Feed

Feed is set in a corporate-dominated future in which most people have an advanced internet connection implanted into their brains (the Feed of the title). This connection enables everything from entertainment to advertisements to viruses to be transmitted directly into the user’s mind. This dystopian vision of a world where every billboard knows your name and speech has become irrelevant provides the backdrop to the story of Titus and his relationship with Violet, a girl for whom the Feed is more of a curse than a blessing. Anderson has created a very immersive world where the legacy of globalisation has transformed society into the equivalent of a giant shopping mall. The chapters are interspersed with faux-advertisements and snippets of pop songs which help to set the scene for what is essentially a love story and a voyage of self-discovery, as Violet falls sick and Titus is forced to examine himself and the world around him more closely. Emotionally and intellectually involving, this is an extremely intelligent satire on western consumerism and the breakdown of interpersonal relationships in a world where the medium has sublimated the message. Required reading for all young adults.