We flew up and our feeds were burbling all sorts of things about where to stay and alone in the upcar and there's nothing but the feed telling you, This is the. Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its About the Author: M.T. Anderson is the author of several books for older. Winner of the LA Times Book Prize. cover image of Feed love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.
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Editorial Reviews. medical-site.info Review. This brilliantly ironic satire is set in a future world Add Audible book to your download for just $ Deliver to your. In his National Book Award Finalist Feed, M. T. Anderson has created a not-so- brave new world – and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its . On the page of everything that you can download in our public domain and original books sections, multiple download links are available. Although Feedbooks.
I mean, isn't watching the fight and listening to Joe Rogan's commentary enough, but now we also need to have the experience mediated another step through micro-blogging? Ok, or maybe we can look at a group of kids sitting on the floor of a bookstore all on top of each other like cockroaches and they all have their sidekicks out texting away, maybe even to each other, but it's like hanging out to be online or something.
How much easier would it be for all of this to happen if it could just be broadcast to our heads? I'm sure most people would sign up for it immediately.
Then you wouldn't have to miss anything on any of the RSS feeds you're subscribed to, any of the news or gossip that keeps getting churned out to keep people checking back constantly, you'd never have to be bored because you could just call up a YouTube video and see it right there in your head.
Who wouldn't want that kind of immediate access to the whole wide streaming world? I might sound a tad self-righteous here, but I'm as guilty as anyone. We are an increasingly retarded society being swayed by a profit driven media culture. What if we no longer needed devices? What if we had an internet feed within us, so we were never disconnected? For my current age: For me, the key to the discomfort is how much I love some of it, how much I still do want to be slick like the people on the tube, beautiful, laughing, surrounded by friends.
And how much I legitimately do think that the technology-based information resources at our command now are incredible things like Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, instant music and movie downloads, even the much-maligned Wikipedia.
These are tools for an amazing new intellectual understanding of the world, though they come with strings attached. Think about the way technological progress over the last twenty years has revolutionized the artistic possibilities in film, or the scientific processes of medical experimentation — or almost any field.
I am no Luddite. It is the anguish of indecision that animates it. This is indeed a brave new world, but there is a cost. People have told me that Feed is coming true. Some of the technologies I discussed have been explored in recent years. But in a sense, I believe it already was the reality when I was writing. This was a book I just started writing without knowing where it was going. I wandered into it. Originally, it was supposed to be a short story for a collection on literacy.
Obviously, it got way too long, and I presented it to my editor at Candlewick, Liz Bicknell, as a book instead. Writing without a design for the novel was complicated. I just have to keep kicking myself mentally whenever one slips out. I've been thinking about this book ever since I read it.
I can't stop thinking about it. For all the dystopias I've been reading, I'm amazed that Anderson's world could discomfort me this much. And I've been thinking about his main character. While reading it, I was often disappointed with his choices, but now I think he was the perfect embodiment of this shallow world. I loved that Anderson offers no judgment or solution, just shows us this world with all its many flaws and lets it creep under your skin and make you uncomfortable with where the world is headed.
Anderson is amazing. I look forward to reading his other books. View all 10 comments. Mar 20, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: You could be eating Taco Bell tacos right now! In fact, there's a Taco Bell nearby calling your name! With a side of those cinnamon twists, and a big, plastic quart of a dark, sugary substance, you're ready to have a tasty tasty meal!
And you've earned it! Perhaps you should consider downloading some when you finish reading this review! Be You could be eating Taco Bell tacos right now! Because this review is about what life would be like it we had internet access in our head. It would totally suck. It sucks for a variety of reasons. Or you thought he might be on Goodreads , tinkering around with some new review?
And this made you start wondering how well your last review was doing RE: There aren't books! Nobody reads anymore! So it's an internet without Goodreads! More about that after these messages.
And we're back! I guess the most annoying part of the whole internet-in-the-head thing would be the constant barrage of advertisements.
I mean, when you can't control when you have to endure an advertisement, can't turn it off, can't change the channels, because the advertisement is literally in your head I mean, WTF? But RE: This is quite impressive, although not as impressive as the taste of Bacardi, which helps you become skinny and slutty, i.
Anderson does amazingly well at making you actually feel for the main character, considering he--along with almost every other character--is even more wrapped up in consumerism than we are. I know, right? Happiness is an idea communicated by advertisements, and identity is created by which of these happinesses you choose to pursue. Are you the Bacardi ho? Are you the dude in the field of flowers tossing his kid up in the air? Are you walking down the beach and sliding a diamond ring on a finger?
Who are you? The main character falls for a girl who doesn't seem as This is a big turn-on, although not as much as a pair of Air Max 90 Infrareds. You don't have a pair yet? They're the dopest of the dope.
These shoes are so hot, girls literally make out with them. So, he's attracted to the way she seems so strangely thoughtful and reflective. But, it's a dystopia, so blah blah blah, it goes to shit. There's a lot of absolutely hilarious parts of this book, most of them in the first half. Things then get real.
Everyone has lesions on their skin because of pollution. They're so common that they are usually ignored, until it comes into fashion to get artificially created, ornamental ones. They go to the moon one day because they're bored. They go to a farm. A filet mignon farm, with big pulsating walls of beef all around them.
And they go through a beef maze. I laughed until I cried. That said, I shall conclude. This conclusion is brought to you by Chevron, the environmental fossil fuel company. We're working toward a progressive energy future, and sustainable resource practices. And those terms really do mean something.
We still have the chance to be creative, innovative, and make choices for ourselves. And if we don't use these abilities, we may end up losing them. So, lets all go out and express our individuality by finding products that help us define who we are as individuals. Maybe then, then, we will be free. View all 19 comments. Now I really want some nachos. It was download 3, get 2 free!! We are sick. Our entire consumer-based society makes me ill but I am a willing participant in a lot of it.
This book is set in a plausible? No one seems to give a second thought to the system they are a part of--save a few people. Titus meets Violet on the shuttle to the moon and she got her feed later than most. Because her parents are academics she still has a lot of experience reading actual books, speaking in the air as opposed to chatspeak , and philosophizing.
She, arguably foolishly, tries to get Titus and his friends to actually think about what their consumptive lifestyle means in the larger scale of things. It was frustrating to listen to his friends let her inquiries about their knowledge of worldwide riots, mass killings, deforestation, etc.
This aspect of the book, actually thinking about the effects of disposable culture and over consumption really struck home for me. I am fascinated by attempts to create closed-loop manufacturing systems.
But do I get ecstatic thinking about new video games coming out? Yes, I totally do. Can our individual environmental choices actually effectively change anything? Is our only choice to either watch our entire world deplete its resources at a disgusting rate or overthrow it all and start anew?
Even at the end of this book, though it ends on a semi-hopeful note, I was still depressed. The types of people who would probably benefit the most from reading a satire like this will never read it. I thought Unwind was so fascinating because it brought up tons of societal issues while still having an engaging plot.
Here, I was only passively interested in what was going on in the story. Which brings me to the audiobook—awesome. The audiobook is narrated by one man but the feed portions are actually done by a cast and it sounds completely real. You hear all sorts of crazy commercials and advertisements just like you are actually experiencing the feed. I am so shocked and surprised to be saying that I loved this book. I was honestly expecting to hate it, but I think this is the most realistic portrayal of our future I've ever read.
There's so much to take away from this book and I honestly think I'll be thinking about it for the rest of my life. Jun 17, Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing Shelves: This, in my opinion, is the best written YA book I've ever read.
The characterization is brilliant and unflinching, the details of the world absolutely spot-on, and the YA coming-of-age plot seamlessly worked into a brutal sci-fi story.
When I grow up, I want to be M. Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Consider a novel's presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement. I can't believe I just said "hearty. View 1 comment. Jun 16, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 25 comments. Nov 19, Gail Carriger rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you were to choose only one YA book to read in your lifetime, it should be this book.
Feed portrays the near future world North Americans are currently barreling towards, and, as a result, this book is horrifying, terrifying, and brilliant all at the same time. You don't need to read my review, you need to go out and read this book, now. It's a fast pace and shouldn't take very long to whip through. I keep it on my shelf because it's genius, but it's so chilling I can't stand to reread it. It's If you were to choose only one YA book to read in your lifetime, it should be this book.
It's not often I agree with the big gun awards out there but Feed richly deserves its status as: Probably would have if it wasn't SF. View all 4 comments.
As seen on The Readventurer I might feel uncertain if I actually liked Feed or not, but one thing I know for sure - the audio version of it is excellent.
The book itself is unique because of its narrator - a teen in a future with a device in his head that directly connects him to the internet. Titus, who is constantly fed a cocktail of advertising, entertainment and targeted info, has an almost atrophied brain, he lacks in basic knowledge of speech or reading, because why bother if all communicat As seen on The Readventurer I might feel uncertain if I actually liked Feed or not, but one thing I know for sure - the audio version of it is excellent.
Titus, who is constantly fed a cocktail of advertising, entertainment and targeted info, has an almost atrophied brain, he lacks in basic knowledge of speech or reading, because why bother if all communication can be done through the Feed?
His "voice" is highly stylized and peppered with "likes," "dudes," "fucks" and "dadadas. But other than the high quality of the audio production, Feed didn't really impress me. For one, I guess Feed failed to properly scare me. You see, even though I am not a particularly tech savvy person, I am sooo far from lamenting the advancement of technology and the "loss of humanity" that comes with it.
Somehow, these ignorant pubescents manage to grow up and become functioning members of society and in fact are often at an advantage in our Twitter and Facebook-driven world. People have been predicting the end of the world due to technological or cultural changes since the dawn of days. Burn those astronomers and scientists!
Don't let them women go to school and vote! Nobody writes letters a la Jane Eyre any more! Those telephones are EVIL! Every time there is a change in technology or culture, someone is crying apocalypse. You know what? I am not scared of the changes. People evolve, communications evolve, and life goes on. Will there be time when internet is directly plugged into our brains? When we communicate mostly electronically?
So what? Would I be better off spending more time outside planting potatoes, picking cotton, turning over hay, grinding flour? You tell me. In addition to the Feed concerns, there is another layer of the novel where human population seems to be decaying, physically, with people developing lesions on their skin and the planet being destroyed, but that's a completely different story.
All of that doesn't seem to be attributed to the evils of the Feed. Just carelessness of people. I am not even sure why Anderson put it into the story, without significantly connecting it to the rest. Was it all supposed to be a treatise against American over-consumerized culture, the cause of everything bad in the world?
This side dish of social commentary wasn't flavored enough for my taste. To me, Feed read a bit dated and a bit young. In spite of massive cursing and sexual content, the book's message is delivered in a simple and obvious way.
But that's a normal thing. After all, this YA novel is over 10 years old and lost some of its bite. I enjoyed the novel's "voice" thanks to the fabulous audio , but did it provoke any thoughts or emotions in me?
Not really. The highly satirized and stylized narrative might be at fault here. Satire doesn't work for me usually. Making a joke out of serious issues doesn't compel me to cheer for the cause, no matter how legit it is.
View all 22 comments. Oct 17, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: Here's a fact: I don't like futuristic satire. I mean. And all of that stuff is in Feed, so, really the two of us were up against a wall together and one of us was Here's a fact: And all of that stuff is in Feed, so, really the two of us were up against a wall together and one of us was going to have to bend.
The book's all, it's not just that our feed-like tendencies are going to make it harder to relate to each other, it's that our feed-like tendencies are going to make it hard to grow and change at all.
Plus it's constructed in a way that makes you think that at first there's only one class of people--the type of people narrating the book--and by the time you're deep in and Anderson is hinting about other classes of people that you never really even learn about, you're so steeped in this upper-class that it's easy to lend understanding to a protagonist who really seriously has to fight to look beyond his own dumb nose. I also liked Titus' parents' diction. View all 3 comments. Apr 12, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: No need for books!
Every once in a while, my universe is thoroughly shaken, and I feel like I lose ground. My one consolatio "Poetry for the ear! My one consolation in the chaos is, and has always been, reading. More than most other years, I have cherished my hours spent in the reading chair, reading history, poetry, drama, contemporary and classic literary fiction.
All the time thinking I know what literature is. Having read Knowledge: As long as we are not challenged to think differently. Well, I am now! In the era when musicians win the Nobel Prize In Literature, cheered on by a whole community of non-readers, and some readers as well, who like his music but probably haven't read his "books" either , we are not far away from the randomness of the society depicted in "Feed", where human beings have a chip implanted in their brain that feeds them anything from music and news to advertisement, customised to match the person's shopping pattern.
I did not expect anything from this book, and just picked it up because it fit a teaching unit on dystopian fiction for Grade 9.
And then I spent the whole weekend laughing and crying. I don't think many paragraphs have touched me as much as the one where proper education is dismissed on the grounds that the feed enables you to get instant information on everything immediately, for example "which battles in the Civil War George Washington fought in". My first reflection was that many of my students would not be able to detect the deep sarcasm contained in that sentence, and they would not question the content.
Scary thought! Now I am almost certain that many grown-ups as well, even if they are educated, would miss the message in that paragraph, as they don't care about the context and read quickly without reflection. Skimming through text does that to you, whether you are an adolescent or an adult. Then I felt almost nauseated when I read a press release from the fictitious government explaining to the outside world that "big shithead" was an idiom meant as a compliment, and should not be considered as an insult threatening the diplomatic relationship between two states.
If the other state did not understand the nuanced language spoken in America, it was truly not the American leader's fault. Again, I thought it was exaggerated first, only to see much worse in the real world over and over again this summer. The way we treat language, first carelessly, without any thought, and then ruthlessly, without any truth, is very close to the futuristic American establishment in "Feed". I felt deeply disturbed by the numb reaction of the main character when he is confronted with real tragedy, but in a way, that intensified the message of the story.
A life lived with a news and entertainment feed in your head makes you detached from the messy feelings you would have to confront in human interaction. It also makes you move forwards all the time, not stopping to think, or read, or reflect. If you don't act, the noise in your head gets tangible, annoying, and stressful. To tune it out, you must be occupied with several easy tasks at the same time, shallowly half-focusing. I am not sure my students would appreciate the novel, and without reading guidance, the adventure, full of teenage risk taking and bad language, as well as interesting technology, will probably make them overlook the message about humanity lost to quick entertainment and instant gratification, unable to find pleasure in deeper thoughts and feelings, and unable to express themselves in sophisticated language, as their vocabulary is based on the songs they listen to and the advertisements they are fed.
The sad thing about books about the loss of literature and culture is that they are mostly read by people who still nurture that love. For the rest, I am sure the "Feed" gives them 24 hours nonstop of "poetry for the ear". View all 21 comments. Jul 12, Bloodanna rated it it was ok. While I did end up liking this book I was very close to banishing it to the back of my bookshelf. This book is one that I found hard to get into, the beginning is slow and slightly tedious with the slang and the "Like, totally, man" quality of the narrators speech, it wasn't 'til about page 48 that I really started getting into it and even then it in my opinion wasn't very well-done.
Do ya get it, do ya? Even the ideas weren't terribly original, the whole 'controlled and made stupid by technology' plot has been done; I believe there's even a few movies where everyone is connected by the Internet in their head. The only things that made me like the book were Violet who is one of the more 3D characters in the story and not really the dark things that are going on behind scenes, the things that are happening to the world, but the way Titus the main character and narrator basically ignores it.
View 2 comments. Many times I am able to see the good things, even if there are few: I couldn't stand Far North, but I felt the setting was accurately portrayed, and somewhat made up for the excruciating lack of plot. Not Feed. Feed takes place at some unknown time in the future, a time where the majority of people h this review can also be seen at the-book-nuts.
Feed takes place at some unknown time in the future, a time where the majority of people have "Feeds-" a chip implanted in your head that allows your brain direct access to the internet. It also allows agencies and advertisements direct access to your brain. Just let that sink in. That annoying Super Bowl ad that just won't get off your TV?
In your brain. The McDonalds "Filet Fish" jingle? No way to turn it off. Okay, so it's a fairly interesting premise.