Author: M T Anderson
Genre: Fiction/YA/Science Fiction/Dystopian Pages: 300
First published: 2002
Edition: Paperback, published in 2004 by Candlewick Press
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 challenges everything Titus holds dear.
After the first couple of chapters of this novel about a dystopian future I thought I would hate it. I did not like the stilted writing, I did not like the language, I did not like the way the characters were portrayed.
Over the course of this novel, I never quite started enjoying the writing, but I did start to appreciate what it was doing and why it had been written in the way it had. There are definitely echoes of novels like A Clockwork Orange and 1984, with its bleak view of the future world but it still manages to stand up as an individual book. It is written for a younger audience than those two. This is a Young Adult novel.
The scary thing is that a lot of themes of this novel resonate in today’s world. For example, the way kids are hooked on Social Media. Considering this book came out in the early 2000s when none of that was as prevalent as it is now, it is a worrying thought where this could lead in the future. It also more than touches on consumerism and the way big corporations manipulate the way we think.
This book definitely gives you a lot of food for thought and I admire it for that. I am glad I read it, but it did not quite float my boat. I never warmed to the writing and I had to push myself through it. Although not quite to my tastes, I am sure there will be people out there that will absolutely love it, so if you like the idea of this novel you should definitely give it a try.
4 out of 7 stars