Book Review / Feed

Author: M.T Anderson
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult
Year Published: 2002
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Length: 299 pages

Synopsis:
In a world taken over by capitalism and marketing, everyone is constantly bombarded by advertising by the feed, a chip implanted in their brains. Titus and his friends are completely used to this constant advertising. And then Titus meets Violet who is completely different from everyone else he knows. Violent challenges they very ideals and beliefs Titus grew up with, and he’s not sure he likes that. As their relationship develops they also begin to see the feed in a new light.

My Perspective:
This book took a different route than I was expecting. It was more of a love story with social commentary hanging out in the background. I went into this book expecting it to be all take down the man and scream it from the mountaintops. Which in a way made it more powerful. It showed how normally and easily technology came to run everything. Everything felt so much more normal than I was expecting.

The characters were very genuine and relatable. They seem so normal despite the weird feed and everything that goes on with that. Titus and Violet are very much products of their environment. Titus grew up with the feed. Everything about it is so normal to him. Violet, on the other hand, received the feed later in life and grew up with a father who is against it. These teens are trying to reconcile their beliefs and their relationship, and really just trying to figure out life.

M.T Anderson never fails to create interesting worlds with relatable characters. Overall I really enjoyed this read. It was a easy quick read, but also very thought provoking.

My Rating: 4 hackers out of 5

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We Were Liars

Hi Book Lovers,

It was near impossible to escape the hype around We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Although I knew near nothing about the plot I found myself drawn in by the excitement that surrounded it. So when I somehow ended up in the book section of Fred Meyer while running errands it jumped into my cart and I  just had to bring it home with me.

Disclaimer: if you have not read We Were Liars and are planning to I suggest you turn back now. I completely believe it is best to go into this book as blind as possible. Also, it is really hard to review this book without spoilers, so there are going to be some of those suckers in here. Don’t ruin it for yourself!

We Were Liars centers around Cadence and her very rich, very dramatic family and the summers they spend on their private island. Cadence cherishes the time she gets to spend with The Liars.  “The Liars”, as they deemed themselves, consist of Cadence, her cousins John and Mirren, and her kind of step-cousin / secret boyfriend sort of Gat. They spend their summers wreaking havoc on the island.

The summer of her fifteenth year Cadence wakes up in the ocean with no memory of how she ended up there. After spending a summer away from the island she returns the summer she is seventeen and starts to recover her memory and figure out what the heck happened the year she was fifteen.

Ok, This is where the real spoilers start. Just a warning.

I have no idea how in any world it is a good idea to set fire to your grandfathers house just to teach the adults in your life a lessons. That is just an altogether terrible plan! I understand that the aunts were doing crazy things just to win their dads approval and it would suck to be in the position of the Liars. They were essential just pawns for their moms to use. I understand they wanted to do something to end all the manipulative, fake behavior that ran so deep in their family. But really, arson? What kind of fifteen year old thinks of that?

I was not impressed by this book. The writing style sort of drove me crazy. It was almost like it was trying a little too hard to be beautifully written. I think it might because it was written in first person. These were supposed to be Cadence’s thoughts, but they just seemed too poetic. Maybe I just think that because I am pretty simplistic thinker. It just didn’t feel genuine.

The characters annoyed me. Cadence was way more dramatic than necessary. Mirren was a diva. Surprisingly Gat was probably the most stuck up. Johnny was funny, I kind of liked him. The Aunts were so completely desperate. They just bothered me.

The worst part of this for me was the fact that I predicted the ending. I love a good plot twist. I had heard that this book had one. I was so upset when I predicted the plot twist!

I honestly think the only reason I  read this book so quickly was because I was on a three hour plane ride and had already finished the other book I brought. I don’t think this book deserves all the hype it got.

Happy Reading,

Sam