Anderson, M.T. Feed. Listening Library. 2002. ISBN 0807217735
Reader’s Annotation: Feeds are an everyday part of life and Titus along with his friends can’t imagine life without it. When Titus meets Violet, a girl who chooses to fight the feed, everything changes for him.
Plot Summary: Titus and his friends decide to spend their spring break on the Moon where he meets Violet. Violet is different from everyone he’s ever known. She did not receive her feed implant until much later than most kids and she chooses to fight the feed and it’s attempt to categorize her personalities, needs and wants. Can Titus and Violet’s relationship survive their differences?
I’ve attempted to read this book several times and finally I had to switch to the audiobook in order to get through it. One of the bigger barriers was the vocabulary. I understand in books that are set in the future there is the need to show that language has evolved but the slew of slang thrown in was overwhelming with all the “unit!”, “meg!” or “totally brag” added to the constant “fuck” and other cursing. Even the slang words that we use today such as “like” was so over used that it grated on my nerves.
Each of the teens fit into some sort of stereotype and honestly none of them came across as very likeable. Even Violet who was supposed to be the down to Earth, sensible teen was hard to like because she does come across as an intellectual snob.
The world itself is creepy in that the consumerism and the reliance on technology does not seem so far off from our current society. With the constant funding issues in schools it wouldn’t surprise me if at some point in the near future management of schools does go commercial.
About the author
M.T. Anderson is an award winning author for young adults. Feed won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award.
Anderson has also written picture books and pre-teen books including Handel and Strange Mr. Satie.
Book talking idea
How would you like to be online 24/7 and have any information you want at your fingertips?
Would you like it if Gap or Abercrombie & Fitch were in charge of running your school?
Grade 9 and up
Profanity, mild use of alcohol and substance abuse.
I would have the library’s collection management policy on hand and explain that the library is not here to filter what patrons read. If questioned about this policy I would direct the patron to the ALA Bill of Rights. This book has won or been nominated for multiple prestigious awards and I would have a list of the awards and reviews on hand.
Why did I include this book?
With the explosion of interest in dystopian books M.T. Anderson’s book Feed comes up all the time as a major player in the dystopian genre.