Married to the Empire

Monday, May 19, 2008

Book Recommendation

I always have an audio book for listening to while working in the kitchen. I just finished listening to Feed by M.T. Anderson. It takes place in the future and follows a teenaged boy named Titus. Everyone has the feed implanted in their brains, and it constantly streams advertisements for the latest trends, things to do and buy, and responds with suggestions based on whatever a person has just thought about.

Titus and his friends meet a girl named Violet on a spring break trip to the moon, and Titus' life is forever changed. Titus forms a close relationship with Violet, who tries to fight the feed.

The language in this book is bad: vulgar and lacking in sophistication. However, I think the author was making a point. Not only does the feed dumb the population down, but their vocabularies are lessened significantly since no one bothers learning much beyond how to maximize the feed and follow the latest trends. It's also meant to signify a futuristic version of the typical teenage banter.

This book is a powerful look at a dystopian future in which corporations have taken over the world, turned people into worthless beings outside of the act of consumption, and made life little more than a restless search for the next big trend. A society that does nothing more than incessantly consume products cannot survive.


Jen said...

Sounds like the world we live in today...

ann said...

I was just going to say that too. Doesn't sound a whole lot different than today.

Did you give the book a thumbs up? Are you going to see the new Indiana Jones movie this weekend? Eric and I were going to go, but Owen is sick, so since he bought our tickets ahead of time he's taking a buddy with him instead. I might catch a matinee tomorrow or something.

Ewokgirl said...

Yes, a definite thumbs up on this book. It was really thought provoking and left me mulling it over for a couple of days after. To me, that's the sign of a great book.

No, it's not that different from today. It's just taken to an extreme. Take our current consumerism, then take it to the extreme. A definite what-if dystopian future.

Ewokgirl said...

Oh, and yeah, we're going to see Indiana Jones on Saturday night with the stormtroopers. Sorry you're not going to be able to go with Eric. :-(