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Feed | [M.T. Anderson]

Feed

Titus' ability to read, write and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his "feed", a transmitter implanted directly into his brain. Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. After all, how else would they know where to party on the moon, how to get bargains at Weatherbee & Crotch or how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone's been getting?
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Publisher's Summary

Titus' ability to read, write and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his "feed", a transmitter implanted directly into his brain. Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. After all, how else would they know where to party on the moon, how to get bargains at Weatherbee & Crotch or how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone's been getting? But then Titus meets Violet, a girl who cares about what's happening to the world and challenges everything Titus and his friends hold dear. A girl who decides to fight the feed.

Following in the footsteps of Aldous Huxley, George Orwell and Kurt Vonnegut, M.T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world, and a smart, savage satire about the nature of consumerism and what it means to be a teenager in America.

©2002 M.T. Anderson; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Anderson deftly combines elements of today's teen scene...with imaginative and disturbing fantasy twists...This satire offers a thought-provoking and scathing indictment that may prod readers to examine the more sinister possibilities of corporate- and media-dominated culture." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gripping, intriguing and unique cautionary novel." (School Library Journal)
"This brilliant production for older teen listeners enhances Anderson's portrait of a world gone sour, in which even the adults have forgotten how to use language, and everything is dying, including the kids." (AudioFile)

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    Ryan CAMERON PARK, CA, United States 02-22-13
    Ryan CAMERON PARK, CA, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Feed as a novel and as a performance."
    If you could sum up Feed in three words, what would they be?

    dystopian cyperderp literature


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Feed wasn't written to be enjoyable as much as it was written to point at some of the most uncomfortable aspects of our society. What made this less enjoyable realizing that it was written in 2003 before most of the online website and purchase tracking was as prolific as it obviously is now. I think the highlight of this story is that its lack of enjoyability.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having listened to this book outside of class, and then having reviewed that actual, physical text for class, I noticed a lot differences. There are some peripheral examples, like the fact that Baker refers to the school as SCHOOL inc., where as the book has printed SCHOOL TM, but those are mostly material. What struck me, and made me harshly aware that I was listening to an audiobook rather than reading a book is the transitions that authors uses to sometimes represent the movement of the story. These breaks consists of blips and excerpts from what we can assume is the modern media of Feed's world. These are commercials for products, presidential speeches, and clips of dystopian cyberpop, and they generally inform us about the political and educational climates of Anderson's world. Where in the text these blips would obviously just be represented by words on pages, the audiobook utilizes its audible element to create actual sound bytes. I think this is important because while it blatantly separates the experience of hearing the book from reading it, it also emphasizes the benefits of multimodal media (which i support as a cool sort of genre of media).


    Any additional comments?

    Anderson's Feed creates an apt examination of an increasingly connected, digital America. The story is intended more for reflection than for the exciting, street-samurai plot one might expect from this sort of cyberpunk distopian genre. I don't think we're intended to like the character, or necessarily the story. Nevertheless, this is an important and (hopefully extreme) prediction of how humanity can contort the intentions of technology. Having read this ten years after it was written, and only a few weeks after the now ominous announcement of google's smart glasses, I really appreciate this story and I recommend it to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juder Kuipers 02-16-11 Member Since 2008

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    "This was the coolest book I've ever heard"

    The way that audible produced this book is simply amazing. You *feel* like you're in the story, in this future world. I search often for books done like this. You have to experience it to understand!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom West Haven, CT, USA 07-11-10
    Tom West Haven, CT, USA 07-11-10
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    "Loved it, plain and simple"

    I had actually read this book years ago. The fact that Audible had it on audiobook was among the biggest reasons I even joined the site.

    The language is a bit hard to understand, I understand that's a big critique of this book. But it makes more sense to me to have it written the way it was. Yes, it's in some kind of slang and not exactly completely grammatically correct; But the book is a story being told from a teenager. In a world where grammar and linguistics are highly unimportant. It's the same way I feel about the Nadsat in Anthony Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange". Yes, it's also vulgar at times. But again; Do teenagers not talk this way - At least, when not around their parents?

    The story isn't very original, but it's well told. The language isn't perfect, but it fits well. While the narrator wasn't great, he did a fair job.

    I say give this book a listen, especially if you're closer to the teen range. 16-20 is perfect, in my opinion. It's message isn't limited to "internet overload" or "saving the earth"; It is my opinion that what you're supposed to take away from this book is the importance of having a desire to learn. Learn as much as you can, while you have the time. And don't just take what information other people hand you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Plano, TX, USA 04-22-07
    Karen Plano, TX, USA 04-22-07
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    "Do you like the internet?"

    This book was hard to get into at first, but it's overlying theme of internet overload and protecting the earth was difficult to avoid. The author stated his case and the book leaves you with many questions.

    The author, who also wrote "Game of Sunken Places," is a master story teller. The story takes a bit to get into; the swearing and "valley speak" were heard to get past. You are quickly immersed in an America of the future in which everyone is hardwired to the internet and are constantly bombarded with consumerism and dull entertainment. A not-so-unique spin on an old sci-fi theme, but it has its eyebrow raising moments.

    This book is great for a scifi fan over 15 yo. The language is very rough and, due to the lack of ability to communicate effectivly, much of the characters' emotions are inferred.

    KC

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William Lexington, NE, United States 02-14-14
    William Lexington, NE, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the book"

    This story is an interesting twist on the self-centered, narcissistic culture. I thought David Aaron Baker did a great job with a main character who was hard to like.

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    Robert QUEENSTOWN, MD, United States 05-02-13
    Robert QUEENSTOWN, MD, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Autopsy on American Consumerism"
    Where does Feed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of the overall performance and story, this was my most enjoyable audio book so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story really forces the reader/listener to revaluate the effects of consumerism on the invididual identity. Its a very thought provoking book, and its perhaps a warning of what is to come in terms of the de evolution of American culture.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Violet and Titus were together in the mall, and Violet talks about how the corporations create an oversimplified personality profile for each person, categorizing them into a specific group. She concluded that this process over simplifies the human identity, but its makes it easier for corporations to manipulate consumers into buying things that are associated with their personality profile. What’s great about this is the fact that this is already happening. It’s easy to see how this can get out of control. Perhaps it already is out of control. To rebel against this, they begin to pretend to show interest in ridicules items all across the mall, making it impossible for the corporations to categorize them. Hmmmm, an interesting thought.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Though I enjoyed the book, the ending made me feel very, very depressed. I think this was the inention of the writer, but I would have liked to have been....exposed to a more hopeful ending.


    Any additional comments?

    David Aron Baker put on a great performance. He captured the personality of each character so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie FORT SMITH, AR, United States 02-26-13
    Marie FORT SMITH, AR, United States 02-26-13

    I love to read and listen! I like all types of books, but lately I have been reading teen dystopian fiction. Favorite authors are Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hawthorne, and Poe. I am an English teacher and I am always looking for the next great read...

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    "Not your average Teen Dystopia!"
    If you could sum up Feed in three words, what would they be?

    THINK! THINK! THINK!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Violet because she is a tragic hero.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, when Titus sees the light, but them goes back to the Feed.

    also... "Chip in my head better of dead..."


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a eerie feel to it like it was writing our future if we don't stop our obsession with technology. I read this with my high school students and it made them ponder how they were living their lives. I hope it had an impact on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Saginaw, MI, United States 11-22-11
    Rick Saginaw, MI, United States 11-22-11
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    "Quirky, Sad, Scary View of the Future"

    This excellent novel is alternately frightening and hilarious. If you thought the kids from Jersey Shore were dumb, wait until you see how teens in the future world of "Feed" are presented. They are dense to begin with, and made more dense by their media- and consumer-soaked environment. Like any good dystopic novel, the future is recognizable (as it is based on trends that are prominent in culture today) and also a slap in the face.

    At times I wonder if the humor is overplayed. At the heart of the plot is an extremely tragic situation, and when it hits, you feel caught off-guard. But that's a relatively minor criticism, as the work as a whole holds up very well and packs a punch.

    The narration by David Aaron Baker is fantastic! He captures the voice of teenagers in an utterly charming and entertaining way. His performance suits the story perfectly.

    A warning: be advised that this book is quite short. The running time is about half the running time of something like Hunger Games.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-06-11
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2006

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "Neat touches make the audiobook good, but..."

    The story is not great, just ok I thought. The teen romance was a little hard to wade through. The added performance touches in the audiobook kept me going. Definitely not my favorite but not terrible if you like futuristic science fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Byron Terre Haute, IN, United States 04-20-10
    Byron Terre Haute, IN, United States 04-20-10
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    "There are better books of this genre"

    The sexual content in this book isn't that bad but the language is so harsh and filthy it's atrocious to listen to. If you want to read a book that has the same sort of warning about the future of humanity read something like Fahrenheit 451 or Anthem! The story is not at all worth the bombardment of filth!

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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