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Leif Hansen

Pacific Northwest, WA
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  • By: M.T. Anderson
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 494

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?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it, plain and simple

  • By Tom on 07-11-10

May it not be so

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-17

A thought provoking story of which the main plot device, the implanted Feed, we all know to be an already existing reality in our daily lives. Maybe they're not implanted yet -though just last month Musk & Zuck announced plans to create similar devices as a way of increasing humanity's chance of evolutionary survivall -joining the AI we are creating vs. our becoming absolute. However, i see these devices as likely becoming a reality much earlier than the era this story takes place in.

Minor spoilers:
I liked the first 1/2 more than the second, and I'm not sure if that's because it got so serious (dealing with important issues of social, economic & environmental injustice, self-centeredness vs growing in compassion, mortality, etc.) or because it took itself too seriously without giving me more breaks and glimpses into the future world the story takes place in. Or maybe its just that it made me more aware of my own shadows, and not with the most merciful / optimistic ending. Hard lessons life does give.