Feed

Anderson, M.T. Feed. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2002. Print. ISBN 13: 9780763622596. Paperback. $7.99.

Annotation: Titus lives in America of the future where technology is so advanced that almost everyone has a feed – a computer system implanted right into your brain. But what happens when a feed is damaged or destroyed – thinking for yourself has never been so difficult.

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Welcome to America.

Kids go to School™ which is run by corporations, but that’s great because they provide the details on the hot new trends. You never have to do the dishes because you can just throw them out after dinner. You can even throw away the table. When you’re looking for a fun time during Spring Break – just head to the Moon. And where 73% of Americans have feeds – interconnected computer systems that make it possible for you to shop and chat with others just by thinking about it.

This is how Titus grew up and he thought everything was fine. But then he met Violet. And then they were attacked.

When a hacker damages the feeds of Titus and his friends, his life takes a turn for the unexpected. As Violet is slower to recover than the rest, she teaches Titus that there’s more to life than the feed. There’s living.

But to go against everything he knows is not an easy decision for Titus. What is the ultimate cost of resistance? And is it worth it?

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Dine like Titus: Order some potato skins because, like, they’re meg good.

Sound like Titus: “meg” = a lot, very      “null” = lame, boring     “unit/unette” = dude/dudette     “brag” = awesome

Quotables: “I want to go out and see the world. There’s so much. There’s … just so much.” (pg 175)

“Because of the feed we’re raising a nation of idiots. Ignorant, self-centered idiots,” (pg 113)

★ Feed is the winner of numerous awards and nominations including: Finalist for the National Book Award (2002), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction (2002), and an Honor Book for the Boston-Globe Horn Book Award (2003).

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YOUR OPTIONS: Feed is available in print, eBook, CD audio, and downloadable audio formats.

Anastasia Vito © 2014

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