang and the very casual use of swearwords and slang put me off a little, but I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. The plot was interesting, the characterization spot-on - Titus is the perfect embodiment of Anderson’s shallow world and Violet represents the forgotten society wonderfully, - and the issues and themes that Anderson alludes to are very relevant.

Addiction to technology and the internet, slang and swearing in everyday language, a corporate society where information about you can automatically be gathered, a lack of environmental awareness, decreasing interest in knowledge, language and thought - these are all addressed in Anderson’s novel, but they could just as easily be about our own society today and in the near future. The best, and scariest, thing about this book is that Anderson offers no finality or solution, he just shows us a world with many flaws and lets it creep under your skin and make you wonder about where we are headed.

I could go on and on and on about this book! I like to read dystopians, and this is one of the best aimed for young adults that I’ve come across so far. 

This book is a great read: it’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cringe, it’ll make you feel sad. But most importantly, it’ll make you think, check it out.

Title: Feed
Director: M.T. Anderson
Published: 2002
Publisher: Candlewick Press

- Sucheta, Grey Lynn Library

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