Everything Must Go...Feed
is a very cynical
, young adult novel by M.T. Anderson
, exploring the life of Anti-Hero
protagonist Titus, in a dystopian future
where technology has advanced so far that "Feeds" or miniature-computers are implanted into about 73% the population's brains.
The main plot of the story is Titus' relationship with a girl named Violet. After a party, Titus, Violet, and the rest of their friends are damaged by a hacker. They are eventually released after a brief visit at the hospital.
Then it all goes to Hell.
Not to be confused with the first volume of the Newsflesh
trilogy. Or the 2005 Australian horror film.
Contains examples of:
- Advert Overloaded Future: As mentioned below, there are modifications that can force you to plug products all the time.
- And I Must Scream: Violet, towards the end.
- Anti-Hero: A type 1 in Titus.
- Boy Meets Girl: It doesn't go well...
- Buffy Speak: The text is absolutely fugueing littered with bizarre Future Slang, and it is meg skip.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Titus' little brother, who is so grating that he's never even properly named in-story.
- Crapsack World: However, as seen from Titus' point of view, it is probably more of a Crapsaccharine World.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Violet's dad, after his BSOD.
Fuck you! Fuck you forever and ever! Fuck you forever and ever and ever!!!
- Converse with the Unconscious: Titus at the end, with Violet.
- Covers Always Lie: The summary in the back mentions that Titus and his friends are disconnected from their feeds, and meet Violet who is fighting the feed. While this does happen, the cover makes it seem like that's the main focus of the book.
- Downer Ending: Violet is dead, the Earth is becoming uninhabitable, and absolutely nothing else has improved since the beginning... Y'think?
- Earth That Used to Be Better
- Everything Is Online: Literally.
- Future Imperfect: Naturally.
- Grow Old with Me: This and being Happily Married to Titus are the focus of several of Violet's entries on her dreams list.
- Heroic BSOD: Violet's dad might count, although not technically being a main protagonist in the story.
- Titus goes through one too. After a visit with the deteriorating Violet late in the book, he strips naked and sits on his floor, ordering the same pair of jeans until he's cleaned out his credit.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: A tragic example. Remember how Violet's plan to fight the feed was essentially to create a profile that can't be traced? This keeps her from getting assistance from tech support when her Feed begins breaking down, as no one is interested in investing in someone with an "unreliable" consumer profile.
- Humans Are Bastards
- Humans Are Flawed
- Humans Are Morons: Many people can't even read despite being in school.
- Humans Are Psychic in the Future: The Feeds essentially allow the characters to read each other's minds by connecting with their Feeds.
- Ill Girl: Violet becomes one after her Feed starts breaking down. She doesn't get better.
- Lemony Narrator
- MacGuffin Girl: Violet.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Violet could be considered one as well as a Deconstruction of one, with her situation basically asking "what if The Hero wasn't willing to give up normalcy for the girl?"
- Megass Corp: It controls almost everything in the world, including the schools and the production of air.
- New Media Are Evil
- Psychic Link
- Running Gag: The fictional song "I'll Sex You In" shows up on many occasions, along with the hit show "Oh? Wow! Thing!"
- Second Love: Titus and Quendy are dating at the conclusion of the story.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Violet's father. Until his BSOD, that is.
- Smithical Marriage: One of the things on Violet's dream list is to run away to a hotel in the mountains with Titus. She gets him to do this with her, but it doesn't quite end the way she'd hoped.
- Space Whale Aesop
- The Time Machine: Referenced.
- Their First Time: Averted. Violet and Titus almost sleep together, but he can't bring himself to do it.
- Unnamed Parent: Violet's father.
- Verbal Tic: It's mentioned towards the end that there's actually body modifications that can force you to advertise products in every sentence you say. A rather dark take on the trope.
- Made slightly less dark due to it being completely voluntary and very expensive.
- What the Hell, Hero?: This encompasses about half of Part 4, with the rest being Pet the Dog.
Everything must go.