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Feed

Downloadable Audiobook - 2003
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In this chilling novel, Anderson imagines a society dominated by the feed, a next-generation Internet/television hybrid that is directly hardwired into the brain. Teen narrator Titus never questions his world, in which parents select their babies' attributes in the conceptionarium, corporations dominate the information stream, and kids learn to employ the feed more efficiently in School. But everything changes when he and his pals travel to the moon for spring break.
Published: [New York] : Listening Library, 2003.
ISBN: 9780739344392
0739344390
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Additional Contributors: Baker, David Aaron 1963-

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susanchyn
Jun 26, 2015

This is ostensibly a "YA" book, but listening to this brilliant, visionary work took my breath away. The renditions of the teen community in this dystopian future were funny and edgy and painfully real.

Hamilton's ear for kidspeak and the quasi-San Fernando Valley uptalk delivery on audio combine to entertain and sober.

A must listen-to for families who care about sustainability.

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danielestes
Mar 16, 2012

You will immediately be hooked by the story's voice and language. M. T. Anderson is spot on in his point-of-view portrayal of how teenagers in the somewhat distant future will talk and interact with each other. At least, it's how we would imagine teenagers to behave. His prose could too easily turn corny and campy, but he strikes that perfect delicate balance in every chapter.

The feed itself, as I understand it, is like having a super-sophisticated smart phone fused in your brain. Humans through the decades have gotten used to having more and more streams of information wired directly into their consciousness. It's mind-boggling how much information these characters are processing in real time that it took me a few chapters to appreciate the scope.

I didn't enjoy very much one of Anderson's other novels (Octavian Nothing), but now I feel compelled to explore his other works. This book is brilliant.

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MOM_MY11206
Feb 01, 2011

It's hard to say I liked this story, but I was very moved by it. The author's concept of the future is upsetting, and it feels very much like the kind of book that would be required reading in a modern high school. The lesson about the dangers consumerism might present is not subtle.

I agree with the reader that said the audio book version was very cool. The prose is interrupted often by the same advertising that is fed to the characters brains. It is jarring, annoying and riveting.

I don't think the characters are the strength of this story, although I felt they were very consistent representations of two sides of the future world experience. I also felt they were honest depictions of how teenagers faced with a scary future would react.

I would recommend it, but definitely not as a light happy read.

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Thistlelaneous
Nov 15, 2009

The audio version allows the reader to hear the "feed," in all its consumerist glory, in a way that the book cannot. Reading these sections has been confusing to more than one reader, but hearing them makes all the difference with the story.

A brilliant look at where Western society could end up, if not checked.

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MOM_MY11206
Feb 01, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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MOM_MY11206
Feb 01, 2011

Coarse Language: Also, drug use.

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MOM_MY11206
Feb 01, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Thistlelaneous
Nov 15, 2009

Sexual Content: mild references and descriptions

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Thistlelaneous thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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MOM_MY11206
Feb 01, 2011

This presents an alarming, and intriguing view of the future America. In it, people drive flying cars, they vacation on the moon, public schools are run by corporations (School, Inc.), and most have a "feed" installed in their brains from a very early age.
The Feed broadcast your favorite shows and music, allows you to "chat" others without actually speaking, and share your memories like slide shows. Most importantly, the Feed provides the nearly constant opportunity to purchase anything and everything based on your individual sensory and emotional experience. Product images are relayed immediately to your head by a remote feed provider.

Titus and Violet are two very different teenagers who meet on the moon. Their love affair is jeopardized by their varying levels of acceptance of the feed. When Violet's feed is damaged, her life becomes threatened. Titus has to face the truth of the value in living life as fed to him by someone or something else.

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