Excellent satirical sci-fi read. Author successfully captured the true essence of what teen life and conversation may be like in the future.
The author does a fantastic job of writing in a prose the way a teen from the future might speak & think. It does take some getting used to.
Especially with the advent of Google Glass, this is an an interesting look into a future where the "Haves" have a permanent connection to the internet implanted and the "Have-Nots" don't, although that aspect really wasn't pursued much.
As the author states, his idea was to originally write a short story, but this idea was too "big for that format" so he extended it into this novella. He did it to flesh out the characters, but he does that in a rather superficial way, never really delving too deeply into their person-ness, the world, or the what could be fascinating aspects of the moral implications of the feed. He also brushes against other really interesting aspects of a potential future: ecological disaster, war, corporate monopolies, political accountability, and much more. But it seems like, by having the story told through the eyes of this self-absorbed teen (would that be redundant?), the author gives himself an out from delving even a little bit into those aspects.
In the end, while the book was enjoyable, it winds up being much like the feed itself: shallow (shortage of world & moral examination), lacking in human connectivity (you don't really care about the characters) and unfulfilling. It reads very much like a teen book, and not a particularly thoughtful one at that. All that being said, the first line in the book is still great: "We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck."
Amazing book! It's written in the first person from the point of view of an uneducated teenage technophile, which will take some getting used to, but it's worth wrapping your mind around. This near-apocalyptic version of a capitalist superpower bent on instant gratification seems almost inevitable.
This book is an excellent young adult novel. The writing style takes some getting used to at first because it is narrated by the voice of a teenager in a dystopian future, so the voice is a bit annoying: lots of "like," "um," and obscure slang. However, this is an intentionally disjointed voice because it is meant to demonstrate the deterioration of minds in this hypothetical future. Fascinating read, very thought-provoking. Not to plot-spoil, but the ending is both tragic and poignant. Read it along with your teenager and then talk about it together.
"It's about the feed. It's about this meg normal guy who doesn't think about anything until one wacky day he meets a decedent with a heart of gold. Set against the backdrop of America in its final days. It's the highspirited story of their love together. It's laugh- out-loud funny, really heartwarming and a visual feast. Together the two crazy kids grow, have madcap escapades and learn an important lesson about love. They learn to resist the feed. Rated PG-13 for language and mild sexual situations." - M.T. Anderson
Loved this book (on CD), had an interesting use of language, but was fairly easy to follow. I loved the voice acting, and it was laugh-out-loud funny sometimes and a little sad. The realism is even a little frightening. A truely wonderful story!