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Author: M. T. Anderson
This brilliantly ironic satire is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into people's brains when they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion and shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment -- even on trips to Mars and t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780763622596
ISBN-10: 0763622591
Publication Date: 2/23/2004
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 97 ratings
Publisher: Candlewick
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
Consider what your life would be like if you could access the Internet directly from your brain. No need to learn to spell - just access the dictionary directly. But the "feed" to the brain is controlled by advertisers. This book describes just what the first generation of teenagers might be like who have a "feed". The book is on the dark side but provactive considering a new generation growing up with the Internet.
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this book. It accuratley portrays how stupid people can be, and how caught up in crazy trends teens can be. It was very creative, and a short, quick read. I reccomend this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
The blurb on the back reads: "'We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.' So says Titus, a teenager whose ability to read, write, and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his 'feed,' a transmitter implanted directly into his brain... But then Titus meets Violet, a girl who cares about what's happening to the world and challenges everything Titus and his friends hold dear. A girl who decides to fight the feed."
The book was good; a lot of my friends really enjoyed it. I personally found the prospect engrossing, yet frightening. A quick read that really reminds the reader what could happen if we're not careful.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was a interesting story set in the future. It was sad to see to the level we had sank ecologically. The unique language takes a bit to get used to, but the overall moral of the story was a good one.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book. I had read it once before and decided to give it another go and I found that I liked it as much as I did the first time! The book can be a little difficult to read in parts as sometimes they talk in a futuristic type of talk, and because their "feeds" are sometimes randomly interjected in their normal thought patters. I like that this occurs because it really shows that the feeds are actually a part of them.
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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."
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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.
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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.