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Feed Paperback – 1 November 2012
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"Anderson’s vision of alien invaders is captivating." —Entertainment Weekly
Ultimately, though, I don’t read J.K. Rowling — or M.T. Anderson, or Ursula K. Leguin — because of what their books have to tell me about life. I read them because these writers have mastered the ancient magic of storytelling, and because they remind me of what it’s like to be young, living in a world that seems both simple and incomprehensible.
-The New York Times.
"A triumphant story . . . that will shock and inspire." -Kirkus (starred review)
"In a gripping narrative, helped along by ample photos and shockingly accurate historical details, Anderson offers readers a captivating account of a genius composer and the brutally stormy period in which he lived. Though easily accessible to teens, this fascinating, eye-opening, and arresting book will be just as appealing for adults."
-Booklist (starred review).
M.T. Anderson has created the perfect device for an ingenious satire of corporate America and our present-day value system...Like those in a funhouse mirror, the reflections the novel shows us may be ugly and distorted, but they are undeniably ourselves. ― The Horn Book (starred review)
The crystalline realization of this wildly dystopic future carries in it obvious and enormous implications for today's readers -- satire at its finest. ― Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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 (starred review)
What really puts the teeth in the bite...is Anderson's brillinat satiric vision in the semaless creation of this imagined but believable world. The writing is relentlessly funny, clever in its observations and characters.... ― Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
A gripping, intriguing, and unique cautionary novel. ― School Library Journal
Many teens will feel a haunting familiarity about this future universe. ― Booklist
Both hilarious and disturbing. ― Booklist Editors' Choice
In spite of its foreboding overtones, FEED is in a sense an optimistic novel. By involving its readers in the act it suggests is central to society's survival, the book offers hope. ― Riverbank Review
Although set in the future, Anderson's novel is a stunning indictment of contemporary America and its ever-increasing obsession with consumerism even in the face of impending environmental collapse . . . the novel is both intense and grim. It should, however, appeal strongly to mature and thoughtful readers who care about the future of their world. ― VOYA
Disturbing yet wickedly funny, with as brilliant a use of decayed language as Russell Hoban's post-apocalyptic RIDDLEY WALKER. ― Horn Book Fanfare, The
This dystopic vision is dark but quite believable. Sad and strong and scary. ― Chicago Tribune
The book is fast, shrewd, slang-filled and surprisingly engaging. ― New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year
This wickedly funny and thought-provoking novel is written in a slang so hip it is spoken only by the characters in this book. Teens will want to read it at least twice. ― Miami Herald
A darkly comic satire that can be read as a promise or a warning. ― Detroit Free Press
The flashes of humor as well as the cleverly imagined grim future world should quickly draw readers into this look at teenage love and loss, and at consumerism carried to its logical extreme. ― Kliatt Book Review
The scariest part of FEED's brilliantly conceived futuristic dystopia is that much of it isn't futuristic . . . To list all the prescient details in this novel would require taking something from nearly every page. ― Riverbank Review
Frightening in its realistic depiction of what is possible in a culture addicted to information, this novel is a guaranteed conversation-starter. ― Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year
It's exhilarating to decipher Anderson's futuristic adolescent slang, but his story is a serious one. He has an uncanny gift for depicting how teenagers see the world. ― BookPage
This language sets a perfect tone for the story of a teenage boy growing up in a frighteningly futuristic world . . . The scariest thing of all is its unnerving plausibility. ― Raleigh News and Observer
Surely one of the most prescient novels of last 20 years. ― Lev Grossman
As with the best futuristic fiction, it's scary how little needs to be exaggerated. ― Newsday
The novel is chilling in the way only a well crafted and darkly writ satire can be. ― DigBoston.com
M.T. Anderson mentioned in "Tales From the Slush Pile" ― PW Children's Bookshelf
About the Author
- Publisher : CWP; Reprint edition (1 November 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763662623
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763662622
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.13 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Published in 2002, when the internet was yet to invade every corner of our lives as it does today, this book truly felt visionary and premonitory, particularly with it's prediction of how advertising would track our every movements and filter into all aspects of our lives. A brilliant read, not without flaws, but any flaws the book may contain did not bother me in face of the great strength and force that the novel delivered.
A plausible future if consumerism and technology were to go on to dominate are lives even further. And capitalism was to be very unregulated. It is a dystopia so paints a very pessimistic of our future, I would like to think it would not come to this but I must say I would not be too surprised if the future was as Anderson paints it.
Despite liking the themes, and even the story line is good, but sad. It is written in future speak, and from the narrative of late teens. This limits the brilliance of the writing, it is pretty basic, but I understand that is the point.
Overall a very good book. If you liked; We, 1984 or Brave New World. I doubt you would regret buying it. 4/5