Monday, November 21, 2011

Feed by M.T. Anderson

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Anderson, M.T. Feed. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2002. Print.

  •          National Book Award Finalist
  •          Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner
  •          New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year
  •          Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards – Honor Book
  •          Chicago Public Library Best Books for Children and Teens
  •          ALA (American Library Association) Best Books for Young Adults
  •          Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of the Year
  •          Junior Library Guild Selection
  •          Volunteer State Book Award Master List (Tennessee)
  •          Riverbank Review Children’s Books of Distinction
  •          Book Sense 76 Top 10 Picks
  •          Horn Book Fanfare
  •          Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books – Bulletin Blue Ribbons
  •          Booklist Editors’ Choice

In the future, most people are equipped with the feed – a constant internet presence in their brain. After falling for a girl with a malfunctioning feed, Titus becomes aware of how it influences everything in his world.

What if you could have the internet in your brain, 24/7? You could chat with your friends whenever you wanted, watch shows, listen to music, go shopping, and look up anything you wanted to know (with nonstop ads, of course). This is the world that Titus has always known – he’s had the feed since he was little.

Titus goes to the moon with his friends for spring break, where he meets Violet, a beautiful and quiet girl. While at a club, they are attacked by a hacker, who floods their feeds with images and forces them all to broadcast the message “We enter a time of calamity!” The police arrive, they are taken to the hospital, everything is fine. Well, except for Violet. She hadn’t gotten the feed until she was older, because it was so expensive, and now her feed is malfunctioning. The feed affects your entire system – once you have it, you can’t live without it.

Titus had never questioned the feed before, but now he’s learning that his life of ease has a price. What is the cost of life with a Feed?

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