For Mature, Clever, Literary-Minded Teens Who Liked Brave New World
A large amount of these reviews focus solely on the profanity used in Feed. The profanity is not "thrown in" as a ploy to attract young readers, yet is used purposefully to illustrate the degree to which society has crumbled. This is most obvious (spoiler alert) when Titus' father comes to visit him in the hospital. Instead of being at least a semblance of a parent, his father is essentially an older Titus (or any person from this society): flustered and confused, unable to think by himself. This immaturity is emphasized by his rampant use of language while talking to his son. I personally did not pay attention as much to the profanity (as it was used with well-founded purpose, as stated), but instead, the opposite of the society as personified by Violet Durn, the true protagonist. She is witty, passionate, brave, and tragically ignored to her dying breaths. The characters are flawed, but this makes it all the easier to learn from their mistakes, some of which we are making, on a smaller scale, in our modern age (reliance on media, addiction to constant entertainment, consumerism so unrestrained that the environmental havoc it wreaks is largely overlooked, attention to trivialities such as celebrity gossip). M.T. Anderson's Feed is a distorted and magnified view of the world we live today- the endless suburbs, miles of shopping malls, constant advertisements and pollution are relatable. I would recommend this powerful warning-sign of a novel to any clever, observant teen mature enough to handle moderate language and dystopia.
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