When the cover of the book says "Coming soon to the CW" you should know the book is going to be shit. No, never judge a book by its cover but if the b...moreWhen the cover of the book says "Coming soon to the CW" you should know the book is going to be shit. No, never judge a book by its cover but if the book is being adapted into a teeny-bopper show on one of the worst US stations, then maybe judge it by its cover. This was simply a terrible book. Not sure how anyone liked it.
It jumps around EVERY CHAPTER between the past and the present. It's not a good technique. Either write the book in a linear fashion or don't write the book at all. There was no suspense and the ending was predictable from a mile away. Not a very good book at all. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone.(less)
Much different than the movie North Country which is partially based on this book. I liked the movie, as a movie it's very good but you cannot say it...moreMuch different than the movie North Country which is partially based on this book. I liked the movie, as a movie it's very good but you cannot say it is a direct translation of the book or what really happened. The problem with reality is that it sometimes gets a bit dull. The middle section of the book detailing the endless trials these women go through was a bit much for me. If you're a student or lover of all things latigious you'll probably really enjoy the book.
What the women in the mines in Eveleth went through was horrible but I think the trials they went through were even more horrible. That's the American justice system for you.(less)
Great book. A gritty, real look at street life through the eyes of a 12 year old girl. The book is never sensational, which I like and has a good hear...moreGreat book. A gritty, real look at street life through the eyes of a 12 year old girl. The book is never sensational, which I like and has a good heart. It's obvious a lot of research went into this book or the author knows a little something about addiction and street people. The similes do get annoying after a while, everything is like tear-drops and fresh bubble-gum. But besides that, this is a great Canadian book. The subject matter might be bleak but I like it as long as no punches are pulled.
The relationship between Baby and Xavier is particularly cute and well-written. They come from completely opposite worlds but it makes a lot of sense that they're together. (less)
I don’t give out five star reviews to just any book but this is a book that deserves a five star rating. In the tradition of the classic dystopian nov...moreI don’t give out five star reviews to just any book but this is a book that deserves a five star rating. In the tradition of the classic dystopian novels “1984” and “Brave New World” comes “Feed” in which teens live in a future where an implant allows people to communicate and corporations to communicate with them. It’s also a love story between the two teen characters Violet and Titus who meet one day while they’re both vacationing on the Moon.
I think a good dystopian novel has to be scary but also fun. This book is both insanely amusing but also scary. The technology which everyone uses in the novel is familiar enough to be scary. If you take an iPhone and put it in someone’s head and you have the “feed”. People use it the same way too, to communicate instantly with family, friends and even strangers and to make purchases they don’t need.
The fun and humour comes from the details of the feed, the President’s addresses to the American public, the commercials which run constantly in people’s heads and just the senseless consumerism people experience. The author M.T. Anderson says he did a lot of research into teen life to come up with the themes of the book. He did a very good job. The vapidity, feelings of isolation, love and hate are all there. So is the pop culture which is used quite effectively.
I used to write short stories like “Feed” when I was a teenager. Stories about teens in the future facing oppressive governments, ruthless corporations as well as all the problems of every day teen life like love, hurt, suicide, drugs and confused sexuality. This book reminds me of the fun I had writing those stories that I shared with other teens on Usenet message boards. I loved “1984” “A clockwork Orange” and other dystopian books and used those for the basis of my writing. Reading “Feed” was like revisiting those. But I still say I was on the cutting edge when I was writing dystopian teen fiction back in the late 90s and early 00s.
I suppose in a way that the teen dystopian future novel is a genre of itself now. Between the popularity of “The Hunger Games”, “Little Brother” and all the others, this is becoming an interesting genre that should make teens more aware of the world they’re living in. “Feed” has been used in high school and college classes. That’s awesome.
What I found kind of hard to believe was the fact that this book is from 2002. Of course the President of the United States is a very familiar version of George W Bush so that was a big clue but I never checked the date of publication of the book until I was nearly done. I was pretty stunned to see it was 2002 because this book seems like it was written in the past few years as iphones and tablets have taken off as has people’s addiction to those devices. There is also a major industrial accident in the Gulf of Mexico in the book where people were covered in black goo. This was written a decade before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
I “read” the audiobook version of this novel which ads music and jingles to the pieces of the “feed” which go into Titus’ mind. It’s an added bonus and great fun. If you’ve read the paper version, pick up the audiobook from the library. (less)