Summary: This book is set in a dystopian future where people don’t do much thinking. Instead, they are programmed with computers and television at a young age, so as a result, everyone becomes “empty-headed” and only care about buying things or the next fashion trend. But one day, our protagonist, Titus, goes on a trip to the moon. However, there is a malfunction with his feed and he needs repairs. While he is being repaired, he meets a smart girl name Violet. Despite everything, they manage to fall in love. Everything seems to be going back to normal, but it seems that Violet is still malfunctioning. Can Titus help her remember everything before it becomes too late?
Strengths: According to our textbook, this book will fall into the category of Science Fiction. It follows all of the criteria necessary for science fiction. Although everyone in this society is “programmed,” when Violet and Titus meet, they feel basic human emotion of love. Just like all dystopian societies, there are rules that must be followed. For this book, it is as basic as being connected to the feed at all times. And of course, the feed decides everything for everyone. The author does a wonderful job of reminding us that it is a science fiction novel with constant mention of the feed and other unrealistic features, like going and getting “repaired” or a trip to the moon.
Connections to the Textbook: Our textbook says that despite it being science fiction, these types of novels explore a “universal truth.” This entire book satirizes consumerism and what it has become in todays age. Everything about this society, from their own thoughts to the way they are programmed to speak is a satire of a consumer in todays age.
Anderson, M. (2002). Feed. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.