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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 cause
Audiobook, Unabridged, 5 pages
Published May 27th 2006 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group (first published September 23rd 2002)
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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)
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)
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Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars - Read for my young adult literature class.
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

Mar 03, 2010 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
You could be eating Taco Bell tacos right now! In fact, there's a Taco Bell nearby calling your name!

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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!

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
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.
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
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
Gail Carriger
Nov 19, 2009 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.

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.

Oct 17, 2007 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
Jun 13, 2012 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
"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 consolatio
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
Jan 22, 2009 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
Jul 15, 2008 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
Meredith Shaheed
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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
Sep 21, 2010 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
Sep 29, 2011 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
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
Oct 20, 2010 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
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
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
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
Nov 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jan 03, 2009 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
Jackie "the Librarian"
Aug 28, 2008 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
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
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
During most of it my reaction was constantly "wtf am I reading right now?"
But I think that was the point.
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
A tale of consumerism gone mad, and a terrific twist on the YA dystopian genre. Feed blends the realities of teenage friendships with a rather sinister vision of a future where capitalism has been pushed to its most extreme. This was my second read of this novel, the first being in 2012, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

Feed is set in a near-future where American children have an electronic 'feed' implanted into their brains. This embedded machine grows with them and takes ov
Aug 30, 2015 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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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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“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” 148 likes
“We Americans are interested only in the consumption of our products. We have no interest in how they are produced, or what happens to them once we discard them, once we throw them away.” 116 likes
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