Author: M. T. Anderson
Originally Published: 2002
Retail Price: $8.99
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.
What I Liked:
Violet was a very “woke” character. She reminds me a lot of my best friend who is very aware of social conflicts and things going on all around the world while others think that that information is silly and stupid when really, its what’s needed to be talked about. I liked her in the sense that she was very smart and aware.
The world that Violet and Titus and his friends lived in was well thought of. Lots of thought was put into and research from the author was done.
There were signs of real life! “I went upstairs to take a whizz…” (pg. 86). I actually really love it when characters pee in books because they are human, they do those things.
What I Didn’t Like:
Not enough detail was put into that world though. I didn’t understand half of slang that was used because it wasn’t explained and I could guess what some of the terminology was home but some others I couldn’t even take a gander (haha). Also some things weren’t explained as to what they were, like the lesions.
If you have not read this book yet, do not continue. Spoilers ahead.
Titus was struggling to hold my liking for basically all of the book. I thought he was funny and cool at the very beginning of the novel when they were on Mars. But they he just became ignorant and might I say, an ass. Especially to Violet. I don’t understand why he treated Violet the way he did when he found out she wasn’t okay if he cared about her as much as he previously said. He was just a stupid naive teenage boy who only wanted a girlfriend, and he even said that to her. I was disappointed in his lack of understanding of Violet’s situation and what she cared about.
The ending was horrible in my opinion. It felt like author, Anderson, was kind of out of ideas of how end it so just went to for the worst way possible. This also caused character development to show in the last two chapters when Titus finally realized how he treated Violet and cries when its already the end and its too late.
It was nothing like I thought it was going to be but that’s a personal problem. I thought, from reading the synopsis on the back that this was going to be like a Hunger Games and Divergent dystopian story about how somebody starts a rebellion and fights against the government and in this case, the feed, and Violet would refuse to use it. But that was barely the point of the novel which kind of bothered me. Maybe I would have liked it better if it was prompted as a really bad romance novel.
“I think it was really limp, when guys can’t talk to girls they went out with.” – pg. 12
“‘What’s happy about a salad?’ She shrugged, ‘Ranch’…” – (Titus & Violet) pg. 60
“‘You’re one funny enchilada,'” – (Titus) pg. 66
“‘you’re so funny, and beautiful…’ ‘Everyone’s beautiful.'” – (Titus & Violet) pg. 168
“life is like walking from one side of infinite darkness to another, on a bridge of dreams.” – pg. 296