29 June, 2015

Feed by M.T. Anderson

It started out like any ordinary trip to the moon. In a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains, Titus, a well to do boy content with his consumerist and ignorant lifestyle meets Violet, a lower class girl fighting against the Feed and its omnipresence and fighting for the right to think for herself. 

Books you have to study in school are usually read grudgingly and seldom become favourites. This book defied both odds and I can easily say it's one of my favourites. Dystopian, check. Satire check. Successfully mixing two genres I love to read, Feed, in my opinion, offers the most realistic vision of the future that I have read about so far. 

The plot was interesting, the characterisation spot-on - Titus is the perfect embodiment of Anderson’s shallow world and Violet represents the forgotten society wonderfully - and the issues and themes that Anderson alludes to are very relevant.

Addiction to technology and the internet, slang and swearing in everyday language, a corporate society where information about you can automatically be gathered, a lack of environmental awareness, decreasing interest in knowledge, language and thoughtthese are all addressed in Anderson’s novel, but they could just as easily be about our own society today and in the near future. 

The best, and scariest, thing about this book is that Anderson offers no finality or solution, he just shows us a world with many flaws and lets it creep under your skin and make you wonder about where we are headed.

This book is a great read for teens or adults: it’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cringe, it’ll make you feel sad. But most importantly, it’ll make you think. Check it out.

Title: Feed
Author: M.T. Anderson

Recommended by Sucheta R, Grey Lynn Library

Sucheta R is based in Grey Lynn Library. When she doesn't read, she has an overflowing shelf full of books and an ever-growing to-be-read pile. When she does read, it’s two or three books at the same time: a few chapters here, a few chapters there and a few more somewhere else. Sucheta likes dystopian sci-fi, contemporary fantasy, satire, young adult and the occasional classic.

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