Author: M.T. Anderson
Genre: YA science fiction
Page Count: 236
Why I read it: Sounded good
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.
Huh. I don't even know what to say about this book. It felt like the author was trying too hard to be funny and clever, and it just didn't work for me. Like the line about the truffle being undervalued. Not only was it unfunny in the book, it was equally unfunny in the "about the author" blurb.
Also, I was really, really annoyed with the slang. I can't handle the way these YA authors are imagining how they think kids are going to be talking in the future. It's obnoxious. I know kids do have slang, and they swear, but if my kid was this stupid, I'd give them a good smack upside the head.
But the worst part about this novel was that it wasn't just the kids that talked this way. It was the adults too. The doctors, the president. Everyone. It wasn't a brilliantly written book, or a good satirical look at the future of America, it was just stupid.
I guess I had stuff to say about the book after all, and the last thing I'll say is that I really wouldn't recommend this one.