Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.
This novel has to be read!
While the novel is set in the future, it deals with issues of consumerism, identity, destruction of the environment, censorship, big corporations, and our dependence on technology. These are all issues that we face in our present and we will have to address, if we are to have a future different from that of the novel.
I laughed. I cried. I was shocked. I was frightened. I can’t stop thinking about it. This is as important as Orwell’s 1984. Highly recommended (for all ages).