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Anderson gives us this world through the voice of a boy who, like everyone around him, is almost completely inarticulate, whose vocabulary, in a dead-on parody of the worst teenspeak, depends heavily on three words: "like," "thing," and the second most common English obscenity. He's even made this vapid kid a bit sympathetic, as a product of his society who dimly knows something is missing in his head. The details are bitterly funny--the idiotic but wildly popular sitcom called "Oh? Wow! Thing!", the girls who have to retire to the ladies room a couple of times an evening because hairstyles have changed, the hideous lesions on everyone that are not only accepted, but turned into a fashion statement. And the ultimate awfulness is that when we finally meet the boy's parents, they are just as inarticulate and empty-headed as he is, and their solution to their son's problem is to buy him an expensive car.
Although there is a danger that at first teens may see the idea of brain-computers as cool, ultimately they will recognize this as a fascinating novel that says something important about their world. (Ages 14 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It sounded like the author was trying too hard to be a teenager. The overuse of slang terms that were hard to grasp and unexplained made the book all the more confusing.Published 3 days ago by Cheryl G. Hadian
Very annoying in the beginning! I nearly gave up! I am so glad that I continued! Absolutely gripping!Published 13 days ago by mary wren
Beautiful novel. Describes a future where people have willfully implanted "the feed" (which is essentially the internet) into their bodies. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Camron
It's not far fetched anymore. And really depressing. I see it happening now with Millenials and younger kids. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Lee Fleming
Had to read this book for summer reading, and thought that it looked "boring". I am excited to say that this book turned out to be really interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by alexis
Kind of a young adult version of "Oryx & Crake" where teens navigate what they think is an awesome world but is really a dystopian future dominated by corporate advertising... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark
A disturbingly insightful dystopia about consumerism and addiction to the Internet. I honestly cannot believe this book isn't more famous.Published 1 month ago by Abby