by M. T. Anderson


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The tour de force that set the gold standard for dystopian YA fiction — in a compelling paperback edition.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon — a chance to party during spring break. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its ever-present ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. M. T. Anderson’s not-so-brave new world is a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

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ISBN-13: 9780763662622
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 12,197
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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It was maybe, okay, maybe it was like two days after the party with the "never pukes when he chugalugs" that Violet chatted me first thing in the morning and said she was working on a brand-new project. I asked her what was the old project, and she was like, did I want to see the new one? I said, Okay, should I come over to su casa? I’ve never been there, and she was like, No, not yet. Let’s meet at the mall.

I was like, Okay, sure, fine, whatever swings your string, and she was all, Babycakes, you swing my string, which is a nice thing for someone to say to you, especially before you use mouthwash.

So I flew over to the mall near her house through the rain, which was coming down outside in this really hard way. Everyone had on all their lights until they got above the clouds. Up there it was sunny, and people were flying very businesslike.

The mall was really busy, there were a lot of crowds there. They were buying all this stuff, like the inflatable houses for their kids, and the dog massagers, and the tooth extensions that people were wearing, the white ones which you slid over your real teeth and they made your mouth just like one big single tooth going all the way across.

Violet was standing near the fountain and she had a real low shirt on, to show off her lesion, because the stars of the Oh? Wow! Thing! had started to get lesions, so now people were thinking better about lesions, and lesions even looked kind of cool. Violet looked great in her low shirt, and besides that she was smiling, and really excited for her idea.

For a second we said hello and just laughed about all of the stupid things people were buying and then Violet, she pointed out that, regarding legs to stand on, I didn’t have very much of one, because I was wheeling around a wheelbarrow full of a giant hot cross bun from Bun in a Barrow.

I said, "Yum, yum, yum."

She was like, "You ready?"

I asked her what the idea was.

She said, "Look around you." I did. It was the mall. She said, "Listen to me." I listened. She said, "I was sitting at the feed doctor’s a few days ago, and I started to think about things. Okay. All right. Everything we do gets thrown into a big calculation. Like they’re watching us right now. They can tell where you’re looking. They want to know what you want."

"It’s a mall," I said.

"They’re also waiting to make you want things. Everything we’ve grown up with - the stories on the feed, the games, all of that - it’s all streamlining our personalities so we’re easier to sell to. I mean, they do these demographic studies that divide everyone up into a few personality types, and then you get ads based on what you’re supposedly like. They try to figure out who you are, and to make you conform to one of their types for easy marketing. It’s like a spiral: They keep making everything more basic so it will appeal to everyone. And gradually, everyone gets used to everything being basic, so we get less and less varied as people, more simple. So the corps make everything even simpler. And it goes on and on."

This was the kind of thing people talked about a lot, like, parents were going on about how toys were stupid now, when they used to be good, and how everything on the feed had its price, and okay, it might be true, but it’s also boring, so I was like, "Yeah. Okay. That’s the feed. So what?"

"This is my project."

"Is . . . ?"

She smiled and put her finger inside the collar of my shirt. "Listen," she said. "What I’m doing, what I’ve been doing over the feed for the last two days, is trying to create a customer profile that’s so screwed, no one can market to it. I’m not going to let them catalog me. I’m going to become invisible."

I stared at her for a minute. She ran her finger along the edge of my collar, so her nail touched the skin of my throat. I waited for an explanation. She didn’t tell me any more, but she said to come with her, and she grabbed one of the nodules on my shirt - it was one of those nodule shirts - and she led me toward Bebrekker & Karl.

We went into the store, and immediately our feeds were all completely Bebrekker & Karl. We were bannered with all this crazy high-tech fun stuff they sold there. Then a guy walked up to us and said could he help us. I said I didn’t know. But Violet was like, "Sure. Do you have those big searchlights? I mean, the really strong ones?"

"Yeah," he said. "We have . . . yeah. We have those." He went over to some rack, and he took these big searchlights off the rack. He showed us some different models. The feeds had specs. They showed us the specs while he talked.

When he went into the back to get another, cheaper searchlight, I said to Violet, "What next?"

She whispered, "Complicating. Resisting."

Bebrekker & Karl were bannering us big. It was, We’ve streamlined the Tesla coil for personal use - you can even wear it in your hair! With these new, da da da, and Relax, yawn, and slump! While our greased cybermassage beads travel up and down your back! Guaranteed to make you etc., like that.

I was like, "Okay, huh?" but the guy came back and he had another searchlight.

He told us, "You can see shit real good with this one? I have one of these on my upcar. It’s sometimes like - whoa, really - whoa. There was this one time? And I was flying along at night and I shined the light down at the ground, to look at the tops of all the suburb pods? And all over the top of them, it looked like it was moving, like there was a black goo? So I turned up the brightness, and I went down, and I shined it more bright, and it turned out the black moving goo was all these hordes of cockroaches. There were miles of them, running all over the tops of the domes. . . .

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Feed 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 394 reviews.
Agnostc-Alabama-Adolesent More than 1 year ago
I was Impressed with the reviews and got this for my seventh grader. My son would read a bit of Feed then move to another book and only pick Feed up again when I bugged him about it. He finally brought it to me and pointed out his problem with the book: every other word was fu**! It was enough to offend a teenager. He also said the story line just wasn't engaging. It sure would have been helpful if the editorials could have mentioned this was a dull "R-rated" book.
teacher-j-mo More than 1 year ago
This book surpasses most in its realism of our future society. The kids in this book are dangerously close to those I teach in my high school - numbed by everything. I actually see film over their eyes and, while reading this book, visualized the pop-ups abounding through the heads of my current students, as they are already 'permanently plugged into' their Internets, whether or not they're actually online! This concept is not a far stretch from what our future actually holds for us. Scary, really...
bridgid Mcneill More than 1 year ago
This author has no idea how teenagers/young adults talk. Dont by this book or you have just wasted your money like i did.
lkhokie More than 1 year ago
this book was a complete was of time. idiotic language is used and nothing happens in the story line. i realize this book was supposed to show the eventual ultimate decline of our society, so i put up with the ridiculous valley girl/instant messaging type language in hopes that something worthwhile would happen in the story-line. but i was severely wrong and disappointed. so unless you want to feel as though your IQ has dropped at least ten points, don't waste your time on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The idea is brillant but the book fails to deliver. I was dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Feed may not seem relevant to younger high school students and the book¿s difficulty level is challenging. The story, while excellently written and very inventive, would not be believable by students who may still be reading only for the plot. Feed is almost as hard to read as Shakespeare. Both the dialogue and the actual writing are written in code, similar to the way people IM each other. ¿Link Arwaker was all, `I¿m so null,¿ and Marty was all, `I¿m null, too, unit,¿ but I mean we were all pretty null¿¿ Below grade-level readers will have a very difficult time deciphering the various slang terms used by the characters in the book. In addition, parts of the writing are written in the way that teenagers speak, such as using `like¿ every other word instead of using words that would help the readers figure out what is going on. Language and relevance are another problem in Feed. There is an overwhelming use of the f-word, which, while used by high-school students sometimes, seems to be more like the way that today¿s middle school students use the word - as a filler to make up for lack of vocabulary. The characters in Feed use technology that seems far-fetched, even to a tech-crazy world like ours. Most of the people in this book, both children and adults, are implanted with a ¿feed¿ which is a computer chip that networks into a central source that directs thought. This controls not only what products people buy but also what current news events characters receive and how they should feel about those events. The Horn Book (back cover of Feed) calls this book ¿ugly and distorted¿ and I agree. Even Ray Bradbury would have a hard time convincing teenagers that open sores are cool: ¿We had the lesions that people were getting and ours right then were kind of red and wet-looking.¿ At one point in the book, the feeds convince teens that lesions are cool, and girls begin to have doctors purposely cut them and implant even the weeping droplets that show that these things ooze. This adds to my thesis that Feed would not be believable by kids, who freak if they get even a little zit. I understand that the lesions are a metaphor for the illness of Feed¿s world, but would young teens get it? Would kids understand that this book is a warning or, as Publisher Weekly says, would the ¿chilling...sinister possibilities¿ of this book simply be seen as a creepy story? One of the lead characters, Violet, tries to protest the feed. She is mocked for this by her ¿friends¿ and when her feed ¿malfunctions,¿ the company known as Feedtech ¿would not consider her a reliable investment.¿ This book, while powerful and thought-provoking, is for older teens who have the reading skills, the emotional capacity and the ability to read metaphorically. Anyone who reads Feed simply for a sci-fi adventure is in for a rude awakening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried reading this book multiple times. I still don't understand it. I don't know what the people are talking about, ever. I never wanted to pick up this book and read it. This was a disappointment. And come on, an award winner? Maybe I just 'missed out on something good'?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont read it. What more can I say?
GaryF More than 1 year ago
If you have ever been curious about the impact of technology in the future, author M. T. Anderson unveils a detailed fantasy world in his 2002 romantic thriller FEED. Centered around the main character TITUS, the story begins with a spring break vacation to, of all places, the moon! The reader quickly begins to understand the extent to which technology has integrated into people's lives as the "Feed" has replaced life's most basic functions, even making conversation obsolete. Before divulging too much information this novel utilizes some interesting language. A mixture of current and futuristic terms such as "unit" and "brag" add to the cultural experience of the text. However, many of the phrases and scenarios described in the reading are NOT for easily offended church goers. The author centers his story on a variety of themes that are not always explicitly stated or narrated. The environment, for one, is often a topic of discussion as lesions and other factors intrude into characters' lives and dialog. Romantic encounters are commonly used to keep the readers interest while tragedy adds dramatic effect. This book doesn't clearly fit in one genre or the other; it incorporates aspects of fantasy, romance, and tragedy. The creativity required to develop a futuristic world is combined with puppy dog romance and family struggles. The book in general is directed towards teens and a youthful age group. In other words, for those who can understand the humor and withstand the language. The novel is far from horrendous and far from a must-read. It creates an interesting atmosphere that incorporates humor and various twists. Despite the thorough attempt by the author to maintain excitement the book tends to drag on and the reader is left somewhat wanting from the ending. Although the Anderson uses a fresh and youthful tone he tends to express a social apathy through his characters that may not appeal to an older generation or members of the "Green Party". M. T. Anderson has a record of successful teen and children's books such as "Handel Who Knew What He Liked" and his most recent work "The Suburb Beyond the Stars". "Feed" places as one of his great achievements, however, it appeals to a narrow group of people which may or may not include you. Regardless, Anderson's successful career as an author is has produced several works appealing to a wide variety of America's youth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Swiss writer Max Frisch once wrote, ¿Technology . . . the knack of so arranging the world that we need not experience it.¿ This is vividly illustrated in the book Feed by M.T. Anderson in which a young man finds the fatal flaw in his society. Feed is a novel about a future where almost no one can read or write, but everyone has a microcomputer called a feed. Feeds tell you the newest fashions, show you where the biggest sales are and receive messages from your friends. With the feed there is no need to even think for oneself. This is the cause of a general downward spiral in culture and intellect. Titus, the main character, is quite happy with the world until he meets someone who is trying to resist the feed, Violet. Violet¿s insights about the feed and the society that depends on it shake the foundations of Titus¿ world. Feed has deeply affected me by causing me to think about our world and how we are destroying the earth for our use. On page thirty-eight, when all the main characters are at a club on the moon, someone hacks into their feeds and broadcasts the message: ¿We enter a time of calamity.¿ This sets the tone for the book of how they have ruined the planet beyond repair and are beginning to face the consequences. This novel also made me think about how ignorant our society is becoming. The first sentence of the book is ¿We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.¿ On page thirty-seven Titus says to Violet ¿Yeah, I¿ve been to Mars. It was dumb.¿ This shows how little they appreciate the world around them. Like the characters of Feed, people today have become jaded. They don¿t realize the beauty of our creation or care to think for themselves. They just slide along in their easy lives, making as few decisions as possible. We need to be careful of how we let technology take control of our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Feed is a book of drama and suspense. However, the book lacks a fundamental property, detail. While the plot of Feed is a thriller, the character development is highly undeveloped. Violet for instance is a most formidable character. She is headstrong and very much and individual. But most of what you know about her is from what you can interpret from her actions. Titus is also headstrong. However he is very often portrayed as someone who is a saint or other person of goodness. But then in the next moment he is someone of evil or other malevolence. This creates for a very confusing and uninteresting read. Overall as the book progress the information that is portrayed becomes more fleeting and somewhat unfortunate to read. I believe this affects the book deeply and therefore the book is a poor selection for any age level and is not a book that I would recommend for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book, I thought it was pretty cool, pretty funny, etc. however, when i got to page thirty, all of the jokes, the launguage got old. THe idea of the book is pretty cool, but as I said before, the book get's old. I wouldn't recomend this book to anyone!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book alot ended up reading it at night i am not a reading type of person but i liked this book it was my first A+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ignore any and all 1 star ratings. I read this book when i was 16 and loved it. Have reread it since then (now 23) and rank it up there with 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Time Machine, etc. Yes it is crazy depressing at the end, but no worse than 1984. The slang does take some getting used to, but unless you were born before the last world war you should be good to go after 30-40 pages. I have never met anyone who got the point/moral/whatever Anderson was trying to make who did not love this book. Orwell himself could not have done any better. On that note, i just bought a CD off of my phone and will now update my facebook with it. God bless my iPhone. Further, I am pissed I had to use my fingers at all. If I had a Feed I would have ordered my tunes, updated Facebook AND finished this review hours ago. Really though, ignore any and all "worst book ever titus so dumb ending sad"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of dystopian and post-apocolyptic books and as this seemed to fall between the above mentioned and good ol SciFi I purchased it. The hype had me awaiting a thrilling read only to discover confusing 'future' slang nd bizarre unpronouncable names. I loathe this book. The main character had me hating him from the fifth chapter. Turning a blind eye to the world around him and the importance of knowing Violet. The ending had me angry, sad( I cried, grrr.), and feeling dropped off a ledge. I felt no conclusion to the book just a feeling of dissatisfaction and the loss of two hours of my life I can't get back. Awards given to a novel, don't make it a reader's novel marvel. - Miz Information__ Reference Librarian - P. S. Saddly one must put at least one star as Overall Rating to post a review. Bollocks to that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to stop after the first chapter. I would not recommend this book to anybody. EVER. Not even if it was the last book on this earth. That's how bad it was.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read this book initially because the concept seemed interesting and complex. As I started reading the book, I realized I would most likely be disappointed. The novel approached its plot very artistically and it was very brief. I was hoping for something a little meatier and more thrilling. This novel had the opportunity to be great, but I'm afraid it fell short.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The entire time I was reading this book all I could think was 'Why am I doing this to myself?' It was extremely awkward, and most of the information seemed completely pointless and irrelevant. Although those aren't really the words I'm looking for, it was generally bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was not the most exciting book I've read. First of all, this book lacked a plot. There was no action. It just went on and on about how Violet was really sick and Titus was dissatisfied with her behavior. The book just explained things and that's it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was just ok, it seemed sort of hastily put together like the author didn't have time to decently explore or fill out his characters. they all seemed two dimensional, and although the plot itself was pretty good, the rest of the book was not. almost everyother word a person thought, said or chatted was a curse word and the constant use of annoying slang throughout the book got really annoying, really fast. also the ending felt incomplete, sad, and bleak. I don't mind sad endings in books, but I really started to hate Titus's character towards the end. overall, I wouldn't reccomend this book unless you are dying of bordom.
KenTeach More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact that the narrator cannot understand the implications of, well, almost everything that goes on around him, and despite the fact that he can't express well what emotions he feels, his voice kept pulling me back to this book. Hmmm, I have that backward. It was actually because of those characteristics that I read this book in less than a week, despite having much work to do and meetings to attend almost every night after work. This book is a bleak look at what we might become when we are permanently wired to an internet that tracks everything we think and everything we look at in order to deliver non-stop sales pitches. Like a car wreck, I was repulsed, but could not stop looking until the last page. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The dialect takes some getting used to, as it is future-slang. There is quite a bit of foul language, but it serves to paint a portrait of society in the future. I found this book enchanting, fascinating, and most of all haunting. If you like dystopias, I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book before reading the reviews and after reading them, i was a little put off and discouraged. But the book proved my doubts and the negative reviews wrong. The language and slang is a little off putting in the beginning but the message and concept is clear and powerful. Its about over consumption, our growing reliance on technology, our inability to communicate effectively. I found the story to be sad and at times scary but most importantly it was affective
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feed is set during a time in the distant future when humans have ‘The Feed’, which is essentially internet access, planted in their heads. They can find information, message, and perform many other actions using only their mind. However, due to an ever-growing population and increased industrialization of our nation, the ecosystem has been entirely destroyed. Plants no longer occur naturally in nature, and oxygen is produced in factories because the air outside is not clean anymore, and people cannot swim in the oceans. It focuses on a boy named Titus and his friends, Link, Marty, Calista, and Loga. The book starts with a trip to the moon, where they meet a girl named Violet. She isn’t like the other people in the world. She considers The Feed to be an odious impediment to human society that must be stopped. She feels it is stripping people of their individualism, thus making them more reliant upon technology. She worries that they will soon forget how to do anything on their own. After the group gets hacked by a crazy old man at a party, Violet seems a little…off. What Titus learns, he cannot believe. Violet is breaking, literally. The Feed attaches to your senses and also improves basic function, but, since Violet’s Feed was installed late, the hacking jostled the system that is usually nestled nice and snug onto the spinal cord. Now, Violet is slowly losing control of her body. What will Titus, who finds himself very attracted to this new friend, do? Will he just stand by and let her suffer or try to get help? Will he take matters into his own hands? Find out in Feed. I would rate Feed four out of five stars. It is an incredibly well-written book with many twist and turns. It is fast-paced and will keep you flipping the pages all the way until the finish. The only flaw keeping it from a perfect score is the fact that it can be very confusing. The author kind of just drops you directly into the shoes of the characters and expects you to make sense of it yourself. This becomes increasingly difficult due to the fact that it is set in the far future, where practically anything is possible. I would recommend this book to sci-fi lovers, due to the fact that it takes place far in the future and displays technological advancements we can only dream of at this day and time. For example, people now can live on the moon, where there is artificial gravity created by machines! I would also suggest this read to those who fancy drama. Throughout the book, Titus faces a lot of conflict and tough decisions, and it is interesting to imagine yourself in his shoes, making the decisions he has to make.