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by M.T. Anderson | Teens |
ISBN: 0763622591 Global Overview for this book
Registered by shizubara of Petaluma, California USA on 1/9/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by shizubara from Petaluma, California USA on Sunday, January 9, 2005
I thought this was an interesting and frightening look at what the future could become

From Amazon.com :
This brilliantly ironic satire is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into people's brains when they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion and shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment--even on trips to Mars and the moon--and by constant customized murmurs in their brains of encouragement to buy, buy, buy.
Anderson gives us this world through the voice of a boy who, like everyone around him, is almost completely inarticulate, whose vocabulary, in a dead-on parody of the worst teenspeak, depends heavily on three words: "like," "thing," and the second most common English obscenity. He's even made this vapid kid a bit sympathetic, as a product of his society who dimly knows something is missing in his head. The details are bitterly funny--the idiotic but wildly popular sitcom called "Oh? Wow! Thing!", the girls who have to retire to the ladies room a couple of times an evening because hairstyles have changed, the hideous lesions on everyone that are not only accepted, but turned into a fashion statement. And the ultimate awfulness is that when we finally meet the boy's parents, they are just as inarticulate and empty-headed as he is, and their solution to their son's problem is to buy him an expensive car.

Although there is a danger that at first teens may see the idea of brain-computers as cool, ultimately they will recognize this as a fascinating novel that says something important about their world. (Ages 14 and older) --

Journal Entry 2 by shizubara at Apple Box in Petaluma, California USA on Monday, January 10, 2005
Released on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at about 4:00:00 PM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at Apple Box in Petaluma, California USA.

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