Age Group: You Adult
Other Books by This Author: Thirsty, Octavian Nothing series, Burger Wuss,
Received From: Paperbackswap.com
Brave New World takes a romantic teen twist in this disarming, engrossing novel set in a hyper-computerized future.
Spending time partying on the moon and riding around in his “upcar,” Titus is an average teen of the future, complete with a computer chip implant — the “Feed” — that lets corporate marketers and government agencies broadcast directly into his brain. Then Titus meets Violet, and an anti-Feed hacker shuts down their Feeds for a short time; but when Violet’s Feed is seriously damaged, she begins spouting some radical ideas.
M. T. Anderson has predicted the future, and it’s startling indeed. Although Titus is a good, well-meaning kid, his blissful ignorance of the control over him leaves readers thinking twice about the destiny of earth’s citizens. Beneath the book’s techno-veneer, however, lies a romantic tale between a boy who gives into the system and a girl who sees beyond it. All told, Feed is a “meg” remarkable work of science fiction, and once readers begin, they’ll be caught up in its powerful grip.
I really don’t even know where to start. This is another review I have been putting off because I just don’t know what to say. I went into Feed thinking it was going to be a great dystopian with a “romantic twist”. Like the blurb says. What I got was a dystopian not solely about computer chips in your brain but more about consumerism and how it’s going to kill us all. And that “romantic twist”? Ha! There was nothing romantic about it. It was a jumbled up mess of feelings that never even once resembled love. Now we have talked about what it wasn’t, now let’s talk about what it was.
Feed is a bit scary. It makes you think. Are we taking technology too far? How long will it be before someone has the great idea to put a computer feed straight in our brains? But you can’t talk about the Feed’s in this book without talking about consumerism also. Because in Feed, they go hand in hand. Big business runs the world. Everything you want is just right there, in the palm of your hand.
I still found myself wanting to know more about the outside world. You get the little snippets from Titus’s Feed about things happening elsewhere and goings on of the government. I wanted to read more about those things than the very screwed up person that Titus is. Maybe I just missed the point of the book…no. I see the point of this book. I just went into it with the wrong ideas. So I was not happy with the outcome.
Overall, Feed is a strange book. Definitely not for everyone. It was interesting none the less.