Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Large Print (4/1/2020)
Mass Market Paperback (8/1/2010)
Compact Disc (3/11/2008)
Library Binding, Large Print (4/1/2020)
Hardcover, Korean (5/27/2009)
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon — a chance to party during spring break. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its ever-present ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. M. T. Anderson’s not-so-brave new world is a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.
Praise For Feed…
—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.
—Horn Book Fanfare, The
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.
Candlewick, 9780763662622, 320pp.
Publication Date: July 17, 2012
About the Author
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
1. Feed is set in a future time when most Americans get their news, entertainment, and shopping tips from electronic transmitters implanted into their brains. In what ways are current technologies similar to the feed? How are they different?
2. Titus attends School™ but can barely read. What are students taught there? How would these lessons be useful to students?
3. What is happening in the world outside the feed? Is it, as the old man on the moon insists, a “time of calamity” (page 38)?
4. In Feed, product information flows directly, and unceasingly, to the brain. How deeply have commercial messages penetrated your own day-to-day life? Does the presence of that advertising bother you? Are there things about it that you like and that you would miss?
5. When Titus and his friends are disconnected from the feed for several days, how do they entertain themselves? What does Violet mean when she wonders: “Maybe these are our salad days” (page 60)? If your life is routinely spent online, what happens when you go offline for an extended period?
6. Violet gets very angry and bitter with her newfound friends. Do you agree with all of her accusations about their lifestyle, or do you think she goes too far? For example, Violet complains to Titus, “Because of the feed, we’re raising a nation of idiots. Ignorant, self-centered idiots” (page 113). Do you agree?
7. “We are a new people,” the feed reports (page 149). “It is now the age of oneiric culture, the culture of dreams.” What does it mean to live in a culture of dreams? Would you want to?
8. Feed is always provocative and thoughtful, but it is often very funny, too. What are your favorite comic moments in this novel?
9. When Violet is gravely ill, Titus mostly ignores her messages and rejects her pleas. What does Violet need from Titus? Why doesn’t he give it to her? Why does she believe he’s different from his friends? Is he?
10. The word feed can be a noun or a verb. Why is it a fitting title when used either way?