Feed by M.T. Anderson

Feed Feed by M.T. Anderson
Published by Candlewick Press

 

I’ve had Feed on my TBR list for as long as I can remember, but it was Ana’s review that finally pushed me over the edge and inspired me to pick it up.  Plus, my library had it on audio, which I couldn’t resist.

Feed is set in a dystopian world in which human beings’ primary function is to consume.  To accomplish this, people have feeds installed in their brains which tell them what they want to buy and when.  It also allows them to chat with one another, have instant access to information, and it is intricately tied to the rest of the functions of the body.  If your feed gets hacked into, you’re in serious trouble – which is exactly what happened to Titus and his friends when they went to the moon one weekend (this is a semi-typical activity for high school students).  Titus had the Feed installed at a very early age, and had never really questioned the system in any way.  He grew up with money, a happy family life, and had no reason to wonder why things are the way they are.  Until he met Violet at the moon, who after having her Feed hacked into also, began to seriously doubt everything the world had always taught her.

Feed has a lot of stuff prime for discussion, because not only does this world Anderson created have Feeds, but there are other more serious things going on too.  All the trees on the planet have been destroyed by humans, so instead of forests they have oxygen factories.  The education system is run by corporations (Titus goes to School, Inc.).  The media has gotten so out of hand that the President can basically spin anything any way he/she wants and the people will buy it.  You get the picture.

So, yeah, Feed is a bit heavy on the messages but I found it very thought-provoking and would recommend it for sure.  Titus made an excellent main character because he really accepted the world as is, and through him the reader got a very detailed look at why a person would actually want to live this way.  And it made sense – when you don’t have to think, when things are done for you, when the world is at your fingertips (literally), it would be very easy to become compliant and happy with such a life.  But it is through Violet that the reader is able to see everything that this world has destroyed, and these two characters coming together in a relationship was, I think, the best thing about the book.  Because Violet was able to show Titus things instead of just tell him, and through those interactions, the reader got to see those things too.

As I mentioned earlier, I listened to Feed on audio and I thought the production was really well done.  David Aaron Baker made a great Titus, he had the perfect lazy quality to his voice that is so typical for teen boys to have.  Also the audiobook had samples from the Feed how they really sounded in Titus’ head, so it gave me a better idea of what this Feed thing is all about.

Oh and also, I cried a little bit at the end.  It was an incredibly difficult, moving (but necessary) ending.

Definitely would recommend this one.  Read it and let me know what you think!

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16 thoughts on “Feed by M.T. Anderson

  1. I think Feed is a little more heavy-handed because it’s YA–I remember really enjoying it when I read it in middle school. That scene where one of his friends has her Feed back up, and they’re all listening to her? That always struck me.

    1. Yes perhaps that’s the case. I think it kind of hits you over the head with its message, but I suppose that’s more common in YA. Still an excellent read.

    1. Yes, definitely, a very timely topic indeed. It’s actually sort of scary how much the Feed itself reminds me of Facebook.. all those constant updates, the ads screaming at you every time you log on… it’s overwhelming.

  2. I’m glad to hear you liked it, Heather! I think Anderson did a great job of handling his narrator’s limited perspective and still letting the readers know what really was going on in the world.

    1. I definitely agree. I loved that it was from Titus’ perspective but at the same time I felt I really understood all the stuff that was going on below the surface, that he didn’t really recognize or talk about.

  3. I read Feed years ago when I was teaching, and it absolutely blew me away. I remember particularly being struck by how Anderson dealt with language and the way it had devolved. How can you not love a book that begins, “We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” LOVE.

    It was heartbreaking to me when I brought it up as a possible book to teach and got the kibosh because of the profanity.

    I’m glad you liked it – I need a re-read.

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