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MT Anderson

Candlewick Press (2002)

ISBN: 978 0 7636 2259 6

Reviewed by Jason Nahrung

American writer MT Anderson’s Feed is a remarkable story. Set in the dying years of a planet earth stripped of its natural resources, it traces a brief few months of a group of teenagers as seen through the first person viewpoint of Titus.

The story begins on a frat visit to the moon, where the teen friends try to grab underage thrills. Titus becomes enraptured with Violet, an enigmatic teenager whose home schooling has given her an altogether different view of their lifestyle.

Titus and his mates are über consumers, linked into an all pervasive feed through neural nets. They can barely take a breath without being bombarded by advertisements for goods recommended based on buying patterns. They are a vacuous bunch, ignorant thanks in part to corporatised education of history or politics, either present or past, with little to no awareness of current events outside the latest fashion trends. Even the lesions slowly eating their flesh are turned into fashion statements rather than warnings of a world on its last legs; one in which the environment is so toxic everyone lives in climate controlled bubbles. Read the rest of this entry »

Michelle Knudsen

Candlewick Press (2009)

ISBN: 978 0 7636 3455 1

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

Despite having a cover that truly put me off reading it for quite some time, The Dragon of Trelian was a very enjoyable book. With two charming central characters and a storyline that while simple, was very effective, the novel surprised me on many levels, and I don’t hesitate to recommend it.

Calen is a mage’s apprentice, and he doesn’t like what he does. His master really doesn’t seem to think much of him, he’s bored, and living a lonely life. Meglynne is an adventurous princess who simply can’t just do princess-y things – she needs more action in her life and despite loving her family dearly, often turns out as a disappointment from her escapades. When Meg meets Calen, and finds in him someone she can confide her biggest secret in, the pair set in motion a chain of events that is not only unexpected, but dangerous too, but which may see both of them finally finding their true places in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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