- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (July 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763662623
- ISBN-13: 978-0763662622
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 543 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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).
Subversive, vigorously conceived, painfully situated at the juncture where funny crosses into tragic, FEED demonstrates that young-adult novels are alive and well and able to deliver a jolt.
—New York Times
"Another book that can be added to the list entitled 'YA Novels I'd Never Heard of But Which Turn Out to Be Modern Classics' and Feed may well turn out to be the best of the lot . . . Funny, serious, sad, superbly realized."
—Nick Hornby, The Believer
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.
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.
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.
Disturbing yet wickedly funny, with as brilliant a use of decayed language as Russell Hoban's post-apocalyptic RIDDLEY WALKER.
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This dystopic vision is dark but quite believable. Sad and strong and scary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As with the best futuristic fiction, it's scary how little needs to be exaggerated.
The novel is chilling in the way only a well crafted and darkly writ satire can be.
About the Author
M. T. Anderson is on the faculty of Vermont College’s MFA Program in Writing for Children. He is the author of the novels THIRSTY and BURGER WUSS and the picture-book biography HANDEL, WHO KNEW WHAT HE LIKED. He says of FEED, "To write this novel, I read a huge number of magazines like SEVENTEEN, MAXIM, and STUFF. I eavesdropped on conversations in malls, especially when people were shouting into cell phones. Where else could you get lines like, ‘Dude, I think the truffle is totally undervalued’?"
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All in all, I really wish I could give this book more stars. I think Anderson is brilliant and shows a very real concept of the future if we don't think about our actions as a society. I just really wish I had felt something from reading it and I didn't connect enough to any part of the book for that to happen.
That said, unlike Thirst, this is worth reading even if you don't actually enjoy it. Good food for thought.
Anderson does clever things with language, inventing believable slang, for instance, in the way Scott Westerfield does in the Pretties series. My favorite is how he refers to education, which has been privatized and is now run by for-profit corporations. The main character talks of going to School, always capitalized and followed by a trademark symbol.
I was disappointed as I drew near the end and the plot began to feel too similar to several other YA novels. Still this book has many original bits to recommend it.
The story itself is about average teenager Titus, who's going with the flow (or the "feed") and living large. When he meets Violet, however, she challenges him to begin thinking about things on his own (not easy to do in this society). Violet actually wants to "fight the feed," and what happens to her as a result is horrifying.
I used this novel with my 10th grade English class with fascinating results. While it's quite obvious that Anderson is trying to get us to see the dangers of our increasingly "turned on" world, that message isn't so easily absorbed by the target audience. Many of my 10th graders really liked the idea of the "feed," and actually looked forward to the day when they could get brain implants like Titus's. These are kids who are on cell phones and computers from the second they wake up. They are constantly in electronic touch with their world, through text messaging, phone calls, and social media sites. Something is always being "fed" into their brains. Anderson wants teenagers to begin to question this fixation on information technology. When do we have the time to think? No wonder young adults have trouble concentrating on anything that isn't been fed to them. But this is a message that plays much better with my generation (I'm 59) than my students' generation.
I loved FEED. I identified with Violet, who just couldn't fit into the world of her peers. I felt sorry for Titus, who wanted to support Violet but also wanted to fit in. And I despised the "feed" and its constant assault on what makes us truly human. This is a terrific novel which needs to be read and discussed - nothing makes that need more clear than the response of some of my 10th graders. They may like the idea of a constant 24/7 "feed" of information into their brains, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. It just makes it more obvious that our world really is heading in a very scary direction.