The last three months, I was on a blogging hiatus. I missed writing up reviews of several books, but would still like to give my overall thoughts.
Overdue Book Review = Read in July 2012
by M.T. Anderson
Big Themes: Media, Advertising, Humanity, Reality
*Grad School Text*
Summary: In the future, everyone has an internet feed implanted in their brain. When Titus takes a weekend trip to the moon with his friends, he meets Violet, a beautiful and intelligent girl. Titus experiences life without the Feed with Violet and his eyes are opened.
What I Loved:
Relevance: This book echoes great dystopian classics such as 1984 by George Orwell and is a brilliant satire of our current internet use and streaming of technology.
World-Building: The world that Anderson creates is memorable and expertly crafted. One of the way Anderson does this is through his use of language and the way he invents new words/uses. You could do a whole study on the way language is used in this book and I’m pretty sure people have.
Characters: Violet is such a memorable and beautiful character that brought me to tears, but a lot of the beauty of her character is in how Titus interacts with her. A lot of people are frustrated and angry with Titus by the end of the book, but I thought the book was realistic and purposeful.
People have strong reactions to this book. In my class, people either LOVED it or HATED it. I’m in the love camp, but I love dystopian fiction and sci-fi. I think this book is a great commentary on our current society and serves as a poignant warning for what we could become. This is not a dystopian book with a hero, adventure, and a happy ending, unlike a lot of dystopian novels out there right now. It’s a true satire.
Overall Rating: I would definitely give this book five stars for being one of the most amazing dystopian books of the new millennium, a dark cautionary tale.