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In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2004, c2002.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780763622596
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Ander
Characteristics: 299 p.


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In this futuristic novel, everyone has computer chips implanted in their heads, sending them feeds of information the government wants them to know. When Titus meets Violet, he is surprised to hear she is against the feeds. When the feeds malfunction, Titus learns what it’s like to go against the... Read More »

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Mar 22, 2018

If I had one word to describe this book it would be disgusting. My 7 year old brother could write a better books than this. The writing is horrendous and the language unneeded.

Mar 21, 2018

I found it pretty boring, but I loved the character Violet and I thought the concept was good and chilling. I can definitely see society progressing towards this dystopia and that's very scary.

Sep 24, 2017

This is probably one of my favorite books ever. The language used is incredibly unique. I was able to devour it in one day, then throw it at a wall because the ending made me sad.

It is my favorite book because reading about Titus and Viclet's relationship is interesting and it keeps you wanting to read more.

- Cindy, Teen Volunteer

Dec 18, 2016

We have yet another romance novel where the female serves to advance the male protag in his self-realising character arc. Yawn.

Jul 20, 2016

I was very underwhelmed by this book. It had a great premise, and could have been really interesting, but the writing style made it hard to finish/boring. The author needed to do more "show than tell", and almost everything was told to us by the narrator with not a lot of actual dialogue between characters. The "rebellion" described was small and almost petty...and so were the lives of the characters. Since wE didn't really get to know the characters, we didn't really start to care about what happened to them either. Disappointing...

Armi_123 Aug 16, 2015

I loved this book. Although I didn't find very good comments about it. The writing of this book is different and the plot is very unique. It went extremely slow in the beginning but then it got much better. This book is basically representing the way our teenagers act but in the future. It also mentions how there are some people who care and people who are different, just like our world. Except people don't realize the bad things about it. This book is kind of a warning, too. Because soon enough we might have feeds installed in our minds. You never know! Another good point about this book is the emotions in it. This book made me cry in the end , which in my opinion was very sad. I also loved the characters and fell in love with their personalities (just a few characters). This book was like a diary, but different. Because when you read you feel as if the main character is sitting down beside you and telling you his story. Which is why I loved it!! <3

Mar 14, 2015

The idea was intriguing. That being said the book is a better paragraph summery than a story. The language is at times so unintelligible as to be unreadable. After a couple of chapters I skipped to the last chapter of part one and started reading again in the hopes to story would improve. It became marginally easier to read. The second part was by far the best part. The main character didn't seem to grow or change in any way. Just a run-of-the-mill teenage jerk.

Jan 23, 2015

Stylized satire of consumerism, youth culture, technology. Tone is very conversational, invented slang and language. Characters are semi-literate and inarticulate. Transformation of Titus at end seems abrupt. Source of change or reason is unclear and rang sudden

Nov 04, 2014

In the not-so-distant future, the main character and his friends have technology in their brain that allows them to do everything- communicate, listen to music, and even shop. Fast-paced, fantastic read that makes you think about what we might be like in a hundred years.

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Jul 21, 2016

orange_chicken_252 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 13, 2015

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Oct 23, 2012

Future infants have "The Feed" implanted in their brains. It pumps in every kind of media & commercial & acts like an Instant Messenger, internet researcher, and more. Opiate of the masses. But they can malfunction with deadly results.


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Jun 23, 2014

Coarse Language: some cursing through out and brief sexual references.


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Aug 18, 2013

"Who are we, if we don't have a past?"

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