I bought this for my husband as a birthday gift, and we decided to read it together. I really enjoyed the way the story was told in this book, as inte...moreI bought this for my husband as a birthday gift, and we decided to read it together. I really enjoyed the way the story was told in this book, as interviews from all kinds of people who experienced the zombie apocalypse (World War Z) in very different ways. The depth Brooks went to in this book was impressive and I found myself being excited by his cleverness on many occasions throughout the book. Some interpretations and depictions of the zombies and their behavior seemed a bit off to me (and my husband), though, which was a bit disappointing. In the end, however, we both really enjoyed this book. A fantastic read, even if you’re not a big fan of zombie stories!(less)
My friend’s grandmother chose this one for book club, and I was keen to read it because I’ve seen the author’s name around a lot. First jarring observ...moreMy friend’s grandmother chose this one for book club, and I was keen to read it because I’ve seen the author’s name around a lot. First jarring observation: this book is written in third person present tense, which I really dislike and found awkward at time. The story was okay, and I actually did learn a few interesting things about Cherokee history. I found a lot of the plot to be predictable (not all of it, though), and some of the characters were quite frustrating. It’s one of those stories where I understand that without the stupid decisions the MC makes there would be no story, but that’s kind of what bothers me. Overall: interesting, but I didn’t like it enough to keep my copy (I gave it away).(less)
When I first heard about this book, I remember reading a sample of the first chapter. I was tuned off, ended up not finishing the sample, and decided...moreWhen I first heard about this book, I remember reading a sample of the first chapter. I was tuned off, ended up not finishing the sample, and decided not to enter the accompanying giveaway for the book. My next experience with this book came when it randomly showed up on my doorstep, with no explanation about why it was sent to me. Needless to say, I was confused, but decided I'd read it -- since I had it -- whenever I got around to it.
I'm really glad I gave this book a second chance. Though the voice took some getting used to, once I was settled into Titus's brain, I was so hooked on the story that it was hard for me to put it down. This book raises so many questions and evokes so many feelings that it's commendable.
-What would life be like if we had computers in our brains? -If we were marketed to constantly -- based on personal data collected from our brains and history? -What could go wrong with those scenarios? -What would life be like if the Earth was destroyed and we had to move to other planets or exist in bubbles we've created to sustain ourselves? -When you can communicate with people via the computers in your brains, what is the value of communicating "offline"? -What happens when advertising and consuming are so ingrained in our society that everything becomes valueless, a parody of itself? -How does one connect with someone whose life and experience is so far removed from your own?
What I found the most interesting in this book was the ways in which Titus and Violet chose to interact with each other, other people, and the world. Violet did have a bit of a manic-pixie-dream-girl thing going on, but it didn't really bother me because she was smart and clever.
The thing that killed me? That put me completely over the edge? The disappointing, yet very realistic, way that they both (especially Titus) handled things in the end. Oh my god. I cried and I raged and I thrashed and I scribbled furiously in my book journal (beware potential spoilers in that link).
I really liked this book. It had so many important things to say and explore and make me think about. Feed turned out to, surprisingly, be one of my favorite reads in 2013. I still don't know who sent me the book, or why, but I'm glad they did. Thank you!
NOTE: There is one aspect of this book that completely floored me, because of how much it correlates to some aspects of narcolepsy. I want to shout it from the rooftops, but since I don't want to spoil anything, I'm sharing it below, inside the spoiler tags. Click at your own risk. (view spoiler)[At one point, Violet's brain-computer ("feed") begins malfunctioning and she suffers these random episodes where she basically falls prey to the brain-computer's whims. She loses control of various parts of her body for random amounts of time, and it is the most frustrating and scary thing in the world.
I cannot explain how eerie it was for me to read these parts of the book. It felt so familiar, even though what I'm experiencing is cataplexy and not a brain-computer malfunction. Nevertheless, I've yet to see a better description. It almost should have come with a trigger warning! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)