Author: M.T. Anderson
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from the back cover):
"We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck."
So says Titus, a teenager whose ability to read, write, and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his 'feed', a transmitter implanted directly into his brain. Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. But then Titus meets Violet, a girl who cares about what's happening to the world and challenged everything Titus holds dear. A girl who decides to fight the feed.
My Summary: I can't really summarize this book that much without giving away a big part of the novel, so I'm gunna keep this short and sweet. Titus is just your average American teen (in the future, mind you!). He's rich, because everyone is, and he relies on his feed to do everything for him: shop, control body functions, read, and even think. Titus is completely happy with his life, but he's a little lonely.
When his friends decide to go off to the moon for the weekend (the equivalent of going to Niagara Falls or Vegas, I think) he goes along, hoping something exciting will happen, or that he'll meet someone. The moon turns out to suck (as stated above by Titus himself) but he does meet someone: Violet, a pretty girl who's a little quirky. Titus and his friends invite her to go to a dance with them later on, and she agrees.
Hoping for a night of fun, everyone is extremely pissed when their feeds get hacked; they all black out and wake up in the hospital some time later. From then on, things just keep getting weirder... but only Violet and Titus seem to notice anything's going on...
My Thoughts: Be prepared, because I'm gunna be rambling on for a while! :P
Ok, I'm gunna be completely honest with you guys: I bought this book sometime last June, right before summer break - it was recommended to me by a few people, and I picked it up because it seemed different. Like, A LOT different. I usually don't read dystopian or futuristic stuff (not counting The Hunger Games and Matched, of course, but those are different) but like I said, I got a bunch of recommendations for this one, so I decided to give it a try.
Then, a few days later, I bought a bunch more books, and Feed just kept getting pushed back on my TBR list. Months passed, until finally, last Monday, I realized it was the only book in my possession that I hadn't opened up yet. I pulled it off the shelf, brushed off the dust (just kidding!) and started to read.
About 2 pages in, I realized I was gunna have trouble with this one, because the main character spoke in futuristic slang and the first sentence mentioned kids deciding to go to the moon for a weekend (my first reaction: "huh?!"). I got through a few pages without giving up, fully prepared to hate the book and donate it to my local library or something. Then, the day before yesterday, I grabbed it on my way out the door, thinking I'd drop it off at the library on my way home from my exam.
I finished my exam early, so my teacher told me I had to amuse myself for an hour. Unprepared, I pulled out the only thing I had with me - the book - thinking I could pretend to read while I checked twitter for updates.
Needless to say, I never checked twitter. I started reading where I'd left off, getting so engrossed in the story that I didn't even look up when my teacher told me I could leave if I wanted. I read until I reached Part 2, then put my bookmark in and left, anxious to get home and keep going.
This book did not disappoint. I ended up finishing it late last night (exams kept me from reading it all in one sitting) and I gotta say, I bawled at the ending. I wanted to reach into the book and give the characters a big hug (of course, that isn't physically possible...)! And Violet... To the people who have read it already: is it weird that I felt like I could really relate to her character?
Anyways, my previous notions about this novel aside, I thought it was an accurate representation of the materialism of our society. Just like today, in the novel, things are going on all around the characters, and nobody really seems to notice what's happening. The symbolism was great, too, and I loved the little snippets at the beginning of each chapter!
Final Thoughts: This book was definitely worth the time and the money! I'm so glad I tried reading it again, or else I would've missed out on something quite awesome indeed. Once I figured out the slang (meg = really, unit = dude) which didn't take that long anyway, I really got into it. I'm sure you will too!
Favourite Quote: "Then you're walking around alone. You know, there's this weird moment where you realize that you're alone, and no one else has been walking for a while. You realize that the moment, the exact moment, when you became alone is already over. You've been that way for a while."
"That's it. That's exactly it."