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3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  38,445 Ratings  ·  4,702 Reviews
Finalist for the 2002 National Book Award, Young People's Literature
Honor book for the 2003 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award (Fiction category)

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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 tee

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Hardcover, 237 pages
Published September 23rd 2002 by Candlewick Press
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Kristen Dyer I'd go along w/ Cwc in saying that it's a reflection of how our society is entertaining itself to death. That so many fail to see beauty and wonder in…moreI'd go along w/ Cwc in saying that it's a reflection of how our society is entertaining itself to death. That so many fail to see beauty and wonder in everyday life. That our collective imagination is dying. That we whine about inconvenience. I didn't like the MC, but I think Anderson's choice makes sense. I didn't ultimately like the book, either, but I fear that we step closer to its portrayal of the future.(less)
James Shumilak I think in today's world there's even worse subjects and explicit content both in and out of books (especially centered towards teens) that this book…moreI think in today's world there's even worse subjects and explicit content both in and out of books (especially centered towards teens) that this book in comparison is trivial. Also it's obviously just trying to portray a more realistic approach to conversations that sadly most books lack. So yes it's mildly explicit but rather then taking away from the book it just adds more realism. I think the shock factor comes from the fact that other books centered towards teens over-censor the content or will "beat around the bush" when something actually "adult" happens. Just think of the conversations you've had with your peers or heard from other people. Is this book really that inappropriate in comparison to what is conversed on a daily basis? (less)

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Greg
In lieu of a review here is a rant inspired by Feed, using actual examples from real-life teens to illustrate the possible retardation of our culture and language. Enjoy.

This is a discussion from the Emo Girls/Boys r HOT!! group on Goodreads. I wanted to see what our youth really talk like. I figured I'd get them at their best, discussing politics. Here's a sampling:

I"M BLACK BITCH!! i'd b racest against ME!! no....Obama is just a fag...plain & simple!!

ill bakk out right now... BYEZZZ

sorry
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Michael
You could be eating Taco Bell tacos right now! In fact, there's a Taco Bell nearby calling your name!



Just think of that taste as the steaming beef-like substance hits your tongue, with Taco Bell's savory blend of spices all ready to give you MOUTHGASM! 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 buying some when you finish reading this review!

Because this re
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Annalisa
Jun 09, 2010 Annalisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rated for language
I started this book over a week ago and only got through the first page before all the "likes" turned me off. I took a break, read a few other books, and tried again. This time I got through two chapters before I closed the book and took a breath.
"I can't do this," I told myself. "I hate books that overuse our obnoxious vernacular. And the made-up words are annoying and stupid. I much preferred the made-up slang in A Clockwork Orange."
"So you're going to punish Anderson for using slang that is m
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Flannery
While I’m sitting here writing this review, a Seattle Groupon advertisement is trying to get me to buy nachos with some amazingly tasty-looking picture in my sidebar. Now I really want some nachos. I just turned on the television and the advertisements while I’m perusing the OnDemand selections (because who can be bothered to watch television in real time these days?) made me want to watch The Fighter again. But I’m not going to! (I’m going to watch Clueless, duh) My mom told me today that Bath ...more
karen
oops, i accidentally liked this book. i swear it was unintentional. i was all set to hate it, especially after greg's review (which to be fair, was less about hating the book and more about hating the people this book might be hoping to educate) the wariness i had about it being in kidcode teenspeak was unnecessary - it was like reading clockwork orange or irvine welsh or anything else in dialect. i thought it was going to be written in contemporary teentalk, which is retarded, but if it's made- ...more
Meg
Apr 07, 2008 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Here's a fact: I don't like futuristic satire. I mean. It's always blah blah blah corporate this and blah blah blah takeover that and people are dumber and machines are everywhere and School (tm) and it all just feels to me like a line of cheap jokes being lobbed at basically what amounts to a society = wet paper towels, like, it doesn't take that much to punch through our faces anymore. 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 ...more
April
Jan 25, 2016 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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.
Tatiana
Jun 18, 2012 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Catie
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
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Bloodanna
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. It seemed at times like the author was trying too hard to get his point across/to make you see the satire that i
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Maggie Stiefvater
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. T. Anderson.



***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? 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 jus
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Mykle
Apr 13, 2009 Mykle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was sixteen, I caught an early matinee of The Man Who Fell To Earth. I was hungover after a night of serious teenage drinking, and that film made me decide to go straight-edge for the rest of my youth. It was such a cutting story, a hero's journey derailed by substance abuse, and it hit me at exactly the right moment.

Having just finished Feed by M. T. Anderson, I'm now wondering if I ought to pitch this whole Internet thing overboard as well. Put it down and run away screaming.

Feed reads
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TK421
May 20, 2011 TK421 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
When I read the jacket blurb about this book I knew I was going to have a fun time with this story. Add to the fact that Anderson admits being influenced by none other than Mr. Thomas Pynchon, and this book had serious potential. (I have serious man crush on Pynchon, which is really gross if I stop to think about it. But I digress.)

And then I read the first page.

Okay, I understand the need to get a voice of a character and to tell a story in that voice, if applicable. But this voice was atroci
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Sandi
Aug 18, 2008 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone over 13
Shelves: 2008, sci-fi
Feed is a much more complex novel than it appears to be. So much of the story is told by things left unsaid or details told in single sentences sandwiched in between unrelated paragraphs. The blurb on the back of the book is totally misleading. The girl, Violet, is not a rebel and she’s not out to change the world. She’s a lower middle-class teen. Her mother left and her father, a college professor, home schools her. The narrator, Titus, meets her on a spring break trip to the moon. Violet wants ...more
Kristy
Dec 30, 2010 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It must be the week for me to be reading weird books... first "Unwind" and now this....
I'm straddling the proverbial fence on this bad boy:
On the positive hand,
1.It was a unique story
But
Sometimes different doesn't equal good.
2. The story itself was interesting
but
the writing sucked and it was "MEG" hard to get into
3. It was a cool take on how technology can be beneficial, but in extreme quantities we are actually worse off, to the point it makes our mind numb
But
it could have been executed so mu
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Sunil
Apr 01, 2012 Sunil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Feed has a good, interesting concept to work with: in the future, everyone's brain is linked to the Feed, so what we've always dreamed of is a reality—we are literally on the Internet ALL THE TIME. What this means is that the Feed is always learning about you and your preferences and recommending things for you to buy, you have the whole Internet's worth of information at your fingertips, you can cyberchat with people without having to type anything, and, oh, your brain is full of ads. The audio ...more
Meredith Black
Mar 18, 2013 Meredith Black rated it did not like it
(this review can also be seen at the-book-nuts.blogspot.com)

There are very few books I put down for just being horrible. Many times I am able to see the good things, even if there are few: I detested Beautiful Creatures, but I loved the character of Macon Ravenwood. 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
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Haboism
Jun 19, 2007 Haboism rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the jaded
Shelves: something
Feed is dark, satirical and surprisingly funny. Don't be fooled by the blurb, which makes it out to be post-apocalyptic horridness. In a sense, it is, but not in the way the blurb makes it sound.

The story is about Titus and Violet, and the Feed - an internet connection implanted in the brain at birth. Titus, the narrator, is as ineloquent and bizarre as the rest of the world, and yet his narrative is startlingly deep and pretty; but not half as deep and pretty as Violet, who is a wonderful heroi
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Kevin
Nov 15, 2011 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. I felt patronized and belittled by his futile attempt to relate with me. This book has no content and the English was horrendous. My head started to hurt about half a page through. I am accustomed to reading books that have meaning and structured grammar. I don’t spend my time on Young Adult novels because I can’t relate to them. Feed did exactly that. It ostracized me. It is by far the worst book I have ever read. I really wish that I could have quit after the first chapter. ...more
Jean
Jan 28, 2009 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The irony of seeing all the ads on goodreads to get me to this page is not escaping me.

Feed is a novel that needs to be experienced. Anderson projects a world where fast-paced internet consumerism has taken over society, where people have the internet basically wired into their bodies, directly feeding them a stream of advertisement based on their every random thought. It's cleverly done. Anderson beats the reader over the head with a devolved and annoying language (the people are so dumbed-dow
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Kat O'Keeffe
Not quite sure how I feel about this book. It was a pretty quick read and I liked it, but I can't say I loved it. I was a little lost at first because a lot of the technology wasn't explained well and the writing was hard to follow. There's a lot of made-up futuristic slang and filler words--"like" "uh" "you know"--which give the book an interesting colloquial feel, but sometimes it was a bit much.

Once I got used to the narration style, I did really enjoy the story, though the ending didn't play
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 01, 2011 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing
I know this is considered a young adult book, but I didn't feel like I was reading a young adult book. I first thought, wow this is an off shoot of William Gibson's Neuromancer, but as I read more it reminded me more and more of Bret Easton Ellis's Less than Zero. I'm a fan of both those books and buoyed by that feeling of familiarity I let myself be pulled into M. T. Anderson's vision of the future.

73% of the world have chips implanted in their heads; the world wide web is as readily available
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Anabel (inthebookcorner)
During most of it my reaction was constantly "wtf am I reading right now?"
But I think that was the point.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Aug 28, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark dystopian romances
It's the future, the internet is beamed directly into your head, people live in domes because the air and water outside is so polluted, people are getting lesions on their skin and their hair is falling out, and all anyone thinks about is amusing their jaded selves and buying stuff. But don't bother visiting the moon, 'cause it's totally lame.

The one exception is Violet, but she was homeschooled, so she's pretty weird. But Titus kind of likes her anyway. Too bad her feed got so fried.

Anderson c
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Gail Carriger
Dec 01, 2009 Gail Carriger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya
If you were to choose only one YA book to read in your lifetime, it should be this book. I suspect that it was betrayed by a disappointing cover, so that it never got the readership it deserved.

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 should take very long to whip t
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Louise
Aug 30, 2015 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Written in 2002, author M.T. Anderson saw the internet as we know it today with the added dimension that it could be directly “fed” into a brain.

It is hard to tell when this takes place. Internet development is contemporary with banner ads, chat functions and a version of “liking”. It is far enough into the future for travel to the moon and planets (and other items whose mention could be spoilers). There are references to what will probably be anachronisms by the time holograms can be school te
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Chy
Nov 27, 2012 Chy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like, it's not really five stars, okay? Like one major thing was meg cool and the other was meg emote, you know? But they didn't really mesh up together in the best way.

Okay, so like--yeah. Like, the satire, and the, like, writing style that should have gotten on my nerves but didn't because it was satire---that was like...like, whoa, unit. You know? And some of the lines and such were just, like, funny and still a statement. Like how even the parents and president talked like...I'm doing right
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Patrick Richardson
First and Foremost, this book should be read by adults. It is great for young adults, in fact vital, but for adults it is also extremely important to read. The reason it is considered a young adult book is that in order to accurately portray the world correctly it is in a lingo that young adults would use and that adults would be too arrogant to want to read. Get over the vernacular and read it, the necessity of teen-speak should become apparent as you read.

This book provides a realistic world (
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Sercan Vatansever
Apr 23, 2014 Sercan Vatansever rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
İşte, kitabın dilini anlamanız için falan aşağıdaki sinir bozucu tekniği kullandım.

Bitti mi? Tabii ki hayır! Sabrım falan elvermedi. Bana okuduğum en iyi kitabı sorsanız size bir tane söyleyemem ama okuduğum en kötü kitabın ne olduğunu falan an itibariyle biliyorum. Aslında konu olarak falan güzel. Oksijen üreten fabrikalar, sonra işte beyine falan yerleştirilen bilgisayarlar, sonra yönlendirilen insanlar, sonra işte gezegenler arası seyahatler falan... [bu arada işte bu yazdıklarımdan bazıların
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Kristin Rose
Sep 09, 2011 Kristin Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
This is a strange, twisted novel about how fucked up our future could be... there are no more computers, no more books, no more hands-on information... everything is downloaded right into your head... the feed.

"I don't know when they first had feeds. Like, maybe, fifty or a hundred years ago. Before that they had to use their hands and eyes. Computers were all outside the body. They carried them around outside of them, in their hands, like if you carried your lungs in a briefcase and opened it
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Misty
Sep 03, 2009 Misty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, sci-fi people and those who think they don't like sci-fi, people leery of consumerism
I read this book as the first in what I intended to be a "best of sci-fi summer," and though I don't know if I will stick to that, this was a good first book. It is interesting in its use of language, which is not dumbed-down per se, but is simplified to the logical conclusion, full of all those trendy little shortenings of words that keep bastardizing language until it conveys nothing (there is a quote in there somewhere, I think from Jane Austen or Margaret Atwood -- I know, how different coul ...more
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Matthew Tobin Anderson (M. T. Anderson), (1968- ) is an author, primarily of picture books for children and novels for young adults. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His picture books include Handel Who Knew What He Liked; Strange Mr. Satie; The Serpent Came to Gloucester; and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World. He has written such young adult books as Thirsty, Burger Wuss, Feed, The
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