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This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned. One by. Five fifteen-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological. House of Stairs may be one of the most disturbing and memorable young My best guess is that William Sleator had a nightmare about stairs.

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The author draws the reader in immediately, and through crafty writing, is able to keep the reader right at the edge, unable to put the book down. How can we improve ourselves if we are cemented in the same cycle? It was a useful counter to the speed with which Abigail, Oliver, and Blossom turn on each other.

Similarly to “Lord of the Flies,” anarchy rules, and the reader is able to view the dark side of humanity when left to its own devices.

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In a sucky future America where everyone lives in huge run-down apartment buildings and subsists on synthetic food, 5 teenage orphans of various personality types find themselves the subject of a sinister psychological experiment. Sleztor reflection, the people pulling the strings are far more frightening and disturbing than these poor, manipulated children. Nothing but endless flights of stairs leading nowhere—except back to a strange red machine.

Opinions of a Wolf Honest book reviews to help you quickly find the right read for you or a gift for another. When Peter meets Oliver, he develops a crush on this handsome, houss boy.

So how does a YA writer do it, balancing all those issues, while still writing a good book? He tends to follow stirs. The five characters are very different and very interesting. Five sixteen-year-old orphans find themselves in a sterile maze-like environment, consisting entirely of stairs and landings. By the end of the movie, I was convinced that I had stakrs seen it before, but had, instead, read something that was extremely similar.

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Why are they there? Because even children of rich parents end up in orphanages, the novel suggests human life has become so cheap that children are not cherished. House of Stairs by William Sleator. Survival story somewhat similar to Hunger Hojse [s] 64 Feb 17, Hints are dropped about the outside world, presumably future America, that indicate the teens are from a land ravaged by war and intense morality rules.

Top Create a free website or blog at WordPress. The writing style is not so great, and the plot is -by now- quite outdated: I was sure that The Cube was basically a film adaptation of a short story or novel, but, no matter who I talked to, nobody seemed to remember a short story like that. Peter, Lola, Blossom, Abigail and Oliver are our protagonists and they all clearly differ from one another with the five of them housd a nice range of reactions and interactions to each other and the situation around them.

Paperbackpages. House of Stairs by William Sleator paperback edition. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Peter is stumbled upon by a gal named Lola, whom is a tad on the abrasive side, and they set out to explore the expanse of stairs. The five must learn to love the machine and let it rule their lives.

It will be interesting to see how it speaks now. I immediately sent away for a copy from my local library Hi Minuteman! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This has relevance today, when we are debating the ethics of torture – is it a necessary evil that we must tolerate if our society is to survive, or is it an offense against our humanity?

Follow McNeilAuthor my read shelf: Trivia About House of Stairs. At the beginning, Oliver sets out to shame and manipulate insecure, passive Abigail, alternately treating her seductively and indifferently. Because of this Lola and Peter appear to become stronger people at the end of the story.


So I would think about this book from time to time for the next 18 years, despairingly, and then I was reading a review of The Hunger Games in the New Yorker, and Laura Miller gave a quick summary of the genre of YA distopic sci-fi, and described this book with complete citations!

Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Account Options Sign in. Both books have a similar tone, although The Hunger Games is more tightly written, fast-paced, and suspenseful. Btw, although often recommended A gripping psycholgical tale.

House of Stairs is a science fiction novel by William Sleator about orphaned teenagers placed in a house of stairs, similar to the lithograph print by M.

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His first novel, Blackbriar, was published in On one landing is a basin of running water that serves as a toilet, sink and drinking fountain; on another, a machine with lights that intermittently produces food.

It’s kind of funny because this book is about psychological conditioning and I had a strong recognition reaction to the cover even though, like SingularityI didn’t actually remember any of the plot. Feb 07, Sean Costello rated it really liked it. Peter and Lola, in contrast, remove themselves to a distant part of the maze, supporting one another in the decision to starve rather than become monsters. I remember not being able to put it down, and upon revisiting it, it is still just as fascinating to me.