4 out of 5 Stars
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.
An interesting commentary on extreme consumerism, ignorance of world politics, and the descent into complete reliance on technology.
The voice is really what got me into this novel. It was almost reminiscent of 1984 in the extreme use of slang and the oversimplification of complex language. And the fact that it’s told from the point of view of Titus, a teenager who’s never known anything different, makes it that much more poignant. While Titus worries about friends, school, girls, and getting high, society slowly falls apart around him.
The future portrayed in this novel is horrifying simply based on how close to our reality it sometimes gets. It might seem crazy that these teens visit the moon on spring break, but then we hear in the news that space hotels might become reality sooner than later. We might not see the direct-to-brain advertising provided by the feed like in this novel, but how often are we swayed on a daily basis by ads on our phones or in our music?
The pacing is kind of all over the place, which made it hard for me to get into the story. Though the descriptions of this near-future world kept me turning the pages. Whether it was the multilevel suburbs with their own suns, meat farms, or even the anti-gravity clubs, there were so many unique concepts here. At the same time, there were a lot of horrifying concepts as well–herds of cockroaches, self-mutilation for fashion, mass deaths due to pollution, popularizing of disfiguring disease, brain implants gone wrong…
I give Feed 4 out of 5 stars. This thought provoking novel would make a great addition for any fan of dystopian or political novels.