116 pages 3 hours read

M.T. Anderson


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2002

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  • Genre: Fiction; young adult science-fiction/dystopian; satirical
  • Originally Published: 2002
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 770L; grades 9-12
  • Structure/Length: 4 parts; approx. 320 pages; approx. 4 hours on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: In a dystopian future setting, “the feed” controls human thought by streaming internet ads, suggestions, and other media directly into the mind. Everything changes for teenager Titus when he meets a girl trying to fight the feed, then falls victim to a hacker who manages to disrupt it.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Profanity

MT Anderson, Author

  • Bio: From Boston, MA; attended Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Syracuse University; writes fantasy and satire for a variety of ages
  • Other Works: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing series (2006, 2008)
  • Awards: Time Magazine 100 Best YA Books of All Time Selection (2021); National Book Award Finalist (2002); L.A. Times Book Award for YA fiction (2003)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • Consumerism as an Addiction
  • The Corrupting Force of Technology
  • Privilege and Poverty

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Unit, students will: