Monday, October 4, 2010
Book Review: Feed by MT Anderson
Tiny synopsis: Titus and his friends love to have fun. Their life in a futuristic version of America revolves around their feeds- a kind of internet hookup in their brains. Their feeds can solve all their problems by helping them pick out just the right thing to buy, or the right place to go, or the newest way to fix their hair. Titus meets home-schooled Violet on a moon holiday and for the first time begins to think about the world he's living in.
Wow. My tiny synopsis does not do this justice. This book is amazing. I have been reading so much lately. Sometimes I feel like I start a book and a prototype starts to emerge pretty quickly. I am not the first person to say there are only about 7 story ideas out there, that just get reconfigured by writers in new ways over time. I can certainly see how my own work is derivative-- it's part Nancy Drew, part Carl Hiassen, and I hope before I am done with it, a bit of Jim Lynch thrown in.
This book felt totally fresh to me. The world was stunningly creative. Mesmerizing. Also, this book approaches a lot of social issues like the environment (so double-yay from me there), education, global corporate domination, land use, consumerism, etc. The world-building is clever and fascinating. At the same time, some of the personal connections are warm, tender, and true.
I highly recommend it.