Since I've finished Hyperion, I moved on to another book on my shelf called Feed. Well, I started it maybe two or so days ago and I finished it last night.

My first impression when reading it was "You've gotta be kidding me, this book sounds like it was written by a 15 year old". The writing is maddeningly annoying. The author uses the word "like" in just about every sentence. He also uses a really really poor slang that is supposed to make it appear as if the story is being told by a teenager, or group of teenagers.

Well, mission accomplished. I was so</strong> aggravated just by the wording alone that I finished the book as quickly as possible to limit my suffering. There were, in my opinion, only two decent parts of the book. One chapter which involved a conversation between the main character and a sub character named Violet, where they argue over the political design of the US. I thought for a moment that the author might be about to resurrect the otherwise terrible intelligence of (just about every) character in the book. I was wrong.

The second good point of the book came around the last 40 pages when the author focused heavily on the reader's emotions. It was a really depressing ending. If it had been a movie, I may have walked out of the theater saying "Yes! Finally another movie that doesn't have the stereotypical happy ending". Being a book though, I didn't have the same reaction. It was more of an "Oh man, this is heart breaking."

I guess I didn't quite know what I was getting myself into when I bought the book from Amazon. Their recommendation system said I would like it. The book is about a future US society where 70% of the US population has a device implanted in their brain called a Feed.

It streams content to them and allows them to talk to other feed users in a fashion that is reminiscent of chatrooms and the Internet in general.

The author focuses on what the media could become in the future. By providing constant streams of Ads and commercials to people via this Feed, people become money spending machines that, in the end, create the often feared "Big Business" side of the coin. Think of it as capitalism gone horribly wrong.

Would I recommend the book? Well, can you stomach 200+ pages of bastardized teenage dialog? If not, then don't pick it up. If you think you can handle a short read with little character development, shallow plot, alarmist prophecies about the future, and absolutely abhorrent dialog, well...then by all means, pick up a copy.