“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”
Titus and his friends start the story on their way to what we would think of as an out-of-this-world trip for spring break. The things to do on the moon is only a tiny part of this award-winning novel.
Titus lives in a futuristic world where media had taken over to the point that most people have a feed, which is basically a computer implanted in your brain. He is fine with the feed and uses it constantly like everyone else does…
…until an accident on the trip and a girl named Violet change his opinion on the seemingly innocent way of life.
This is nothing like anything I have read before. For starters, the way of explaining the futuristic aspects. You learn most details as the characters learn them, and many of their terms are figured out through context clues.
For another thing (SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT) there is not a happy ending. Depending on what you find is the main conflict, the issue is only emphasized and more urgent at the very end. There is no happily ever after. Titus finishes at an all time low, and in the worst possible place to be in his life. No sequel only adds to that depressing ending. However, the not-so-joyful finish left me satisfied with the overall story. It was sad, yet full. Finished, yet not fully done with nowhere to go. There really is no way to explain it (END OF SPOILER).
There is a feeling of revolution throughout the story. You keep thinking “maybe the world isn’t so black and white” and “when when you put it that way, we need to change.” This is a dramatic story that manages to be dramatic without being focused on the mega action. It’s the nagging feeling in the back of your mind when you start to see the dark sides of day-to-day life.
FEED makes you think. It makes you think about your future, my future, our great-great-great grandchildren’s future… everyone’s. What will we do for pure happiness? Will media run every little minute of our lives? What will our outlooks on the world be?
Everything must go.
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