Alexandra Duncan

Science Fiction. Fantasy. Feminism.


It's Day 4 of my Banned Books Week Giveaway! For more information about how this giveaway works and why I'm doing it, read this introductory post.

Today's book is Feed, by M.T. Anderson. Full disclosure, Anderson is one of my literary idols. He writes everything - historical fiction, middle grade adventure, horror, and in Feed, science fiction. More importantly, he does it well. I would love to be the kind of author who can conquer multiple genres the way Anderson can. Feed, like some of the best sci-fi, isn't just a story about the future, but a devastating commentary on consumer culture taken to its logical extreme. It's smart, it's darkly funny, and it doesn't pull any punches. Its bleak ending is unlike almost anything else in YA literature. It was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002.

You see where this is going.

In 2012, the book was “challenged at the William Monroe High School in Greene County, Va." because of a complaint that it was "'trash' and 'covered with the F-word.'" (Doyle, Robert P. Books Challenged or Banned 2012-2013. American Library Association.)

We have a set of principles in the library field called Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science. One of them is "every book its reader," which basically means that not every book is going to resonate with every reader, but for some people, that book will be incredibly important. It's totally fine not to like a book. It's even fine to think it's "trash" or be bothered by profanity in it. What you don't get to do is tell other people they CAN'T read that book or try to take that book away from them. Because for them, that book might be THE book - the one that saves them or helps them understand something new about themselves or society. Maybe it wasn't an objectively bad book, maybe it just wasn't for you. So go find something else to read. There's a wealth of great stuff out there, and your book is waiting for you.

If you'd like to enter the giveaway for this book, you have until 11:59 p.m. today, Wednesay, Sept. 28th. You will get 1) a paperback copy of Feed, 2) a copy of Robert P. Doyle's 2015-2016 Books Challenged or Banned, and 3) a paperback copy of my book, Sound, which is coming out this week. Enter below!

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