Feed, by M.T. Anderson


Group Members:
Josh Britten
Chris Knaub
Carter Dorsett
Adrian Copeland
Lauren Wrobleski
Lucas Davis
Amy Bongard

Discussion Location: Main Office Conference room


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"We'd been up for fifteen or twenty minutes. Everything in my head was quiet. It was fucked" (44).


DISCUSSION TOPICS


Characters:


  • Titus
  • Violet
  • Titus' parents
  • Violet's dad
  • Marty
  • Link
  • Calista
  • Loga
  • Quendy
  • Hacker
  • Smell Factor

Setting:
-Future
-The moon



Themes/motifs:
-Modern world & reliance on technology
-Advertising & the media
-Rich vs. poor
-Social status/fitting in/ mob mentality
-Corruption of the government/ Business Monopolies
-Commitment
-Deterioration (The world, people)


Questions:
  1. Why do you think the language in the novel was so simplistic?
  2. What do you think caused everyone to have lesions? Do you think it's the result of a malfunction in the feeds?
  3. Do you think the feed is the cause of Titus' emotional distance?
  4. Do you think people of higher power in the society have feeds also? For example, the president?
  5. Why was Titus so mean to Violet by the end of the book?
  6. What made Violet so much different from everyone else?
  7. Why do the people rely on their feed so much?
  8. After reading this book, do you feel that our society is controlled too much by the media and technology? Could you see something like the feed being introduced in the future?
  9. What was the cause of the lesions?
  10. Why was Violet against using the feed?
  11. What does Titus’ and Violet’s relationship have to do with the theme of the book?
  12. Why don't more people rebel against the feed?
  13. How does the setting effect the lives of the people in this book?
  14. Do the feeds have a positive or negative effect on the people with feeds?
  15. What do you think of the way babies come into the world?
  16. What do you think about the fact that it's uncommon for people to know how to write?
  17. Do you think Titus and his peers are getting a good enough education?
  18. What do you think about the nudging in Titus' feed?
  19. Do you think that Titus pushes Violet out of his life? If yes then why do you think he does this?
  20. Do you think that Titus is a mentally strong person?
  21. Did Violet make the right decision by telling Titus about her feed malfunctioning?
  22. Is Violet's dad overprotective?
  23. Do you think it was a good thing that Violet was given a feed? (Thinking about fitting in vs. being your own person and complications that arose with Violet's feed later on in life)
  24. Why do you think that Titus deletes all of Violets memories and then lies to her about it?
  25. What influence does Violet's death have on Titus?
  26. What influence does Violet's lower class have on her relationship with the group?
  27. Why does Titus break up with Violet?
  28. Why was Link considered attractive by the girls if he is clearly uglier than the rest of the males?
  29. What event was the turning point or climax of the book?
  30. Why is the writing style short and impatient?


Quotations:
"Everyone is supersmart now. You can look things up automatic, like science and history" (47).
"Because of the feed, we're raising a nation of idiots. Ignorant, self-centered idiots"(113)
" 'I'm sorry for what I did.'
'You mean you're sorry for what you didn't do""(289).
"I cried, sitting by her bed, and I told her the story of us"(297).
"We enter a time of calamity!"(38)
"They're also waiting to make you want things. Everything we've grown up with-the stories on the feed, the games, all of that-it's all streamlining our personalities so we're easier to sell to" (97).
"Now that schools is run by the corporations, it's pretty brag, because it teaches us how the world can be use, like mainly how to use our feeds" (109).
"The feed is tied in to everything. Your body control, your emotions, your memory. Everything. Sometimes feed errors are fatal" (170)