Nov 122015
 
Review: FeedFeed by M.T. Anderson
Published by Candlewick Press on Jul 17, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Format: Paperback from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

"We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck."

When there is a constant stream of games, shows, chats, and ads feeding directly into your brain, does the world make sense without it? Titus and his friends have never wondered about the streaming until a hacker causes their feeds to malfunction, leaving them stuck on the moon with nothing but their own thoughts for days. If that weren't mind-boggling enough, Titus meets Violet, a girl who has made the conscious decision to fight the feed. This smart, savage satire depicts a future that is unnervingly close to the here and now.

This book started off feeling clunky. It’s full of futuristic teen speak, and has a selfish and entitled teenaged narrator. It was hard for me to get into, but once things started happening, it seemed smoother.

This is not a fluffy, happy ending style story. It’s actually quite dark. Not only when you consider Violet’s issues, and Titus’ reactions, but the entire societal set up with advertising and capitalist embedded in every second of life, and every inch of brain space, is quite unsettling. It’s easy to see how how current society could become the situation portrayed in the book, and it’s not a pleasant thought.

While the book was hard to get into, it was well worth reading. It’s not a light story, but one that really makes you think and consider the characters and the situations. It felt like the type of book that high school English classes might study, since there is so much in it.

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