Feed

Feed

by

M. T. Anderson

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Feed can help.

Link Arwaker Character Analysis

Link Arwaker is one of Titus’s friends. A rich, spoiled kid from an absurdly wealthy family, Link is unattractive, but he’s used to being treated like royalty nevertheless—since, in the materialist, consumerist society of Feed, being wealthy is more important than being attractive. Over the course of the novel, Link is shown to be a callow, simple-minded, self-absorbed young person—and in this way, he’s the exact kind of human being a consumerist society produces. In an amusing twist, it’s revealed that Link is the biological clone of none other than President Abraham Lincoln (explaining both his name and why Link is so tall). Link and Lincoln—the spoiled brat and the noble politician—have exactly the same genetic makeup. The difference, of course, is that Lincoln worked hard to become a great leader, whereas Link has never worked a day in his life.

Link Arwaker Quotes in Feed

The Feed quotes below are all either spoken by Link Arwaker or refer to Link Arwaker. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Candlewick Press edition of Feed published in 2012.
Part 3: Limbo and Prayer Quotes

So he's the genetic clone of Abraham Lincoln.
Yeah.
Abraham Lincoln.
That’s what I said.
Tell me what he’s doing now.
Eh . . . the limbo. With the coaxial cable.

Related Characters: Titus (speaker), Violet Durn (speaker), Link Arwaker
Page Number: 186
Explanation and Analysis:
Get the entire Feed LitChart as a printable PDF.
Feed PDF

Link Arwaker Character Timeline in Feed

The timeline below shows where the character Link Arwaker appears in Feed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Your Face is Not An Organ
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
...narrator of the book (whose name is later revealed to be Titus) and his friends, Link Arwaker and Marty, are bored (or, as they say, “null”) and have been spending their... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
...feed tells him about new music. On the ride across the surface of the moon, Link makes a lot of noise by playing with his seat, preventing Titus from sleeping. Titus... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Class and Segregation Theme Icon
Link keeps slamming his seat into Marty’s face. Marty complains that Link is “smashing” his “organs,”... (full context)
Part 1: Impact
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Titus, Marty, and Link—along with three female friends, Calista, Loga, and Quendy—find their hotel rooms. Titus is tired, but... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Class and Segregation Theme Icon
Link, Titus notes, is ugly, but he’s also rich, meaning that everybody wants to be his... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
...called the Ricochet Lounge, where customers can “slam” into one another. Even in the lounge, Link stands out because he’s so tall—apparently, he’s part of a “secret patriotic experiment.” Titus breaks... (full context)
Part 1: The Nose Grid
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
In the Lounge, Link finds Titus and tells him, “This so big sucks.” Titus is worried that the girl... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Class and Segregation Theme Icon
Quendy comes out of the bathroom and complains that her lesion is “spreading.” Link says that her lesion isn’t noticeable, and he asks the girl for her opinion. She... (full context)
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
...is “completely youch” to him and the other guys. She seems to be attracted to Link, even though Link is a “meg asshole” to women. Titus can’t stop thinking about the... (full context)
Part 1: The Moon is in the House of Boring
Resistance Theme Icon
Suddenly, an old-looking man bumps into Titus and yells, “We enter a time of calamity!” Link explains that the man is “completely fuguing.” The man touches Titus’s neck, and suddenly, Titus... (full context)
Part 2: Night. And Boring
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
It’s Saturday night, and the friends are still in the hospital. Link is awake, and paces back and forth. Loga has come to visit, but she is... (full context)
Part 2: The Garden
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
...friends continue to pass the time by blowing needles at the wall. Titus notices that Link and Calista are spending more time together, meaning that they’re probably hooking up again. (full context)
Part 3: Undervalued Truffle
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
The party turns out to be “low-key.” Link and Marty are playing a “zombie-mutant” virtual reality game, bumping into people because they can’t... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
...while Titus talks to Quendy. Quendy chats him to ask if he thinks Calista and Link are “doing it,” and Titus replies that they probably are. Quendy asks Titus if he’s... (full context)
Part 3: The Others in Mal
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
...called Snowblind, but Titus notices that Violet isn’t laughing. While Titus walks to the bathroom, Link and Marty find him and tell him it’s time to malfunction. Titus hesitates and says,... (full context)
Part 3: The Real Thing
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
...including Violet, proceed to have conversations about Coke, over and over again. After a while, Link suggests they buy Coke, since they’ve started to become thirsty. Violet asks Calista and Loga... (full context)
Part 3: Limbo and Prayer
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
The Environment Theme Icon
On Monday, Titus goes to School™ and notices that Calista has a “macrolesion.” Link kisses Calista and tickles her lesion. Titus chats Violet about Calista’s lesion and her relationship... (full context)
Part 3: Flat Hope
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
...of the house and explains that he and his friends used to play here with Link. They would play a game in which everyone had to hide in the same place... (full context)
Part 3: Our Duty to the Party
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
...from the attic, passing people making out and other people “in mal.” Downstairs, they find Link and other friends playing spin the bottle. Quendy spins, and the bottle points at Link,... (full context)
Part 4: 87.1%
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
...beginning of a TV show. Titus asks her what it was like to scream at Link’s party, and Violet admits it felt good. (full context)
Part 4: 76.3%
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
After School™, Link asks Titus how Violet is doing, and Titus says he hasn’t talked to her in... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
...the mal, and suddenly Titus feels like colored bricks are falling down. He, Marty, and Link begin to laugh. They realize they’re now sitting in an ice cream store. (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
The three friends go to the mall, and Titus shows Marty and Link the list Violet sent him. Marty asks Titus why he’s not responding to Violet, but... (full context)
Part 4: 51.5%
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
...else—he’s “someone people could learn from.” Instead of replying, Titus goes to play basketball with Link. (full context)
Part 4: Summertime
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
The school year ends, and Titus goes to one of Jupiter’s moons with Marty and Link. By this time, he’s dating Quendy. (full context)