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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  61,158 ratings  ·  7,058 reviews
Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon—a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused
Paperback, 308 pages
Published February 23rd 2004 by Candlewick Press (first published September 23rd 2002)
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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)
Juliette Goldberg I am an 8th grader, and I just finished this book. I didn't mind it at all and actually quite enjoyed the book. I know this question was from a while …moreI am an 8th grader, and I just finished this book. I didn't mind it at all and actually quite enjoyed the book. I know this question was from a while ago, and you have probably learned by now that times have really changed. More and more kids are reading stuff like this just because they think it's cool, and less and less parents are minding it. I have always been reading at a higher level, and read this because I'm running out of books to read. But the "explicit content" did not bother me what so ever.(less)

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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

Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars - Read for my young adult literature class.
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Maggie Stiefvater
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeffrey Keeten
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
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. ...more
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
Nov 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Yuck. Like, unit, this was meg annoying to read with all the like, whoa, thing, dialog. I'm too much of a consumer to appreciate this book, I guess. I, like, totally get what the author is trying to say with this book, but whoa, dude. I think I'll just drink a Coke and forget I read this one. ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I'm doing this project where I'm rereading books I enjoyed from my adolescence and seeing how they hold up. FEED was a book that really stuck out to me as a candidate because I still remembered it so strongly despite not picking it up for several years. It's kind of like a YA-ed up version of BRAVE NEW WORLD. In a future where the earth is suffering from multiple environmental crises, humans take solace in an electronic soma: the interne
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Poetry for the ear!"

Welcome to post-literary society, where everything you need (or do not need, for that matter) is spoon-fed to you, straight into your brain. No need for books!

Every once in a while, my universe is thoroughly shaken, and I feel like I lose ground. 2016 has proven to be more of a strain on my nerves than I consider healthy, with political developments in the whole world going from merely bad to pure demagoguery, with news that are disturbing almost every day.

My one consola
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
Gail Carriger
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed, ya, favorites
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.

Tom Quinn
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Though it reads like the runaway product of a creative writing assignment on developing Voice, what with its belabored future slang and rapid-fire "look-how-teen-I-am" narration, this story is pretty darn cool. And the small details seeded throughout to hint at a wider future culture are very good worldbuilding. "Do more with less," and all that. By the end the focus had narrowed to such an arresting intimacy that it caught me off guard. I consider it well above average in the YA field, and righ ...more
Jul 12, 2007 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. It seemed at times like the author was trying too hard to get his point across/to make you see the satire that i
(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
This has been on my library TBR for some time now. It was about to be weeded and so I decided to pick it up. I only knew the title of the book and I had assumed it had something to do with food. Maybe it was cannibalism or something. It is totally not what I was expecting.

This is a YA future Sci-Fy tale. I almost didn't go on to finish the book. The first part there is so much cussing and the characters feel so hollow, but I'm glad I stuck with this story as there is some amazing ideas in this s
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 07, 2012 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
I'm shaken.

After reading this book, I've been revisiting everything about my life: how much time I spend in my iPhone, my values, my self-image. What is me and what is product of advertising? As a marketer, I've always been clear that marketing is a reflection of who we are more than the other way around but as I read this book, I realized the cumulative effect of having all the messages bombard us since we're pretty much in the womb. And even though our brains tells us that today's standards of
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
UPDATE: Nine years later...

Upon revisiting this book, I am changing my opinion of it. I've added a star. Perhaps I was too dense to appreciate the story in 2010. Regardless, read this book. It is more prescient today than ever.


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
Oct 20, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Sometimes different doesn't equal good.
2. The story itself was interesting
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
it could have been executed so mu
Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice)
So readers, I really wanted to like this book... But I didn't, in fact, my overall reading experience left me feeling more conflicted than before picking Feed up to read. I am HAPPY though that I have read this in one sitting since a few Goodreads users recommended me this novel right at the start of my Goodreads experience as a book reviewer. Titus is the main character and he has this feed inserted into his brain, this controls and receives adverts, messages and basically anything from the wor ...more
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Beth The Vampire
This was another book I had to read for my Writing for Young Adult course this semester.

I don't know where to start with this book. The ideas were fantastic, but the writing was really strange and I couldn't really get into it. The concept of the feed is that it is installed in your brain as a child and it essentially feeds you adverts, online shopping, tv shows, and games 24 hours a day seven days a week, and all in front of your eyes. It is not only a great comment on youth culture and materia
Jackie "the Librarian"
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
Karen ⊰✿
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: uno_2018
"The Feed" is an internet connection implanted in your brain. So there is no need for computers or phones, you have everything right there in your mind.
No need to learn. explore. create. think critically. It is all done for you.
This concept of society becoming lazy and stupid and killing the planets we have colonised is an interesting one, and when this book was written in 2002, would have been a little more unique than it is today.
Unfortunately there is no real plot within that concept. There i
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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.

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