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ISBN13: 9780763662622
ISBN10: 0763662623
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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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"This satire offers a thought-provoking and scathing indictment that may prod readers to examine the more sinister possibilities of corporate-and media-dominated culture." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"What really puts the teeth in the bite...is Anderson's brilliant satiric vision in the seamless creation of this imagined but believable world. The writing is relentlessly funny, clever in its observations and characters." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

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"The crystalline realization of this wildly dystopic future carries in it obvious and enormous implications for today's readers — satire at its finest." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"M.T. Anderson has created the perfect device for an ingenious satire of corporate America and our present-day value system....Like those in a funhouse mirror, the reflections the novel shows us may be ugly and distorted, but they are undeniably ourselves." The Horn Book (starred review)

About the Author

M. T. Anderson is on the faculty of Vermont Colleges MFA Program in Writing for Children. He is the author of the novels Thirsty and Burger Wuss and the picture-book biography Handel, Who Knew What He Liked. He says of Feed, "To write this novel, I read a huge number of magazines like Seventeen, Maxim, and Stuff. I eavesdropped on conversations in malls, especially when people were shouting into cell phones. Where else could you get lines like, ‘Dude, I think the truffle is totally undervalued?'"

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karinlibrarian, May 17, 2013 (view all comments by karinlibrarian)
Titus is a a typical teen. He lives with his parents and annoying younger brother, likes to hang out with his friends, and is always looking for something exciting to do. During Spring Break, he and his friends decide to go to the Moon. That’s right �" the Moon. Titus lives in a technologically advanced future where people cruise around in “upcars” and have chip implants for the Feed. The Feed is great. It allows the government and advertisers to learn everything about you so they can tell you what you want. It allows you to access information instantly making school basically worthless since everyone already “knows” everything. Titus can’t imagine a better life.

When Titus meets Violet on the Moon he is instantly attracted to her. Violet is very different from all the other girls he knows who only spend their time watching out for the hourly hair style trends and following the story of their favorite show Oh, Wow, Thing. Violet is great, but their relationship doesn’t get off to a good start. At a dance club on the Moon, Titus, Violet, and many others’ Feeds are hacked. They end up spending several days in the hospital for repairs. What Titus doesn’t find out until much later is, Violet’s feed was seriously damaged and most likely can’t be repaired.

M.T. Anderson paints a grim picture of what can happen if a society relies completely on technology. The ease and convenience of instant knowledge from the Feed is to us like searching Google is to our Grandparents. While advertisers constantly bombard people with special offers and great deals in the book, we are rarely without banner ads on the websites we visit. The Feed monitors the purchases of people to better recommend future products. Amazon and Facebook do the same thing in order to recommend things to us. We continually want better and faster. Soon we’ll be so reliant that we won’t be able to do without. Just think. Regular cell phones that don’t require data plans are already becoming harder and harder to find. Soon, even great granny who only needs a cell phone for emergencies will be required to pay $30 for a Smart Phone data plan she’ll never use.

FEED is a book not only about the dangers of complete reliance on technology. It also covers topics such as peer pressure and first love. Titus faces many of the same issues teens of today face, even though he lives in a world where you can take a vacation on the Moon.

I’ve read this book three times. Twice in print and once I listened to the audio version. The audio book is fantastic because it provides the reader with a taste of the Feed. Scattered throughout the book you get to hear advertisements and special news reports about issues the government is facing during the course of this story.
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Bernard Regier, May 1, 2013 (view all comments by Bernard Regier)
Twice during the non-stop reading of this book, I had to flip back to reaffirm the 2003 publishing date. Back then, I would've thought M.T. Anderson's satirical story of a consumeristic dystopia, both imaginative and amusing. The story, seen through the eyes of a teenager who's inklings of a broader, deeper world beyond the artificially enhanced enclosures of future mid-America as well as the late-teen consumer behavioral expectations constantly feeding his thoughts via chip implant, come too late for one coming-of-age in a society that had, long before, subjugated itself to the force-"feeding" of corporate mass-marketing. As it were, I started (and finished) this book on a mid-January day of 2013, a time when nearly every trans-national web retailer (Amazon, eBay, Google, Rakutan, et al) and their subsidiaries where going "all-in" on buyer behavior software and profile databanking, I found this book to be frighteningly insightful and its author; mystically intuitive. I believe I'll purchase the signed edition from the seer himself and send my old copy (via snail mail) to the editorial staff at "Netted by the Webbys". Still reeling while holding a thumb skywards,
--Bernard Regier
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763662622
Author:
Anderson, M. T.
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Anderson, Matthew Tobin
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5 x 0.75 in 0.5625 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 320 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763662622 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This satire offers a thought-provoking and scathing indictment that may prod readers to examine the more sinister possibilities of corporate-and media-dominated culture."
"Review" by , "What really puts the teeth in the bite...is Anderson's brilliant satiric vision in the seamless creation of this imagined but believable world. The writing is relentlessly funny, clever in its observations and characters."
"Review" by , "The crystalline realization of this wildly dystopic future carries in it obvious and enormous implications for today's readers — satire at its finest."
"Review" by , "M.T. Anderson has created the perfect device for an ingenious satire of corporate America and our present-day value system....Like those in a funhouse mirror, the reflections the novel shows us may be ugly and distorted, but they are undeniably ourselves."
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